Notes

 

ECONOMY

 

Russia is still spending like mad to prop up the ruble, but it seems to be an exercise in futility:

Russian innovation is an oxymoron in Putin’s Russia, isn’t it?

Truth:

Fortress Russia is strong:

 

INSIDE RUSSIA

 

Details on the Navalny interview (including how it happened):

Actual quote:

Response from Garry Kasparov:

Sergei Ivanov is always good for a laugh, anyway:

By all means, let’s be accurate:

Blast from the past:

More on the new media law:

But was it really about the tabloids as previously claimed?

And Kadyrov cracks under pressure:

 

UKRAINE

 

Story of the day:

The Wall is still being built:

 

CRIMEA

 

This is really really bad:

But was probably a response to complaints about the situation in Crimea at Putin’s Human Rights Council meeting earlier this week:

https://twitter.com /sprogs/status/522786380729298944

Longer read:

 

 

COLD WAR 2

 

Is Putin playing a losing game?

Putin visited Serbia:

And got a poor welcome from the weather:

But a more positive response from the Serbian government:

He got no love from Merkel, though:

Or not:

Quote:

More on the weird Putin interview about Nazism:

Russia increases military spending:

This is a Voronezh-DM class radar:

Another sad (probably true) prediction:

GEORGIA

 

Transparency International is talking about an appeals process, and possibly taking the Georgian government to court over the country’s new restrictive & xenophobic visa laws:

Tbilisi photos:

 

ODDS & ENDS

 

Caption Contest:

Monks and cheese:

Practice your English verb tenses with this handy chart:

 

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