Notes

ECONOMY

Russia’s Finance Ministry were in Washington DC this weekend, trying to put a brave face on their country’s situation:

But some are less hopeful:

I would have loved to be fly on the wall:

Is the US pressuring Saudi Arabia on output?

And don’t forget:

More spin from the Russians on their energy supplies and capabilities:

But:

And sanctions continue to sting:

Amidst more hints that the West will back down on sanctions:

Companies are still finding loopholes on the sanctions:

Navalny is still hard at work:

 

INSIDE RUSSIA

 

This happened:

More on the Kremlin’s attack on the NGO Memorial:

Is this why they’re being vilified?

And the Kremlin’s attack on Novaya Gazeta stems from this article by Yulia Latynina:

Are Muscovites bipolar?

Another Putin birthday gift:

These rumors keep making the rounds:

But are they just psychological threats?

 

COLD WAR 2

 

Finland gets the special treatment from Russia:

And in Romania:

Is France looking for a way out of the Mistral deal?

The may have it:

 

UKRAINE

 

How many Russians have been killed fighting in Ukraine?

Or:

The West just does not care about Ukraine:

Retreat or…

Does it have something to do with this?

 

CRIMEA

 

Sevastopol is getting a new university, but…

And:

More bad news for residents of Crimea:

 

GEORGIA

 

Tbilisi continues to stumble through its legislation process:

 

ODDS & ENDS

 

What is a Sunday without Shostakovich?

 

 

And some Russian graffiti:

 

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