|IN THE NEWS
Russia’s top election official says that opposition politician Aleksei Navalny will not be eligible to run for office until about 2028.
A senior Russian diplomat says he expects to hold talks with an Iranian counterpart this week to discuss the situation surrounding the Iran nuclear deal following U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to abandon the multinational accord if it is not amended.
A prominent gay-rights watchdog has alleged that a singer from Chechnya who disappeared in August was detained by the authorities in connection with a campaign targeting gay men in the southern Russian region.
Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the Russian parliament’s upper chamber, has held separate talks with the heads of North Korean and South Korean delegations to an international parliamentary meeting.
Russian protest performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky set fire to an entrance of the Bank of France in Paris, according to photographs and accounts on social media. There was no immediate explanation of any motive for the action.
A Russian court has imposed an 800,000 ruble ($14,000) fine on Telegram for refusing to provide the Federal Security Service with encryption keys to the popular messaging app.
Thousands of protesters gathered amid a heavy police presence in front of Ukraine’s parliament in Kyiv today for a rally organized by firebrand politician Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president and governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region.
Ukraine’s main security agency, meanwhile, claimed it averted potential violence planned during the protest.
WHAT I’M READING
Vedomosti has a piece looking at the infighting in the ruling United Russia party as it prepares for Putin’s reelection.
And in Novaya Gazeta, Leonid Gozman looks at how the Kremlin’s preelection agitprop campaign is already getting started.
In Republic.ru, political analyst Tatiana Stanovaya looks ahead to what Russia can expect after Putin’s presumed reelection in 2018.
Attack Of The Trolls
RBK has an investigative report on the activities of Russian trolls during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Reassessing The Reset
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Derek Chollet, executive vice president of the German Marshall Fund, looks back at the Obama administration’s reset policy with Russia and its aftermath.
What Is An Oligarch?
In a piece for New Eastern Europe, Sean Guillory of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies and host of the SRB Podcast, asks: What Is A Russian Oligarch?
Catalonia And The Kremlin Machine
On the Center for European Policy Analysis website, former State Department official and CEPA adjunct fellow Donald Jensen looks at how the Kremlin-backed media played the crisis in Catalonia.
Moscow’s Evolving Tactics
Also on the CEPA website, veteran Kremlin-watcher Edward Lucas, author of the book The New Cold War, warns that Russia’s tactics against the West are likely to evolve in unexpected ways.
In Foreign Policy, former CIA official John Sipher explains why the United States always loses tit-for-tat spy games with Moscow.
Chechnya’s Gay Victims
Oliver Carroll has a piece in The Independent based on an interview with a victim of Chechnya’s “gay purge.”
Mr. Lukashenka Goes To Brussels
In Belarus Digest, political commentator Artyom Shraibman looks aheadto Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s upcoming visit to Brussels.
Book Review: Serhii Plokhy’s Lost Kingdom
Jennifer Siegel, a professor of history at Ohio State University, reviews Serhii Plokhy’s book Lost Kingdom for The Wall Street Journal. The book explores “the relationship between what became the Russian state, based in either Moscow or St. Petersburg, and the western lands wherein Russia’s origin myth dwells” — in other words, Ukraine.
Putin’s Peacekeeper Trap
James Sherr of Chatham House takes a critical look at Putin’s proposal to send international peacekeepers to Ukraine.
Ukraine Calling Podcast
On Hromadske Radio’s Ukraine Calling podcast , hosts Marta Dyczok and Oksana Smerechuk speak to Oleksiy Haran, a professor at Kyiv Mohyla University, about Ukraine’s changing strategy in the Donbas.
The Pew Research Center has released a report on global attitudes toward democracy.
Upcoming Event At The Kennan Institute
The Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute will host a discussion about William Taubman’s book Gorbachev: His Life And Times. The event takes place at the Wilson Center’s Washington, D.C., office at 4 p.m. EDT on October 23. Details are available here .