The producers of Ambassadors on BBC Two were given access to diplomats
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Sunday 17 April 2011
Friday 15 April 2011
Any reader seriously interested in Russian literature should approach this book with caution. Clearly, Elif Batuman is a Russophile. But in these "adventures with Russian books and the people who read them", as she casts her eye over her favourite authors, the project seems largely driven by a search to find new, improbable "angles". In the pursuit of Tolstoy's murderer or the relationship between imagery used by Isaac Babel and the movie King Kong, Batuman sheds little light on the authors or their books, while wringing maximum comedy from the pursuit.
Sunday 10 April 2011
Monday 04 April 2011
The result of yesterday's election in Kazakhstan was such a foregone conclusion that even one of the opposition candidates said he had voted for the incumbent. Official results today are expected to show a landslide majority for Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has run the country since the break-up of the Soviet Union and is accused by critics of being a dictator with a poor human rights record.
Wednesday 23 March 2011
Alisher Usmanov has increased his stake in Arsenal to "over 27 per cent". Red & White Holdings Limited, which is jointly owned by the Uzbek billionaire, made the announcement yesterday although they did not give any more details. The largest individual shareholder remains Stan Kroenke, who owns 29.9 per cent. Should anyone cross the 29.99 per cent threshold, they would be obliged to make an offer for the remaining shares.
Wednesday 16 March 2011
Human Rights Watch has been forced to close its office in Uzbekistan after years of harassment by the authorities.
Tuesday 15 March 2011
A suicide bomber posing as an army volunteer struck at an Afghan military recruitment centre in the northern province of Kunduz yesterday, killing at least 35 people.
Saturday 05 February 2011
Wednesday 26 January 2011
Australia will play three-times champions Japan in the Asian Cup final after they thrashed Uzbekistan 6-0 at the Khalifa Stadium yesterday. Japan earlier beat South Korea 3-0 in a penalty shootout after the two sides played out a high quality 2-2 draw at the Al Gharafa Stadium.
Wednesday 26 January 2011
In 1921 the Russian Constructivist painter Alexander Rodchenko produced a suite of paintings in single, tonally neutral colours that were exhibited in a Moscow gallery. That revolutionary gesture, as he explained later, was tantamount to a declaration that painting was dead. The future lay with the newer arts of graphic design, cinema and photography. Painting reeked of nothing but stale antiquity.
Tuesday 25 January 2011
The European Commission president, Jose Manuel Barroso, pressed the Uzbek leader, Islam Karimov, to free political prisoners during a meeting in Brussels on Monday that had drawn wide condemnation from rights groups. Mr Barroso met Mr Karimov to discuss energy and military co-operation, as well as human rights, but activists criticised the meeting as a signal that the European Union was reducing pressure for an end to violations in Uzbekistan.
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