IN THE NEWS
Vladimir Putin in an interview excerpt released on June 8 said his longtime critic U.S. Senator John McCain is living in the “Old World,” but he admires the former Republican presidential candidate’s patriotism.
A court in Montenegro has confirmed the indictment of 14 people, including two Russians and two pro-Russia opposition leaders, over their alleged roles in what authorities say was a plot to overthrow the government last year.
The Ukrainian parliament has defined cooperation with NATO, with the ultimate goal of joining the Western military alliance, as a top priority for the country in the face of Russian “aggression.”
Russian officials say that Yulia Khrushcheva, a granddaughter of the late Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, has died after being hit by a train on the outskirts of Moscow.
A court in St. Petersburg on June 8 ordered the spiritual leader of the city’s branch of the Church of Scientology held in detention for two months.
Law-enforcement authorities have carried out an unannounced searchat the Moscow office of Rus Sidyashchaya, a Russian human rights organization that advocates for inmates.
A spokeswoman for U.S. President Donald Trump says sanctions against Russia for its interference in Ukraine would remain in place until the crisis is resolved.
A decision to rename the Russian Premier League soccer club Terek Grozny after the late father of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov is not sitting well with some of its fans.
WHAT I’M READING
What The Comey Affair Could Teach Russia
In his column for Republic.ru, foreign affairs analyst Vladimir Frolov argues that the scandal surrounding U.S. President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey provides useful lessons for the Kremlin in its relations with the security services.
The Antiestablishment Wave
The Moscow-based Minchenko Consulting has released a report arguing that the antiestablishment wave that has been sweeping the West could also hit Russia and become evident in regional elections this fall.
The Kremlin And The Youth Vote
Vedomosti’s Elena Mukhametshina and Olga Churakova have a piece looking at Putin’s reelection strategy , part of which will be aimed at “conformist” first-time voters.
The Politics Of History
In Intersection magazine, Aleksandr Fokin, a professor at Chelyabinsk State University, looks at the ideological undertones of Russia’s new compulsory history exam for high school graduates.
Time Magazine has a photo essay on the generation born under Vladimir Putin.
Long Live The Bureaucrats
Republic.ru has a graphically illustrated piece looking at the number of state employees in Russia historically.
Gaming The Blacklist
Meduza has a piece examining how activists have exploited vulnerabilities in Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor’s system of blacklisting and blocking websites.
This week’s SRB Podcast , hosted by Sean Guillory of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies, looks at early Soviet rule in Tajikistan. Sean’s guest is Botakoz Kassymbekova, a research associate at Humboldt University in Berlin and author of the book Despite Cultures: Early Soviet Rule In Tajikistan.