Notes

 

ECONOMY

 

Energy prices continue sliding:

Duma passes first reading of new budget, despite Finance Minister Siluanov’s warnings:

The drama with Sistema and Bashneft continued in court:

Highest prediction seen so far:

And the oligarchs start to feel sanctions’ sting:

Now it’s the air traffic controllers’ fault:

 

INSIDE RUSSIA

 

Another oppositionist gets searched:

MPs told they have to return their diplomatic passports:

But employees at government corporations can go where they want?

Putinism & where it ends (2-5 years):

 

NORTH CAUCASUS

 

Unsurprisingly, reforming Daghestan is not an easy task:

 

COLD WAR 2

 

Lithuania opens its new LNG terminal:

This sounds like it is probably somewhat awkward:

Poland readjusts:

“Reset”?

And Prague is still a den of spies:

More hacking scandals:

And

 

UKRAINE

 

Turnout in Ukraine’s elections were at a little more than half, which is lower than previous elections, but not bad for a democracy:

Even as the shelling starts up again:

Though we should not be surprised by that fact:

Russia seems unsure how to respond at a diplomatic level at this point:

But not militarily, as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues:

 

CRIMEA

 

Finally a statement:

And a report:

But:

And:

 

GEORGIA

 

More on the tense situation in Javakheti:

Georgia’s Prime Minister is living in a fantasy world of his own:

What happens when you hold a Security Council meeting but nobody shows?

Text for this is in Georgian, but the photos are worth looking at:

 

ODDS & ENDS

 

Long but excellent read on Western & Russian attitudes to post-Soviet states:

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