Yashin on “Klu-Klux Fans”

“Football stands have turned into mass media,” writes Yabloko youth leader Ilya Yashin in his article, “Ku-Klux Fans” in Novaya gazeta (A rather crude English translation can be found here).  “It all started under a sports’ “rubric”: banners and slogans.  Then it spread to politics.  And now it’s radical.  In the last few weeks there […]

“Russia is like a tub full of dough”

I received the Fall 2007 issue of the Slavic Review in the mail yesterday.  While flipping through it, I couldn’t help admiring the accuracy of this quotation from Khrushchev that opens Timothy Frye’s review of Kathryn Stoner-Weiss, Resisting the State: Reform and Retrenchment in Post-Soviet Russia. Khrushchev told Castro during the latter’s visit to the […]

Twists and Turns

The investigation into Anna Politkovskaya’s murder took another dramatic turn today as Novaya gazeta reported that the chief investigator in the case, Piotr Gabiryan, was replaced for a “more senior official.”  According to the Moscow Times, Dmitri Muratov, Novaya’s editor, said on Ekho Moskvy that Gabiryan’s removal was the “result of interference by the siloviki.  […]