Russian news, notes and thoughts

January, 2011 / RSS notes

31 January, 2011  // Everything has been prepared for evacuation of Russian citizens from Egypt, but such a decision has not been taken so far. Let's hope the decision won't be too late.

30 January, 2011  // An unmanned Russian cargo ship docked with International Space Station to deliver three tons of supplies to outpost's crew, including a tiny satellite and birthday gifts for orbiting lab's commander. Good job.

29 January, 2011  // Moscow and at least two other cities shut all their elementary schools Saturday to help fight one of the worst flu outbreaks to hit central Russia in more than a decade, officials said. Happens every year.

29 January, 2011  // Russia needs to strengthen real economy and build a convenient urban infrastructure in order to establish an international financial center in Moscow, leading foreign experts said in Davos. A lot of work to do.

27 January, 2011  // Russia marks this Thursday the International Day of Remembrance of Holocaust victims. Commemoration date was timed to coincide with the day of liberation by Soviet Army of Auschwitz death camp.

26 January, 2011  // Russia will take centre stage at Davos later on Wednesday when Dmitry Medvedev opens World Economic Forum to outline Russia's massive privatisation programme. But investors risk being put off by domestic politics.

24 January, 2011  // An explosion rocked an international terminal of Moscow's busiest airport Domodedovo on Monday afternoon. The Health Ministry reported that 31 people had been killed and 130 injured. Again.

23 January, 2011  // Russia dominated a women's biathlon World Cup relay in Italy on Saturday, beating second-place Sweden by nearly a minute. Congratulations!

22 January, 2011  // After 233 days in a locked steel capsule, six researchers on Russia's 520-day mock flight to Mars are all feeling strong and ready to "land" on the Red Planet. I hope this "flight" will bring closer the date of real one.

21 January, 2011  // On the eve of 87th anniversary of Vladimir Lenin's death Russia's ruling United Russia party has yet again raised the issue of burying the leader of 1917 October Revolution. It's high time to do it.

20 January, 2011  // Researchers' team from Russia, Japan and US will attempt to resurrect Woolly Mammoth using advanced cloning technologies. Scientists discovered viable tissue from a frozen mammoth carcass in Siberia. Would be awesome, mammoths are so cool.

19 January, 2011  // Former Chelsea and Newcastle manager Ruud Gullit has joined Russia's professional Chechnya-based football club Terek Grozny as coach. What a risky guy.

18 January, 2011  // Tourists of Russia and Chile will no more require a visa for a short-term visit of the other country (up to 90 days), as an agreement to this effect comes into force on Tuesday. Waiting for the same agreement with EU.

17 January, 2011  // Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai will visit Russia this week to discuss relations between the former foes, the foreign ministry in Kabul said. For sure there are a lot of topics to discuss.

16 January, 2011  // Russia has released opposition leaders Boris Nemtsov and Eduard Limonov after a two-week detention following their arrests during a sanctioned New Year's Eve rally. Will the new arrests be soon?

15 January, 2011  // Documents released by WikiLeaks reveal that Iceland asked for $1 billion loan from US. Embassy in Reykjavik urged Washington to back the loan, arguing that Iceland might otherwise turn to Russia for $5.4 billion. Could Russia buy Iceland?

14 January, 2011  // Olga Zaitseva of Russia has won a World Cup biathlon race for the first time this season, ninth World Cup victory of her career. Good job!

13 January, 2011  // Good news everyone! Space Adventures Ltd. said it agreed with Russia to expand flight opportunities starting in 2013. Three seats for flights to ISS will become available after Russia adds a fifth Soyuz spacecraft to the current four per year.

12 January, 2011  // Russian officials investigating Polish President plane crash said the crew was pressured to land in bad weather by an air force commander who had been drinking. Still there are a lot of various conspiracy theories.

11 January, 2011  // The man who created biggest pyramid scheme in Russia's history announced that he was making a comeback with a new investment vehicle that brings in monthly returns of 20-30 percent. No doubt a lot of people will risk their money again.

9 January, 2011  // A bear apparently wounded by hunters broke into a school in the Primorye Territory in Russia's Far East, police said Sunday. Yeah, bears walking the streets of Russian cities.

8 January, 2011  // Air temperature of minus 61.2 degrees Celsius was reported last night in Oimyakon settlement in Yakutia Republic, known as the cold pole. Not so cold at all, in 1933 the temperature registered was minus 67.7.

7 January, 2011  // Estonia's introduction of Euro has sparked controversy after it was claimed that a map of this Baltic country on the new Estonian one euro coin appears to include a chunk of neighboring Russia.

6 January, 2011  // Artemi Panarin scored twice and Russia overcame a three-goal deficit in the third period to stun Canada, 5-3, in the gold-medal game in the World Junior Hockey Championships on Wednesday night. Congratulations!

5 January, 2011  // When Canada and Russia face off in gold-medal final at the world junior championship Wednesday night (7:30 p.m. ET) in Buffalo, N.Y., the nations will renew a rivalry steeped in hockey supremacy. Let the best team win!

4 January, 2011  // Two Russian icebreakers are working to reach more than 500 people stranded on ships in the Sea of Okhotsk, off Russia's far eastern coast. Three ships have been trapped since Friday in ice up to 2m (6.5ft) thick. Good luck!

3 January, 2011  // In 2010 Russia set a 20-year record oil output (10 mln barrels daily) retaining its position of world's biggest producer. Natural gas production climbed 12 percent (650 bln cubic meters) making Russia world's main producer. Who needs modernizing in this case?

2 January, 2011  // Russia is not ready for growth of tourism as it still has bad roads and undeveloped infrastructure, Vitaly Mutko, Minister of Tourism said. True statement from the heart, both classic Russian problems, roads and fools, are not going anywhere.

1 January, 2011  // April 12th, 2011 will mark half a century since Yuri Gagarin blasted off aboard Vostok space rocket to make the first-ever circle around the Earth. To mark the date, Russia has proclaimed 2011 the Year of Russian Cosmonautics. The person almost all Russian people are proud of.

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