This blog was born on April 2, 2006. Since then, we’ve received nearly 70,000 visits (and Google hits) and nearly 150,000 page views. We’ve seen our traffic grow, as the graph below shows, from 0 visits per month to 15,000 visits per month, and we’ve become the most visited and linked-to independent Russia politics blog in the English language.
We’ve published over 1,500 posts including original essays and translations from dozens of contributors, and we’ve received nearly 3,000 comments. If you tallied up all the comments we’ve generated on other blogs as well, you’d see that we’ve provoked far more debate on Russia than any other commentator in the blogosphere. We’ve become one of the world’s leading voices of opposition to the rise of a neo-Soviet dictatorship in Russia — and we’ve only just begun to fight!
We humbly thank our contributors and readers for supporting this blog and congratulate them on their achievement. We promise to redouble our efforts in our second year to make it even bigger and brasher than our first. What we really hope, though, is that the Russian people will put us out of business by establishing a civilized government that will make our criticism unnecessary.