Tuesday Reading List

A person holds a photo of murdered Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. Source.
A person holds a photo of murdered Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. Source.

I forgot to post these on Friday, so here you go. A reading list from last week (and the weekend).

The US is cracking down on Russian oligarchs as part of its sanctions against Russia for the recent events in Crimea. I hate to tell you, but there are always ways around sanctions. Always.

Language learners, here’s a good post about finding comprehensible input for your language learning studies.

The Washington Post thinks Vladimir Putin is an “ethnic Russian nationalist.” Do you agree? (I cannot be certain whether I agree or disagree because I’m not even sure what that means.)

Keith Gessen paints a rosy picture of Russia in the 1990s. Perhaps it is a bit too rosy, but the writing is beautiful and makes me long to see 1990s Moscow. I was too young to have been an expat there and that’s a shame. This article is also worth reading because it mentions Paul Klebnikov, one of my favorite people ever.

And the post of the week: an article called “Moscow’s Long, Corrupt Money Trail” over at The Daily Beast. A short excerpt:

Despite this, Magnitsky kept giving evidence, bravery that landed him first in Matrosskaya Tishina, then in Butyrka prison. But he ran out of time. He suffered from gallstones and acute pancreatitis (which went untreated despite numerous documented complaints) and was subjected to subhuman incarceration conditions (pane-less windows in the dead of winter, overflowing sewage from broken toilets, etc.). Only when his health declined so severely, on November 16, 2009, was he transferred back to Matrosskaya Tishina in an ambulance, then thrown into an isolation cell, handcuffed to a radiator and beaten with truncheons until he was dead. The official cause of death was given as “heart failure,” a finding which a host of governmental and non-governmental watchdogs, in Russia and abroad, have debunked.