Russia’s Finance Minister, Anton Siluanov, is still trying to put a brave face on Russia’s economic situation:



Comments on Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly:

And a discussion on excerpts from the speech:

Lavrov is advocating what he calls a “Reset 2.0” between the US and Russia.

This is subject to interpretation, of course, but it appears that what he means is something similar to the agreements reached in 1932 when the US officially recognised the Soviet Union.



These ads are popping up in Moscow:



And in Luhansk:

Lenin has been toppled in Kharkiv:

NATO is sending another round of troops to Poland this week:


Inside Russia

Nina Khrusheva attended a rally in support of ‘Novorossiya’:

Extremism comes in all shapes and sizes:

Happy holiday!

It was also Engineers’ Day:

A long investigative piece from the New York Times on the men often called “Putin’s bankers”.

More on the recent Putin polls:

A somewhat hilarious public dispute between socialite Ksenia Sobchak (Putin’s rumoured goddaughter) and Oscar-winning director Mikhailov:


Odds & Ends

Soviet tourism photos:



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