|IN THE NEWS
Facebook says that an estimated 10 million people saw advertisementsthat have been linked to Russia on its social-media platform before and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
A transport plane has delivered two Russian MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia, the initial shipment of a six-jet deal that could add to East-West tensions in the Balkans.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has again complained about U.S. law enforcement taking over the Russian Consulate in San Francisco, threatening unspecified retaliation against U.S. diplomats.
A U.S.-based research group on North Korea says a Russian state-owned Internet company has started providing Pyongyang an alternate connection to the global Internet. (The report, by 38 North, an organization housed at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, can be read here .)
The presidents of Russia and Turkmenistan have signed a “strategic partnership” agreement in a show of cooperation between two former Soviet republics whose ties are sometimes clouded by disputes.
Lawyers say the authorities in Russia-controlled Crimea have detainedfour Crimean Tatars on suspicion of extremism in what activists and the Ukrainian government said was part of a discriminatory campaign targeting members of the Muslim group.
WHAT I’M READING
Putin’s Foreign Policy
In his column for Republic.ru, foreign affairs analyst Vladimir Frolov explains what Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy will look like after a presidential election in March.
Election Season Looms
In his monthly column for Raam op Rusland, Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations in Prague looks at the Kremlin’s dilemma in framing next year’s presidential election.
Russia And The U.S. Midterms
In a commentary for The Hill, former Deputy Secretary of Defense MIchael Carpenter says we should expect Russia to try to interfere in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections.
Chechen Asylum Seekers
In a piece for Intersection magazine, Olga Gulina, director of the Institute on Migration Policy, looks at what happens when Chechens fleeing persecution in Russia seek asylum in Europe.
On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last month, Politico convened a working group of top security leaders on both sides of the Atlantic to discuss how to contain the threat from the Putin regime. Maura Reynolds wrote up the conclusions .
Merkel’s Visegrad Challenge
In a piece for The Atlantic Council, Peter Kreko, director of the Budapest-based Political Capital Institute, looks at the challenge German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces in confronting Russia’s expanded influence in the Visegrad countries.
Excerpt From Masha Gessen’s The Future Is History
BuzzFeed has published an excerpt from Masha Gessen’s new book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia.
The Peacekeeper Trap
In a piece for Euromaidan Press, Ukrainian journalist Vitaly Portnikov claims that Putin’s offer to allow international peacekeepers in the Russian-controlled areas of the Donbas is a trap.