Notes

 

ECONOMY

 

And it began:

True, but…

A new prohibition campaign?

A defense:

A competing Russian agency, a competing theory:

And an excellent op-ed:

More food bans:

And McDonald’s continues to feel the pain:

As do Russian steel producers:

But Russia and Belarus are closer than ever (or something):

 

INSIDE RUSSIA

 

Russians feel more secure than they’ve ever felt in past 12 years:

The weaknesses of Putinism:

What [https://twitter.com/ninaivanovna/status/524561390582132736] does it mean when a Government Minister has to write a column in a respected newspaper?

More troubles for Ekho Moskvy:

And another asylum-seeker connected to the Magnitsky case:

 

NORTH CAUCASUS

Too many holes:

And Kadyrov went on another crying jag:

Photos from Kadyrov’s Chechnya:

 

COLD WAR 2

 

Praying for a warm winter in Europe:

But the Baltics should be fine:

Notoriety:

More Cold War maneuvers:

Could Sweden be a NATO-member by the end of the year?

 

UKRAINE

 

Ukraine is holding elections this weekend:

And:

As expected, Russia and Ukraine did not reach an agreement on a gas contract:

 

CRIMEA

Bad news for Hizb-ut-Tahrir in Crimea (they are outlawed there now):

 

GEORGIA

 

Shameless self-plug:

And is Javakheti heading for a crash?

And this happened:

Domestic violence continues to be highlighted:

But:

There’s always money for license plates:

 

ODDS & ENDS

 

Dill at our house:

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