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Russian update

Taking a month off formal learning to catch up on other things. Everyone thinks Siberia looks beautiful but they all say they don’t know what they expected but it wasn’t that i.e. they expect snow, ice, forest and bears. Have been talking with a…

Eco volunteering with Great Baikal trail part 1

I can’t remember which site I first foumd out about the project – did a search on eco-volunteering and Russia. Due to work I couldn’t make a summer project and nearly joined a moose project but then saw this amazing Olkhon Island one so…

Salisbury illusion

Craig Murray whose analysis is incredibly helpful called out the ongoing racism towards Russia and Russians in the light of new media attention. I have yet to see any evidence presented of a nerve agent poisoning. Why so many Oxbridge graduates fail to describe…

Aeroflot 4/4 flights were great

Impressed with Aeroflot all round. We had unexpected sleet this morning at Irkutsk (so got to see first Siberian snowflakes) and the de-icing took a little longer than expected. Great flights again, really comfortable and looked after well. We got lucky with transfers because…

Great Baikal trail hostel kitchen

Everyone friendly as always

Sanctions on Syria: the criminal, silent, killer

Originally posted on In Gaza:
In 2016, I visited the centre depicted in the linked RT news report on the effect of western sanctions on children with cancer. At the time, the director told me they were trying to help 240 children, were underfunded…

Moscow and DICATS

Lovely morning in Zaryadye Park. Met an art therapist academic in Alexander Gardens and we may have possible Russian hive site or several presentations. There are lots of options for introducing more of Russian expressive arts therapies to a wider audience. She has organised…

Moscow magic

First time flying with Aeroflot. Flight very comfortable, stewardesses lovely. Moscow warm and sunny, unfortunately a long transfer hitch (from UK based company) but friendly eventual replacement then rush hour in sunset. Moscow looked a bit Istanbul from outskirts, lots of apartment building going…

Exploring North Asia

I met my landlord’s mum who has just come back from a trip to Russia and Mongolia. She loved both countries and said everyone was really warm and friendly. She enjoyed spending a night in a yurt. There were a couple of yurts at…

Russian language travel tip #2

Following on from not mixing up Пышка (sort of donut) and пушка (gun) which is a Simpsons episode waiting to happen, another two words that are probably best not to mix up Трудный (difficult) Трусы (knickers)

Three Things You Should Know about Medical Device Regulations in Russia and the Eurasian Union, August 2018

Originally posted on Medical Device Regulations in Russia and Eurasian Union:
Dear Colleagues, Here is my monthly newsletter with the most important regulatory updates on medical devices in Russia and the Eurasian Union for August 2018. 1. Potential Changes in the Eurasian Medical Device…

A deer in Richmond park