What happens when you start tossing treaties?
"The Kremlin’s decision to suspend compliance with a key arms treaty bodes of a new era in Russia’s foreign and domestic politics." From ToL: Tossing the Treaty
The floor of the Moscow Metro with a sweet candy coating. It's irreverent, cogent, and produced by contributers who are Eurasian area specialists. Just because the Kremlin denied it does not make us wrong.
In a follow-up to the BBC report on child smuggling in Bulgaria, the local Five-O apparently has no idea what the journalists are talking about....
"Shortly after the news piece aired last Thursday, a high-ranking Bulgarian police official disputed such allegations. Commissioner Veselin Petrov, the top police official for the city of Varna, said there was no evidence to support the BBC's allegations of a child-trafficking ring."
We guess the BBC must have just fabricated the story. If Commissioner Petrov says its false, then we are forced to believe the local cops. They would never have let this happen under their noses, and they sure as heck-fire aren't going to let the BBC make it look like they aren't doing their jobs... Commissioner Petrov says so.
What do you do as a photographer who’s been kicked out of Russia? Travel to the fringes of the post-Soviet Empire and take vacations to places that, technically, do not exist.
Few photographers have ever been able to truly conceptualize or capture Russia after The Fall. Jonas Bendiksen is unique.
BBC: "Babies are being illegally offered for sale in Bulgaria with the promise of smuggling them abroad, an undercover BBC News team has discovered. A self-confessed human trafficker in the resort city of Varna showed off toddlers with a selling price of 60,000 euros (£40,000) each...For an extra fee, [the smuggler] said he would personally deliver a child to London."
Follow this link to loose your faith in humanity (via BBC).
In June, Russia announced the sucessful test of its new Bulava ICBM. News of the Bulava's previous four failures (exploding after take-off, etc) were quietly swept aside. Only Kommersant's intrepid defense reporter Ivan Safronov, a retired colnel in the Space Rocket Forces, covered the issue. This is, until he decided to 'jump' from his apartment widnow in March.
There are now a flurry of questions as to the sucesss of the latest Bulava test. "The main designer of the Bulava, Yuri Solomonov, has in the past attributed the multiple mishaps of test-launches to the progressive degradation of the Russian defense industry, the inferior quality of Russian-made components and materials, and the 'loss' of key military technology (Jamestown)."
The accident did have a positive spin, as it forced the mass evacuation of local vampires. Romania's minister for displaced persons was unavaliable to comment.