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Consortium News Conducts Search For New Editor-in-Chief
Vladimir Putin: US took 'hostile step' in publishing list of Russians linked to Kremlin
Massive New Stalin Biography Outdoes Everything Written Before
Wishes from the wings
Russian school students present 1,800 textbooks to Kyrgyz children
Consortium News Conducts Search For New Editor-in-Chief
2018-02-12 15:33:26 For the past few weeks, since Robert Parry’s health issues led to his hospitalization and to his untimely passing, his assistant editor, Chelsea Gilmour, and I have been handling the daily editing and upkeep of this website. We greatly appreciate the committed group of writers my dad has worked with over the years, who have continued to contribute quality content and offer unique perspectives on the most pressing issues of the day   Read More ...
Vladimir Putin: US took 'hostile step' in publishing list of Russians linked to Kremlin
2018-01-30 16:51:46 Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Trump administration made a "hostile step'' when it published a list of Russian businessmen and politicians as part of a sanctions law against Moscow. The long-awaited US publication appears to be mainly a list of people in Russian government, along with 96 "oligarchs'' from a Forbes magazine ranking of Russian billionaires. The list, ordered by Congress in response to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign, had induced fear among rich Russians that it could lead to US sanctions or being informally blacklisted in the global financial system   Read More ...
US took ‘hostile step’ in publishing Russia list
2018-01-30 16:00:46 MOSCOW | Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday the Trump administration made a “hostile step” when it published a list of Russian businessmen and politicians as part of a sanctions law against Moscow. The long-awaited U.S. publication appears to be mainly a list of people in Russian government, along with 96 “oligarchs” from a Forbes magazine ranking of Russian billionaires   Read More ...
Putin: US took 'hostile step' in publishing Russia list - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-01-30 15:50:37 MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday the Trump administration made a "hostile step" when it published a list of Russian businessmen and politicians as part of a sanctions law against Moscow. The long-awaited U.S. publication appears to be mainly a list of people in Russian government, along with 96 "oligarchs" from a Forbes magazine ranking of Russian billionaires   Read More ...
Massive New Stalin Biography Outdoes Everything Written Before
2017-11-25 11:02:16 "Putin himself told the filmmaker Oliver Stone that Stalin is a “complex figure.” The purge trials, collectivization, and mass famine in Ukraine are out; Stalin the proud victor of the Great Patriotic War is in. What to make of it all?" In April 1934, the poet Osip Mandelstam bumped into Boris Pasternak on a Moscow street. He recited verses that he had read a few weeks earlier to a few intimate friends   Read More ...
Jeffrey Toobin writing a book about Trump-Russia scandal
2017-11-15 19:17:48 Jeffrey Toobin, the CNN legal analyst and New Yorker reporter, will publish a new book about the Russia scandal that has clouded the first year of Donald Trump's presidency. There's no title or publication date as yet for the book, which will look into special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials and their representatives   Read More ...
MUST-READ: Putin's Praetorians - Confessions of the Top Kremlin Trolls
2017-10-28 00:08:13 Putin's Praetorians contains the stories of some of the people involved in a unique movement to debunk those who would demonize Russia in general and Putin in particular. The "confessions" of those labeled as "Kremlin Trolls" reveal the psychology behind one of the most effective social crusading moments in history. The colorful personalities and passionate stories in the book also reveal a largely unspoken truth about Vladimir Putin-- the real reasons why so many support and admire Russia's leader. The combination of contributions from some of the Internet's most famous and influential media stars, combined with stories from typical Internet aficionados blows holes in the foundations of Russiagate   Read More ...
‘That’s not literature’: Clashes erupt as right-wing publisher presents book at Frankfurt fair
2017-10-14 22:06:30 Clashes erupted during a book presentation by right-wing publisher Antaios at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Saturday. Alternative for Germany (AfD) politician Bjorn Hocke was among the presentation attendees picketed by the protesters. About 100 Antifa protesters have been reported to be on site at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and 3 people have been reportedly arrested. RT LIVE Subscribe to RT! Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Google+ Listen to us on Soundcloud: RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark   Read More ...
New Book Will Investigate Trump-Russia Connection
2017-09-12 19:38:27 Conspiracies surrounding Russian meddling in American politics used to be the terrain of novelists. Now nonfiction writers get to dig in. Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened,” her account of the 2016 presidential election, went on sale Tuesday, and another book about the election, an investigative look by two journalists into the controversies surrounding Donald J. Trump, Vladimir Putin and Russia’s influence, isn’t far behind   Read More ...
Russia sends 30 teachers and 60,000 books to Tajikistan
2017-09-05 10:03:15 A humanitarian aid in the form of more than 60,000 textbooks in Russian language will be spread to school of Tajikistan soon, Russian media report. The new books and 30 teachers were sent by Russia last week in the framework of bilateral agreement between the two countries. Textbooks in Russian language are not published in Tajikistan. They are brought from Russia for more than 10 years, the report says   Read More ...
'The House of Government' is packed with a fascinating tangle of true, uniquely Russian stories
2017-08-18 16:16:28 The subtitle of Yuri Slezkine's mammoth new book, The House of Government, is “A Saga of the Russian Revolution,” and this, combined with the book's wry variation on the standard opening disclaimer – “This is a work of history. Any resemblance to fictional characters, dead or alive, is entirely coincidental” – gives a clear indication of the nature of Slezkine's ambition here   Read More ...
The Russian Revolution Recast as an Epic Family Tragedy
2017-08-18 11:04:26 It was winter in Petrograd, exactly 100 years ago. The imperial Russian Army was exhausted from fighting the Germans in World War I. There were bread shortages, strikes, mutinies. In March 1917 Czar Nicholas II abdicated the throne. The Germans smuggled Lenin back to Petrograd from Swiss exile in a sealed train car. It is worth dwelling on that sealed train car: Had Lenin not arrived in Petrograd in April 1917, the 20th century as we know it would not have happened   Read More ...
Legends of Russian literature remembered
2017-06-12 04:45:10 The Russian Cultural Centre on Sunday observed the Russian Language Day. The observance coincided with the birthday of Russian poet Alexander Puskhin. Novelist George Onakkoor inaugurated a seminar that was conducted as part of the observance. In his address, he said that Russian literature has influenced Malayalam litterateurs to a large extent. History and politics have brought Keralites closer to Russian literary works over the years, he pointed out   Read More ...
Read Bolshevik poet Mayakovsky, Russia advises US
2017-05-25 13:34:38 Russia's Foreign Ministry has recommended a communist poet to US ex-Secretary of State John Kerry, after he advised US students to learn Russian. In a speech, Mr Kerry strongly criticised President Donald Trump and his team, amid an investigation into their alleged close links with Russia. A ministry spokesperson said the former US administration should have read the Soviet poems of Vladimir Mayakovsky   Read More ...
Google Doodle Celebrates Beloved Russian Poet Bella Akhmadulina
2017-04-10 07:04:05 Russian poet, short story writer, and translator Bella Akhmadulina was honored with a Google Doodle tribute on what would have been her 80th birthday. Born in Moscow on April 10, 1937, Akhmadulina was a star of the Russian New Wave literary movement that emerged in the 1960s and was considered one of the era's greatest poets by her contemporaries. The recipient of a panoply of prestigious awards such as the Pushkin Prize and USSR State Prize, Akhmadulina frequently recited her work to packed auditoriums and stadiums at home and abroad   Read More ...
Wishes from the wings
2017-03-03 14:55:53 A talented story writer can range an immense landscape — as Chekhov did in Russia — zeroing in on precise situations of intense isolation and, story by story, drawing what seems to be a map of national character. The bigger the country, the more necessary the short story form. In her excellent first collection, “Homesick for Another World,” Ottessa Moshfegh, the daughter of a Croatian mother and an Iranian father,   Read More ...
Russian writer sparks war of words by joining Ukraine rebels
2017-02-26 12:22:28 Moscow: One of Russia’s best known novelists, Zakhar Prilepin, has sparked a bitter row among top writers by revealing he is now fighting with pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. Prilepin is acclaimed for novels drawing on his experiences of serving with Russian forces in Chechnya and as a member of a banned radical nationalist group, and has won some of Russia’s top literary awards. The shaven-headed writer has been a frequent   Read More ...
China Politely Asks US Government to Read a History Book
2017-02-10 01:15:23 China suggests that the Trump Administration read a history book. This is obviously the least painful way to resolve the pointless dispute in the South China Sea.   Read More ...
Russian school students present 1,800 textbooks to Kyrgyz children
2017-02-09 10:28:41 The Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Russia received the Head of Rostov urban settlement in Yaroslavl oblast Konstantin Shevkoplyas at the Kyrgyz Embassy on Feb. 8. The representatives of Yaroslavl donated 1,800 textbooks to schoolchildren in Kyrgyzstan, reported the press service of the Embassy. According to Shevkoplyas, collecting of books started in October 2016 as part of the large-scale campaign “From schoolchildren of Russia to children of Kyrgyzstan." The campaign is   Read More ...
What Makes Russia Tick? Foreigners Share Their Stories in Beautiful New Book About Russia
2017-02-05 19:21:09 Russia's DNA is a selection of essays by Americans, Englishmen, Scots, Frenchmen, Indians, Italians, you name it - even a Turkish poet, whose lives are closely linked with Russia. The book was conceived of and compiled by Russian filmmaker Alexander Korobko, known for his Russia Hour TV series in the UK. He set out to create a kaleidoscope of different opinions about what makes Russia tick, from foreigners who understand   Read More ...
Russian tank maker publishes 'patriotic' children's book
2017-02-01 03:38:28 One of Russia's largest defence companies has published a book about its tanks for children of pre-school age. The illustrated story, Adventures of the Little Tank, follows a toy that's been accidentally left behind overnight in the museum of defence manufacturer Uralvagonzavod. The forgotten little tank spends the night meeting the facility's full-size machines and hearing all about their "adventures" in foreign lands, the company says. Penned by well-known children's   Read More ...
A NEW LOW: Ukraine Has Outright Banned Russian Book Imports
2017-01-31 09:54:21 Ukraine has imposed a complete ban on importing books from Russia to be in effect until April 1, 2017, Alexander Afonin, head of the Ukrainian Association of Publishers and Booksellers, said on Thursday. "A ban was imposed on [books imports] from January 1 to April 1 until the relevant regulations and verification mechanism have been developed," he told Ukraine’s Vesti. Meanwhile, a source at the Kharkov Customs Office said they   Read More ...
‘Patriots’ Charts a Family’s Reverse Journey From Brooklyn to the Gulag
2017-01-24 13:41:40 THE PATRIOTS By Sana Krasikov. 542 pp. Spiegel & Grau. $28. Russia once again poses a threat to American democracy. What will it do to American literature? Our most vulnerable faction — our first responders — would seem to be the writers in the thriving subgenre of the Russian-Jewish émigré novel. Its members — among them Gary Shteyngart, Boris Fishman, Anya Ulinich, Ellen Litman and Kseniya Melnik — were born   Read More ...
The problem with BuzzFeed’s defense of publishing the Trump-Russia dossier
2017-01-24 03:29:31 BuzzFeed Editor in Chief Ben Smith used the New York Times's op-ed page Monday to defend his website's hotly debated decision this month to publish documents containing unproven claims about a Russian effort to compromise President Trump. He began like this: Since BuzzFeed News published a 35-page dossier of unverified allegations about ties between President Donald J. Trump and Russia, I've heard a chorus of criticism from journalists who   Read More ...
New York Times public editor says paper might have been ‘too timid’ on Trump and Russia
2017-01-22 14:27:37 Journalists in the past two weeks have come down hard on BuzzFeed for, in their view, publishing too much information about President Trump and Russia. This week, the New York Times's public editor criticized the newspaper for, in her judgment, publishing too little. Liz Spayd wrote on Friday that "a strong case can be made that the Times was too timid in its decisions not to publish the material it   Read More ...
Old Russian and US spy novel 'The Twentieth of January' climbs chart
2017-01-22 10:54:47 A spy novel written nearly 40 years ago about Russia attempting to get one of its own into the White House has risen to the top of the download charts in its genre. Former British spy and author Ted Allbeury, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, wrote The Twentieth Day of January during heightened cold war tensions in 1980. The 37-year-old novel has attracted a fresh wave of attention as its   Read More ...
Fiction: In Ottessa Moshfegh’s Stories, Fringe Figures Make Feckless Attempts at Connection
2017-01-21 01:53:51 HOMESICK FOR ANOTHER WORLD. By Ottessa Moshfegh 294 pp. Penguin Press. $26. A talented story writer can range an immense landscape — as Chekhov did in Russia — zeroing in on precise situations of intense isolation and, story by story, drawing what seems to be a map of national character. The bigger the country, the more necessary the short story form. In her excellent first collection, “Homesick for Another World,”   Read More ...
J.K. Rowling Went After Trump And His Tiny, Dangerous Fingers
2017-01-12 05:16:48 Donald Trump’s first news conference as president-elect was unsettling, to say the least. And J.K. Rowling, much like the rest of the world, took notice. Shortly before the conference, the Harry Potter author went on Twitter and took a jab at Trump’s claim that he had no ties to Russia, defending himself against the unverified allegations that the Russian government had been backing Trump for years. “Must be telling the   Read More ...
Tintin takes on Russians in new colour version of original epic
2017-01-11 22:29:34 Paris: Tintin has discovered his inner Rambo and is ready to give Russian bully boys a taste of their own medicine in a book that will go on sale in France on Wednesday. But before Moscow condemns it as another piece of Western Russophobia, this has nothing to do with Vladimir Putin. Tintin and the Soviets is finally being published in colour more than eight decades after the comic book   Read More ...
BuzzFeed's ridiculous rationale for publishing the Trump-Russia dossier
2017-01-11 18:15:32 It's a cliche for editors: Let readers decide for themselves. It is most commonly uttered in reference to public policy debates or investigative revelations, when arguments have been presented and facts are well established. On Tuesday, BuzzFeed plopped the term into a very different context. In a story with three bylines -- Ken Bensinger, Mark Schoofs and Miriam Elder -- the news division of the popular website published a dossier   Read More ...
Tintin takes on Russians in new colour version of original epic
2017-01-11 16:53:23 Tintin has discovered his inner Rambo and is ready to give Russian bully boys a taste of their own medicine in a book which will go on sale in France Wednesday. "Tintin and the Soviets" is finally being published in colour more than eight decades after the comic book first appeared, at a time when Europe was also fretting about a rising Russian menace. It was only in 1999, 16   Read More ...
Media organizations cite desire for transparency as reason for publishing Trump-Russia dossier
2017-01-11 05:06:33 BuzzFeed's editor-in-chief said via Twitter Tuesday night that his news organization was seeking transparency when it opted to publish a dossier of allegations by Russian operatives who say they have obtained information that could be damaging to President-elect Trump and former White House contender Hillary Clinton. BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith said in a note to staff and shared via Twitter that the organization opted to share the intelligence report on   Read More ...
Shorthand for Suffering: Siberia Under the Czars
2017-01-05 03:25:58 THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD. Siberian Exile Under the Tsars. By Daniel Beer. Illustrated. 464 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $35. The title of “The House of the Dead” — Daniel Beer’s history of the vast penal system Russia created in Siberia in the 19th century — comes from the novel Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote about his own experience of exile. His banishment, following a mock execution in St. Petersburg in 1849   Read More ...
OPEN DISCUSSION: Your Suggestions - Best Books About Russia?
2016-12-19 08:50:44 Dear readers, We are putting together a list of non-fiction books about Russia which we particularly recommend, both recent and past, which we want to feature on the website. There are so many awful and misleading books about Russia out there - we thought it would be a community service to point readers in the direction of what we believe to be worthwhile, many of which get very little publicity.   Read More ...
Editors Warned to Shun Fake News and Embrace Editorial Integrity - William Dunkerley
2016-11-30 01:50:36 Subject Russia: Editors Warned to Shun Fake News and Embrace Editorial Integrity Note: This article was originally published under the title "Fake News vs. The Editor" in Editors Only, a journalist insider publication for magazine and newspaper editors. It admonishes editors to serve their readers instead of pressure groups. The 2016 presidential election season brought the issue of editorial integrity to the fore.Many media stories took up the phenomenon called   Read More ...
The Moscow Times Is Hiring - Sub Editor
2016-07-15 18:25:27 The Moscow Times is looking for a sub editor to work across its print and web editions at our headquarters in Moscow. The role involves editing texts — from news briefs to reportage. You will work with writers and senior editors to ensure stories are crisp and compelling, free of factual and grammar mistakes, and consistent with Moscow Times style. The role may also from time to time   Read More ...
Great New Book on History of Western Russophobia
2016-07-15 14:26:24 Review of the book “Russie-Occident – une guerre de mille ans: La russophobie de Charlemagne à la Crise Ukrainienne” (“The West vs Russia – a thousand year long war: russophobia from Charlemange to the Ukrainian Crisis”) by Guy Mettan, Editions des Syrtes, Genève, Suisse, 2015 (www.editions-syrtes.fr). Initially, I planed to write a ‘regular’ review of this book, but by the time I finished reading it I realize that nothing short   Read More ...
Alexander Pushkin: The Father of Russian Literature
2016-06-08 14:15:04 Every year on June 6, Russia celebrates the birthday of the greatest Russian poet of all time: Alexander Pushkin. This year was no exception. There were many poetic evenings and exhibitions consecrated to this luminary of Russian poetry within the country and abroad. There was a joke about it: “If not for a mortal duel with d'Anthès, Pushkin would be 217 years old.” This joke reflects the Russian attitude towards   Read More ...
Russia's Top Cop Becomes Member of Writers' Union
2016-06-04 14:22:08 The head of Russia's Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, has become a member of the country's Union of Writers, the Committee’s press service said in a statement Thursday. Bastrykin is the author of the books “Fingerprinting. Signs of hands” and “The Murder of S.M. Kirov.” He has also written books dedicated to the Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya and former deputy speaker of Russia's State Duma Lyudmila Shvetsova. Bastrykin thanked   Read More ...
The Essential Reading List on Putin and Russia - Danielle Ryan
2016-05-27 18:14:40 Some of my favorite books on Russia. I'll continue adding to this list with any more worth reading as I get through them. One of my favorites (and by an Irish journalist). "...a unique and truly suspenseful thriller of the day the Soviet Union died." Cohen argues that the Soviet Union was "capable of reform" and that Washington was the first to squander the opportunity to build a new and   Read More ...