|IN THE NEWS
U.S. authorities have taken control of three Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States after Russian staff complied with a 48-hour deadline to vacate the sites.
Russia is urging the United States to return Russian diplomatic facilities it says U.S. authorities have “seized” in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., calling it an “openly hostile act.”
A former Soviet military officer and Washington lobbyist who attended a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump’s son during the 2016 campaign has denied working for Russian military intelligence but said he saw documents with damaging information about rival Hillary Clinton at the meeting.
Leaders from the so-called BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa — are meeting in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen on September 3-5.
A new development bank established by Russia, China, India, and Brazil is providing three of those countries with $1.4 billion in loans.
The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the United Nations General Assembly later this month.
The brother of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is facing deportation from Ukraine on allegations that he was in the country illegally, a move that comes amid a fierce standoff between the ex-head of state and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
Georgian troops have joined counterparts from the United States and other countries for the start of the Agile Spirit 2017 military drills — the seventh time the maneuvers have been held.
LATEST POWER VERTICAL PODCAST
In case you missed it, the latest Power Vertical Podcast, Active Measures, looks at Russia’s political war in Europe and at new revelations about Moscow’s cyberattacks on the United States.
NEW POWER VERTICAL BRIEFING
And, on this week’s Power Vertical Briefing , we look at reports that Russian lawmakers are drafting a new law on “undesirable behavior.”
WHAT I’M READING
New ECFR Report: Controlling Chaos
Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations in Prague has a new report for the European Council on Foreign Relations (discussed on the latest Power Vertical Podcast): Controlling Chaos: How Russia Manages Its Political War In Europe .
New RUSI Report On Russian Armed Forces Coming Soon
The Royal United Services Institute, or RUSI, will release a new report on September 12 written by Igor Sutyagin and Justin Bronk: Russia’s New Ground Forces: Capabilities, Limitations And Implications For International Security.
The War On ‘Undesirables’
According to a report in the Kremlin mouthpiece Izvestia , the Federation Council is drafting legislation prohibiting “undesirable behavior.” The legislation would provide for the deportation of foreigners and the prosecution of Russians who act in a manner that harms national security.
Book Review: Red Famine
The Evening Standard reviews Anne Applebaum’s book Red Famine.
Responding To Russian Hacking
Former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has an op-ed in the Financial Times calling for a tough response to Russian hacking and attempts to interfere in Germany’s election.
Political Attitudes In Belarus
Deutsche Welle’s Russian Service has a piece on the political attitudes and loyalties of Russian speakers in Belarus.
The Military Balance In Europe
Wesley Morgan, Politico’s military affairs correspondent, argues that the U.S. Army is “unprepared to deal with Russia in Europe.”