Urals Crude fell below $90 a barrel
Argentina denies any secret deal with Gazprom:
Last month’s photo of Gazprom’s Alexei Miller popped up again:
And Germany confirms its deal will go through:
Never fear, Russia’s government has a list!
The Sistema affair continues on:
But has it turned into another round of the clan wars?
Russia will continue fighting Yukos:
No one is quite sure how high capital flight is now, but the government is clearly worried:
Joke about the Rotenberg bill:
Another poll of Russian attitudes:
Here is how Putin says he spent his birthday:
Still no photos, though it looks like he did manage to fit in a Botox appointment out in the wilderness:
Another Putin poll:
And more on the Putin cult:
Opposition activist, Boris Nemtsov, also had a birthday, and did post photos:
Mikhail Khodorkovsky offers to help Navalny:
And Navalny accepts:
Is Khodorkovsky Russia’s final hope?
And another exiled oligarch comes out to criticise Putin’s system:
But isn’t Putinism just another iteration of Muscovy?
Sochi is hosting Forumla 1:
Even as Russia more severely punishes the activist who campaigned against the poor planning and development of the remodel:
Daghestan continues to be the epicentre of the violence in the North Caucasus:
Gorbachev seems upbeat:
After weeks of delay:
But the law is weaker than first advertised:
Putin advisor, Sergei Glazyev, is still out there on the front lines:
Did the Lavrov-Kerry meeting in Paris get pushed back a week?
Pull this out for press conferences after that meeting:
The Mistral drama continues:
Russia is increasing utilizing online cyber attacks:
And in eastern Ukraine:
More convicted murderers released in Georgia:
More on the visa drama:
And an article I would not recommend reading due to its shoddy reporting, but the message in it from Moscow to Tbilisi is worrying:
ODDS & ENDS
This made the rounds today:
Today’s photos also have music to go along with them:
And another set of Russian ballet dancers in Siberia: