|IN THE NEWS
Russian and U.S. defense chiefs will join Association of Southeast Asian Nations counterparts today to discuss threats related to terrorism and North Korea’s weapons program at meetings in the Philippines.
Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny addressed supporters in the southern city of Astrakhan hours after his release from a Moscow detention center following a 20-day term served for organizing unsanctioned protests against President Vladimir Putin.
NATO would not be able to rebuff a potential Russian attack on its eastern flank, according to an internal report cited on October 20 by German weekly Der Spiegel.
Russia has formally handed over six MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia, as part of ceremonies marking the World War II liberation of Belgrade.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has vowed to push for legislation creating an anticorruption court by the end of the year, in an apparent response to demands from Western allies as well as protesters camped outside parliament in Kyiv.
Several hundred people took part in a protest rally in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, on October 21 to condemn hazing in the armed forces.
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And the latest Power Vertical blog post looks at the significance of the political relationship between Aleksei Navalny and Ksenia Sobchak.
WHAT I’M READING
Opposition leader Aleksei Navalny has put out his first video message to supporters since being released from a 20-day jail sentence for organizing unauthorized protests. (And no, he doesn’t talk about Ksenia Sobchak’s presidential campaign.)
The Sobchak Campaign
According to a report in RBK , economist Vladislav Inozemtsev, head of the Moscow-based Center for Post-Industrial Studies, will write Sobchak’s economic platform.
Youth And Soviet Symbolism
In his column for Republic.ru, opposition journalist Oleg Sashin looks at the selective “mining of Soviet symbols” at the recent youth festival in Sochi.
The Gender Gap
According to a recent poll by the Levada Center , 53 percent of Russians say they do not want a woman to be president. And according to a new poll by the Kremlin-controlled VTsIOM, 60 percent have a negative opinion of Ksenia Sobchak.
The Moscow That Was
The Moscow Times has a piece looking back at the hallmarks of life from the Russian capital in the wild ’90s
Why Putin Wants To Control Ukraine
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Anne Applebaum explains whyPutin wants to control Ukraine.
How The Kremlin Has Exploited U.S. Racial Tensions
In The Atlantic, Julia Ioffe looks at Soviet and Russian efforts to exploit and exacerbate racial tensions in the United States.
Kommersant has a piece on how the Russian Orthodox Church is attempting to get courses on family values into the school curriculum.
Russia In The Balkans
In Vedomosti, military historian Konstantin Gaivoronsky looks at the problems that have historically plagued Russian foreign policy in the Balkans.
Open Russia Report: Rebuilding Security In Europe
MIkhail Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia Foundation has released a report : Rebuilding Security In Europe. The report is based on a roundtable of experts held in Prague on June 8-9, 2017.