This is a blog for use in both of my HIS 241 and HIS 242 Russian history survey courses at Northern Virginia Community College.

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19 July 2009

Another Russian Journalist Has Been Murdered

The editorial piece by Tanya Lokshina, Another Voice Silenced in Russia (Washington Post, 17 July) documented yet another in a long series of "mysterious murders" of journalists who have dared to criticize the Russian government's actions, particularly those that have occurred in Chechnya.

14 July 2009

Hoopla over Summit

President Obama visited Russia, and pretty much nothing was accomplished, and pretty much all has been forgotten. One wonders if President Obama has invited President Medvedev to visit the US (alone and without Vladimir Putin).
Anyway, the economies in both the US and Russia have hit the skids in the last year, and both have been trying some desparate measures to keep people employed.
Both the US and Russia are involved in tangled foreign policy issues, Afghanistan and Chechnya to name but two.