Russian news, notes and thoughts

May, 2011 / RSS notes

31 May, 2011  // Russia is banning the importation of German and Spanish vegetables following a deadly outbreak of E.coli in Europe. Let's hope it is not too late.

30 May, 2011  // Russia has destroyed over half of chemical weapons it had, Valery Kapashin, the head of Federal Department for Safe Storage and Destruction of Chemical Weapons, told. The right way to go.

28 May, 2011  // Russia said it would soon lift a ban on grain exports that was imposed in August 2010 in the middle of an unprecedented drought that wiped out harvests.

26 May, 2011  // Russia opened unique exhibit of religious art "Holy Rus" at Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery displaying the art works from Russian state existed in the Middle Ages. The glorious past.

25 May, 2011  // Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Grechko is celebrating his 80th birthday today. He flew to the orbit three times and spent 134 days in outer space. Happy birthday!

24 May, 2011  // Yandex NV, the owner of Russia's most popular Internet search engine, raised $1.3 billion in a U.S. initial public offering, pricing its shares above the sale's marketed range.

22 May, 2011  // Fires are spreading fast across vast Siberian forests in a reminder of last year's worst drought on record which killed dozens of people and forced Russia to suspend grain exports. And summer has not even come yet.

20 May, 2011  // Russia has offered Belarus a desperately needed $3 billion loan. Russia's finance minister says a major condition will be in the form of Minsk selling off certain national assets. At least something useful.

18 May, 2011  // Dmitry Medvedev, addressing his first full press conference as Russian president, has refused to be drawn on whether he will seek re-election. It looks like it is not his decision to make.

16 May, 2011  // Russia may rank among the top 15 countries by the number of World Heritage natural and cultural sites but tourism accounts for just three per cent of the gross domestic product. The oil curse as it is.

14 May, 2011  // Russia on Saturday started a 1,000-day countdown to the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Not a lot of time left.

13 May, 2011  // Russia won the right to stage the 2016 world ice hockey championship, the latest in a series of international sporting events to be awarded to the world's largest country. Welcome everyone, especially Canada.

12 May, 2011  // Diego Maradona took to the field Wednesday to captain a team of retired superstars in a ceremonial match to mark the opening of a new stadium in Chechnya.

11 May, 2011  // The ice hockey rivalry between Canada and Russia will play out another chapter this week at the world ice hockey championship in a do-or-die game. Let the best team win.

9 May, 2011  // Tens of thousands of soldiers marched in lockstep across Red Square in Russia's annual Victory Day display of military might. People love parades.

7 May, 2011  // Russia's ability to balance its budget has come under threat after a sharp drop in crude prices, especially since the Kremlin plans on boosting spending during coming elections. It is amazing - oil price of $100 a barrel is low for Russia.

5 May, 2011  // Canadian wildlife officials have delivered a shipment of 30 wood bison from a national park in Alberta to a historic buffalo stomping ground in sub-Arctic Russia.

2 May, 2011  // Russia welcomed the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces in Pakistan. Finally it happened!

1 May, 2011  // Russia celebrates a national holiday, Spring and Labor Day with trade unions and political parties set to hold rallies across the country. Just another day off for the majority of Russians.

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