Day: October 13, 2009

Clinton supports Russian rights activists

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, at a meeting with Russian rights activists in Moscow today: 

“Those of you here today understand the risks. You have seen friends and colleagues harassed, intimidated and even killed. And yet you go on working and writing, refusing to be silenced.”

Yulia Latynina, on the non-invitation of opposition politicians to the meeting with Clinton:

“I don’t think it would have been a good idea because the political opposition in Russia is really marginal, not because they’re stupid people and not because they have no audience, but because in a society which is not democratic, there is basically no opposition.”

Finland as a question, Russia as reply

Next March the Finnish publisher WSOY will release an unfinished work by the poet, author and publisher Paavo Haavikko, who died last year at the age of 77. The book bears the slightly odd title Suomi kysymyksessä, vastauksena Venäjä (literally “Finland in question, Russia in reply”), and is an attempt to trace and analyse the historical relations between Finland and Russia throughout the centuries, concentrating on the genetic myths and memories, and the hatred and hostility that developed in the conversation between the two countries, influenced by official propaganda on both sides.

(cross-posted from Nordic Voices)