As I’m getting back into the swing of monitoring the Russia blogs for these weekly reviews it occurs to me that it’s actually been quite a while since I’ve updated my Google Reader subscription lists. So, before you read through the great links below, I’d like to ask a quick favour – please tell me about any top Russia blogs out there that I really should be reading!
And now, back to this week’s links.
- Social Networking in Russia – some great articles and graphics at Scraps of Moscow.
- Kvas. You can never get enough Kvas. Now learn how to talk about Kvas, courtesy of Yelena.
- Talking about food and drink – check out this Russian Tea Cookies recipe from Windows to Russia. I’m hungry!
- An intriguing article from Paul Goble about how farmers from China are renting huge swathes of Siberian farmland.
- More on the Siberia – China population imbalance and its security implications here.
- Another fascinating fact from Paul Goble – Protestants now outnumber Russian Orthodox in Russia’s Borderlands.
- Global Voices report on the increasing prominence of bloggers from Russia’s regions – the dominance of the Moscow / St Petersburg bloggers is waning slightly, it seems
- Slightly out of area, but What does it take to be a female leader in Central Asia?, asks Erica Marat at the Jamestown Foundation blog.
- Stalin’s Summer Snowstorms, from Vilhelm Konnander.
- Joel from Far Outliers makes a welcome return to Russia with his post on American Travelers in the USSR, 1927.
- A geotagged map of Moscow photography, via Russia! magazine’s blog.
- Steve Levine’s Oil and Glory blog will be moving next week to become a part of the Foreign Policy magazine stable of blogs.
And, finally, if that’s not enough of a roundup for you, check out Poemless’ June spring cleaning edition of Odds and Ends.
And, finally, finally, just before you go, check out these amazing pictures of a toy soldier parade in Red Square.