Lenin Kharkiv 2014

Reflections on Russia’s part in the Second World War from Russians who no longer live there: Leonid Bershidsky, Mikhail Shishkin. And some thoughts about the end of the war in the countries between Russia and Germany: Edward Lucas, Ivan Krastev.

The memorialization of World War II in Russia. This is a podcast from Sean’s Russia Blog. These podcasts are worth listening to; a new one appears toward the end of most weeks.

Decommunizing Ukraine. Ukraine has recently passed laws that open the Soviet archives, change street names, and attempt to move away from the Soviet interpretation of Ukrainian history. This is a difficult enterprise, but necessary for a sovereign country. (Registration required) Photo is from this article: People react after a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin was toppled by protesters during a rally organized by pro-Ukraine supporters in the eastern Ukrainian town of Kharkiv, September 28, 2014.

Russia’s decision to sell the S300 antimissile system to Iran has complex ramifications, extending to Israel.

How Russia, through Gazprom, uses gas pricing to influence European countries.

China would like to buy a piece of Areva to learn some of its technological secrets.

A thoughtful analysis of the balance between distributed power and centralized power plants. We will see more of this kind of analysis since Tesla’s announcement of its home battery. I have been told, however, that those batteries are really intended for power plants, to be able to respond quickly to changes in demand. That makes a sort of sense, although each battery is very small relative to those needs. It’s not impossible to visualize large banks of them installed, but my sense of news announcements has been that the PowerWall is intended for home use. I will admit that I am not following this as closely as I am events in Russia, however.

The sabotage conviction of an 85-year-old nun and two fellow peace activists in a break-in at Oak Ridge’s Y-12 plant has been overturned by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

A former US Energy Department employee has been indicted for trying to access sensitive information and sell it to China.

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