Notes

 

ECONOMY

 

And unsurprisingly:

The Russians seem to believe they can ‘influence’ countries like Slovakia, Cyprus, and Bulgaria into dropping the sanctions:

He’s right:

And nobody wants Russian bonds:

Another Russian company takes the EU to court:

 

INSIDE RUSSIA

 

But this was already a problem during the holidays last year:

A corruption scandal hits the Russian government (though they probably don’t care):

Government backed march of 20K approved for 4 November after nationalist “Russky March” was sent out to Moscow’s suburbs

This is low when compared to Putin’s approval rating:

He looks half-dead here:

Crackdown:

Really, the World Cup in Russia is going to be great:

And Blatter defends it:

Revealed!

 

NORTH CAUCASUS

 

It is sad that this is news:

Bane of my existence, truly:

 

UKRAINE

 

Disgusting:

The Battle for Donetsk:

Just in time for the elections?

Happy Holiday, Ukraine:

https://twitter.com/PoroshenkoEng/status/527166721179009025

 

COLD WAR 2

 

Another sub spotting:

The harassment of US Embassy employees in Moscow story got a snide response:

 

CRIMEA

 

NPR has started a radio series on Crimea:

Dead in the water? Or will Kadyrov try again?

 

GEORGIA

 

More odd goings-on in Pankisi reminded me that I don’t like trends:

Member of Abkhazia government-in-exile killed after water heater exploded in the middle of the night at his office:

This probably should not be as surprising as it was:

Alasania is not coming back:

 

ODDS & ENDS

 

For the Poles:

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