|IN THE NEWS
Five Crimean Tatar activists have been detained while protesting the jailing of Server Karametov, a 76-year-old man who has Parkinson’s disease, by the Russian-imposed authorities.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has said Syrian government troops backed by Russian forces have recaptured huge swathes of territory from opposition forces in the previous two months.
Russia’s government has nominated Germany’s former chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, to join the board of the Russian state-owned energy giant Rosneft.
Residents of St. Petersburg have paid homage to sailors from the Kursk nuclear submarine, which sank in the Barents Sea exactly 17 years earlier.
Former world chess champion and Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov is briefly coming out of retirement after 12 years.
Snapchat’s parent company says the U.S. messaging app has been registered with Russia’s media regulator without its knowledge.
NEW POWER VERTICAL BRIEFING
On this week’s Power Vertical Briefing , we look at a Russian-Chinese proposal to de-escalate tensions with North Korea.
WHAT I’M READING
Russia’s Hi-Tech Tool Kit
Wired looks at what it calls “Russia’s high-tech toolbox” for subverting Western democracy.
In his column for Bloomberg, political commentator Leonid Bershidsky looks at why some U.S. intelligence officials remain skeptical of the allegations of Russian hacking.
Five Years Of Foreign Agents
In OpenDemocracy, Daria Skibo looks at Russia’s “foreign agent” law five years after its passage.
Eighteen Years Of Putin
Vladimir Putin was unexpectedly named prime minister 18 years ago this week. In Republic.ru, Giorgi Golosov, a professor at the European University of St. Petersburg, looks at the meaning of Putin’s long rule .
A Leftist Walks Free
In his column for Republic.ru, Oleg Kashin looks at what we can expect from leftist opposition figure Sergei Udaltsov following his release from prison.
Ukraine And North Korea’s Missiles
The New York Times has a piece by William Broad and David Sanger linking North Korea’s missile success to possible black market purchases from a Ukrainian plant with long-standing ties to Russia’s defense industry.
Slouching Toward A Systemic Crisis?
Philip Zelikow, a history professor at the University of Virginia and a former executive director of the 9/11 Commission, has a piece in The Atlantic asking: Is The World Slouching Toward A Grave Systemic Crisis? The piece is based on the text of Zelikow’s keynote address at the annual meeting of the Aspen Strategy Group.