|IN THE NEWS
Investigators searched a Moscow theater and the home of prominent director Kirill Serebrennikov, who has protested against the government and voiced concern about the increasing influence of the Russian Orthodox Church.
During a meeting with Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says his country needs modern arms to fight Islamic State militants and that he expects Russian support.
A grandson of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, theater director Aleksandr Burdonsky, has died at age 75.
Former CIA Director John Brennan said he spoke directly to the head of Russia’s main security agency last summer, complaining about the harassment of U.S. diplomats and apparent Russian efforts to meddle in the presidential election campaign.
U.S. President Donald Trump has tapped a longtime legal adviser to serve as his attorney in matters involving investigations into Russia’s ties to his 2016 election campaign.
Lawmakers have approved a bill that would require Ukrainian television and radio stations that broadcast nationwide to have at least 75 percent of their programming in the Ukrainian language.
WHAT I’M READING
The Cultural Elite Reacts
Meduza has a roundup of the reactions of leading Russian cultural figures to the search of the Gogol Center theater and of prominent director Kirill Serebrennikov’s home.
In EUObserver, Andrew Rettman looks at how Russian intelligence services are using martial arts clubs to recruit potential troublemakers in Germany and other EU countries.
Former Ukrainian Defense Minister Yuriy Husyev has a piece in New Eastern Europe examining Ukraine’s new generation .
Putin’s Trip To France
In Republic.ru, political analyst Tatiana Stanovaya previews Putin’s visit to France.
And in Moskovsky Komsomolets, Yelena Yegorova looks at speculation that the real purpose of Putin’s trip is to meet U.S. President Donald Trump.
Belarus And China
In a piece in Belarus Digest, political analyst Dzmitry Mitskevich looks at how Alyaksandr Lukashenka is courting China as a counterbalance to Russia.
The Georgia Satellite
In The Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vasili Rukhadze writes that Russia is increasingly treating Georgia like a potential vassal state .
Why Putin Doesn’t Tweet
Nezavisimaya Gazeta has an interview with Yevgeny Gontmakher of the Institute of World Economics and International Relations on how Russian politics is migrating to the Internet — but Putin still refuses to use Twitter.
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