The Return of a Russia Watcher

Kremlin in Moscow
The Kremlin, center of Russian politics since Soviet times

I used to be a hardcore Russia watcher. I started a blog in high school and after starting university, it slowly morphed into a Russia-watching blog, where I wrote about news concerning Russia and expressed my many opinions relating to the country and its neighbors. Writing that blog was fun, but then something happened. I was far away from home, on a year-long study abroad, when I realized I didn’t want to write that blog anymore. I wanted a fresh start, so I started a new blog (and lost the vast majority of my readers – I still feel a bit bad about my sudden abandonment of the old blog, but I wanted to make a clean break).

That new blog I started is the one you’re reading right now. I love this blog, but after the demise of my prior blog, I made a vow (an unofficial one, mind you – it was in my own head and this is the first time I’ve spoken about it publicly) to not Russia watch anymore. By and large, I kept that vow simply because I was too busy to do many things outside of school. I completed my study abroad program and finished my degree, which entailed writing a lengthy thesis on Stalin. Even if I’d had the inclination to become a Russia watcher again, I really did not have time.

Then, I graduated, had a brief crisis (concerning my future), and solved that crisis when I applied to (and was accepted) a fabulous academic program for next year. And gradually, I began to realize that I missed Russia watching. I missed following the Russia-related news (I haven’t followed the news in general all that much since November). More to the point, I missed talking about it, blogging about it, and analyzing it.

medvedev and putin
Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin, the two men who initially influenced me to become interested in modern Russia

It is with great happiness that I announce my return to the Russia-watching blogosphere. I am planning to separate the awesome Russia stuff from this blog (much like my friend Anatoly Karlin does: he writes on Russia here and basically everything else here). I’m thinking of using a subdomain (as in but I may end up purchasing another domain, who knows.

In all honesty, it’s not that much of a surprise that I’m returning to Russia watching. I really became interested in Russian politics in May 2008, when Dmitry Medvedev was elected president. Ever since then, I’ve been fascinated with Russia. It’s only natural that I should start blogging about it again.

Both images from here.