Notes

A Russian tabloid accused the BBC of setting up Thursday’s attack:

In Russia’s North Caucasus:

Russia had its annual Sochi International Investment Forum.

At the forum, much of the discussion focused on how Russia was planning to face Western sanctions.

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Arkady Dvorkovich, talked about the Russian budget:

Finance Minister Siluanov also talked about the budget and taxes:

Sberbank, which has been sanctioned, also hosted its annual breakfast at the forum. In an interview a few days previously, Sberbank’s chief, German Gref, opined:

Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Kozak insisted that sanctions would not impact scheduled sporting events:

And on the sanctions front, Canada quietly removed 2 banks from its list, amid complaints that its sanctions don’t go far enough.

Meanwhile, Western business are starting to flee in the fact of sanctions:

And despite Russian claims to the contrary, Exxon-Mobil is suspending operations in the Arctic:

Former Yukos chief, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, has announced an initiative he calls “Open Russia”.

Garry Kasparov on how the Putin system is failing:

Fomer MP, Gennady Gudkov, thinks this is the end:

The Aurora in St Petersburg was transferred to a different location in an impressive ceremony.

The parody account, @KermlinRussia, joked:

Interesting read on Putin’s tactics against the West:

Old article, but good insight into Putin’s time as a KGB officer in Dresden:

The protest against the war in Ukraine had an estimated turnout of 26,000 people.

More photos of the protest can be found here:

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