RUSSIALINK: “Russian constitutional amendments to clarify Security Council’s role” – Interfax

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MOSCOW. Feb 18 (Interfax) – Russian constitutional amendments proposed for the second reading would put the Security Council in charge of preventing domestic and foreign treats, head of the Russian State Duma Committee for State Building and Legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov said. “It has been proposed that Article 83 clarify the powers of the Security Council led by the president [of […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia to consider making ex-presidents immune from prosecution: RIA” – Reuters

File Photo of Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin with Heads Bowed Over Microphone

“Russian presidents could be made immune from criminal prosecution once they leave office under proposed constitutional reforms …. The proposal, made by a parliamentary working group, comes after … Putin … announced sweeping reforms to the political system that would shift some powers away from the presidency. Putin’s initiatives, … followed by a government shake-up, are widely seen as a […]

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Ahead Of 2021 Vote, Critics Say Kremlin Is Curating A New Crop Of Spoiler Parties

Screenshot of Video at https://twitter.com/CurrentTimeTv/status/1171888101989539842 showing man punching another man in the stomach at Russian polling place while second man was looking down at mobile device

(Article text ©2020 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – Matthew Luxmoore – MOSCOW, February 17, 2020 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/ahead-of-2021-vote-critics-say-kremlin-is-curating-a-new-crop-of-spoiler-parties/30438895.html) On February 1, best-selling author Zakhar Prilepin sat on a stage strapped to a lie detector, its readings projected onto a large screen above his head. The stunt headlined the launch of Prilepin’s new […]

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Despite Putin’s Promises, Many Large Russian Families Feel Abandoned By The State

Map of Russia and Russian Flag adapted from images at state.gov

(Article text ©2020 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – Irina Fokina, Robert Coalson – SEVERODVINSK, Russia, February 9, 2020 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/despite-putin-s-promises-many-large-russian-families-feel-abandoned-by-the-state/30424839.html) Natalia Golubtsova and her husband, Sergei Kirillov, are raising their six children in a cramped, two-room apartment in a Brezhnev-era building in this city in Russia’s Far North. When their third […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Russia divided over goals of constitutional reform – Levada Center” – Interfax

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MOSCOW. Jan 31 (Interfax) – The number of Russians who view the pending constitutional amendments as Vladimir Putin’s way of securing his stay in power is practically equal to the number of those who see them as an attempt to improve public governance, the Levada Analytical Center said in a statement seen by Interfax. Forty-seven percent of the respondents polled […]

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Why So Few Protests Against Putin’s Constitutional Shake-Up?

Aerial View of Kremlin and Environs

(Article text ©2020 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – Matthew Luxmoore – Moscow, Jan. 28, 2020 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/why-so-few-protests-against-putin-s-constitutional-shake-up-/30402490.html) When Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a raft of constitutional changes in his state-of-the-nation speech on January 15, immediately fueling mounting suspicion that he was seeking a way to retain power after his current […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “What do Putin’s constitutional changes mean for Russian nuclear launch authority?” – Federation of American Scientists/ Matt Korda

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“… This shift in power [under the new system proposed by Putin] …  poses a series of complications for Russia’s system of nuclear launch authority. Under Article 87.1 of the Russian Constitution, the President is the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces … the Law On Defence states that the Supreme Commander-in-Chief is the ultimate authority on all nuclear-related matter. […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Surkov still presidential aide de jure – Peskov” – Interfax

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MOSCOW. Jan 28 (Interfax) – Vladislav Surkov is still de jure a presidential aide, and the adjustment of nuances concerning the distribution of duties between top officials in the presidential office, including those in charge of the relationship with Ukraine, is continuing, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. “Surkov is still de jure an aide to the Russian president,” Peskov […]

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Putin Calls For Review Of Case Of Opposition Activist Kotov

File Photos of Law Books and Gavel, adapted from image at fjc.gov

(Article text ©2020 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – Jan. 25, 2020 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/putin-calls-for-review-of-case-of-opposition-activist-kotov/30396635.html) Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Prosecutor-General’s Office to review the legality of the sentencing of an opposition activist imprisoned for repeatedly taking part in unauthorized rallies, the Kremlin said. Konstantin Kotov was sentenced to four years […]

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How Mikhail Mishustin Rose to the Top: Old Ties, Savvy and a Knack for Systems

Kremlin and Saint Basil's File Photo

Vladimir Putin shocked the world when he named a little-known tax chief his number two. We delve into the new Russian prime minister’s background (Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Evan Gershkovich, Pjotr Sauer, Jake Cordell – January 27, 2020) Mikhail Mishustin was struggling. Drenched in sweat and tripping over himself, he wasn’t a natural ice hockey player. “I don’t know […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Vladimir Putin’s New Orchestra; The players are being rearranged, but the conductor remains the same” – New York Times/ Ivan Krastev

File Photo of Vladimir Putin at Podium with United Russia Logo, Gesturing

“… The timing and the nature of the constitutional amendments make it clear that … Putin perceives his regime as in crisis and is doubtful about the continued viability of a system of personal rule when he is no longer around. He knows perfectly well that what his apologists trumpet as political stability is in reality … stagnation … that […]

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Russian Activists Launch ‘Public Campaign’ Against Putin’s ‘Constitutional Coup’

File Photo of Kremlin Tower, St. Basil's, Red Square at Night

(Article text ©2020 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – January 24, 2020 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/russian-activists-launch-public-campaign-against-putin-s-constitutional-coup-/30395186.html) A group of more than 30 activists, public figures and local Moscow politicians have created an online “manifesto” urging Russian citizens to resist President Vladimir Putin’s proposed constitutional amendments. Novaya Gazeta, which published the document late on January […]

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RUSSIALINK: “The Near-Instant Death of Russia’s Constitution” – Kennan Institute/ Sergey Parkhomenko

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(Kennan Institute – wilsoncenter.org/program/kennan-institute – Sergey Parkhomenko – Jan. 23, 2020) Sergey Parkhomenko is a Russian journalist, publisher, and founder of several projects aimed at developing civic activism and promoting liberal values in Russia. This article is an abridged and edited translation of this Russian-language original. As President Vladimir Putin wound up his annual address to the Federal Assembly, many […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Memory wipe: Vladimir Putin wants to rehabilitate Stalin’s pact with Hitler; Russia’s latest disinformation campaign is aimed at Poland and the EU” – The Economist

File Photo of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler Riding in Convertible

“… Antipathy between Poland and Russia is ancient. But … Putin has fanned the flames by launching one of the biggest propaganda offensives of his 20-year hold on power …. This time he tried to upend the entire history of Soviet aggression towards eastern Europe. A key moment … August 1939, when Hitler and Stalin signed a non-aggression pact and […]

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Sharon Tennison: “Shake-up in the Kremlin? Putin Selects a New Leader?”

Aerial View of Kremlin and Environs

Subject: Shake-up in the Kremlin? Putin Selects a New Leader? Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2020 From: Sharon Tennison <sharon@ccisf.org> Shake-up in the Kremlin? Putin Selects a New Leader? By Sharon Tennison Center for Citizen Initiatives I’ve had numerous emails since Putin’s moves to change Russia’s constitution have become public. Like the rest of you, I have no insider track; however, […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Who Is Olga Lyubimova, Russia’s New Culture Minister? Cultural figures are of two minds about the appointment” – Moscow Times

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Andrei Muchnik – January 22, 2020) On Tuesday evening, Russia’s new Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced the members of his cabinet. Vladimir Medinsky, who served as the culture minister for the past eight years, was let go and Olga Lyubimova appointed in his place. She had served as deputy minister and was the head of […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “A new era in Russia will allow America to rethink its policy” – The Hill/Jeffrey Mankoff

Map of Commonwealth of Independent States, European Portion

“… the era of ‘High Putinism’ is ending. … Putin ruled out changing the constitution to allow one person to serve more than two terms as president … [but] will almost certainly remain the principal power broker …. Putin could once again become prime minister …. He could also remain the head of the State Council, a consultative body comprising […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia’s Putin remains secretive about his future role” – AP/ Vladimir Isachenkov

Kremlin and River

“… Putin remained tight-lipped about his future role … as he fast-tracks … constitutional changes widely seen as an attempt to maintain his dominance … after … 2024. … Putin, 67, has been in power for more than 20 years, longer than any other Russian or Soviet leader since Josef Stalin, who led from 1924 until his death in 1953. […]

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The game’s afoot: scenarios of power transition in Russia; The transition in Russia has begun. What will it look like?

Kremlin and River

(opendemocracy.net – Ilya Matveev – January 22, 2020) Ilya Matveev is a researcher and lecturer based in St Petersburg, Russia. He is a founding editor of the online publication Openleft.ru and a member of the research group Public Sociology Laboratory. Recent years have shown that the Russian authorities are most comfortable operating in the regime of “special operations” – whether […]

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Russia’s PM Orders New Spending Plan to Boost Living Standards; Moscow prepares to ramp up state spending in a push to deliver growth and support hard-pressed Russians.

Cash, Calculator, Pen

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – January 22, 2020) Russia’s new government looks set to revise the country’s ultra-conservative economic policy in favor of more spending, a boost to welfare payments and increased investment. Mikhail Mishustin, who President Vladimir Putin appointed last week to replace Dimitry Medvedev, instructed his new cabinet Wednesday to revise the state budget – the latest version […]

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The Kremlin Releases Constitutional Amendments: But What Do They Mean For Russia, And Putin’s Future?

Aerial View of Kremlin and Environs

(Article text ©2020 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – Matthew Luxmoore, Mike Eckel – MOSCOW, January 21, 2020 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/the-kremlin-releases-constitutional-amendments-but-what-do-they-mean-for-russia-and-putin-s-future-/30389828.html) Last week, President Vladimir Putin sent Russia’s political elite reeling when he abruptly called for a raft of constitutional changes. Hours later, he oversaw the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and […]

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Putin’s Cosmetic Constitutionalism

File Photo of Kremlin Tower, St. Basil's, Red Square at Night

(Kennan Institute – wilsoncenter.org/program/kennan-institute – William Pomeranz – January 16, 2020) William Pomeranz is the Deputy Director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute President Vladimir Putin’s January 15, 2020, annual state of the nation address put forward a burst of proposed constitutional changes. The reforms included rebalancing of the 1993 constitution’s division of powers, expanding the power vertical, and limiting […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Peskov declines comment on media reports regarding Medvedev’s version of constitutional amendments” – Interfax

Dmitry Peskov file photo adapted from image at kremlin.ru/wikimedia commons

MOSCOW. Jan 21 (Interfax) – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has declined to comment on media reports that former prime minister Dmitry Medvedev proposed his own draft for constitutional reform, which envisaged a merger between the presidency and the executive authorities, to the president in December. “I am unaware of the sources of these reports, so I cannot tell you anything,” […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Amendments to Constitution to be put to public vote following approval by State Duma, Federation Council – Krasheninnikov” – Interfax

Russian State Duma Building file photo

MOSCOW. Jan 20 (Interfax) – Head of the State Duma State Building and Legislation Committee Pavel Krasheninnikov has clarified the procedure for endorsing the bill on constitutional amendments. “Today, the text, to which amendments will be added for a second reading, was submitted. We have plenty of proposals; in particular, the issue concerning a Russian nationwide vote. It is clear […]

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New Russian Prime Minister Is No Stranger to Business Community; Investors say he will promote digitization, while critics claim he has taken credit for natural progression”

Aerial View of Kremlin and Environs

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Jake Cordell – January 20, 2020) Jake covers business & economics for The Moscow Times. Russia’s new Prime Minister may have had a low profile before his surprise appointment last week, but one section of society was already well aware of Mikhail Mishustin: Russia’s business community. The 53-year old, who has been credited with transforming […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia’s Putin sends his constitutional proposals to Parliament” – AP https://apnews.com/439f57dd1e8538c930d4510c616cae5d

Russian State Duma Building file photo

“… Putin has submitted to Parliament …. constitutional amendments widely seen as an attempt to secure his grip on power well after his current term ends in 2024. … first presented … in his state-of-the-nation address … arguing they are intended to bolster the role of Parliament and strengthen democracy. Kremlin critics have argued that they are intended to allow […]

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In Wake of Putin’s ‘Coup,’ Russia’s Top Opposition Leader Refrains From Action

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Other opposition figures are planning a Feb. 29 march against the president’s proposed reforms that could keep him in power past 2024. (Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Evan Gershkovich – January 20, 2020) There was deathly silence from Russia’s most prominent opposition politician for days after President Vladimir Putin sent shockwaves through the establishment last Wednesday by proposing a clutch […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Next Russian PM a Career Bureaucrat With No Political Desire” – AP

Aerial View of Kremlin and Environs

“Mikhail Mishustin never had any political ambitions as a career bureaucrat and his name didn’t came up as a top candidate to become Russia’s next prime minister. But the 53-year-old … longtime chief of Russia’s tax service, was tapped for the post by … Putin. Putin put Mishustin’s candidacy forward … several hours after … Medvedev resigned along with the […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia Reaffirms Its Global Ambitions After Political Transition” – Wall Street Journal/ Thomas Grove

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“Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticizes the West’s ‘aggressive stance’ on the world stage” “… Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov … said the Kremlin would continue work to boost Russia’s global influence, while countering the U.S. and Europe. Russia’s growing sway on the world stage has reinvigorated Russians’ patriotism and contributed to the backbone of support for … Putin at home, even […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Putin Is Planning a Partial Retirement; The Russian president may never leave the political stage-but he’s now ready to take a step back” – Alexander Baunov/ Carnegie Moscow

Vladimir Putin file photo with VOA logo; screen shot from video still

“Putin has now set out the road map for the transition he wants Russia to make in 2024 … a picture of continuity, in which Putin can still keep a pivotal role …. Planned changes to the constitution will limit the power of the Russian presidency and also mean that Putin himself will not be eligible to run for president […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Priority of Russian law over international can be affirmed without amendments to Chapter 1 of Constitution – expert” – Interfax

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MOSCOW. Jan 17 (Interfax) – The constitutional amendment proposed by the president regarding the priority of Russian law over international law can be introduced without changing Chapters One and Two of the Constitution, Taliya Khabriyeva, the director of the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law Under the Government of the Russian Federation, who co-chairs a working group tasked with drafting […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Putin Ushers In New Prime Minister, Signaling Bid to Boost Economic Legacy” – Wall Street Journal/ Thomas Grove, Georgi Kantchev

Kremlin and River

Russia’s parliament approves Mikhail Mishustin as new prime minister, a day after government’s resignation “Russian lawmakers approved … Putin’s proposed candidate as prime minister Thursday … in a tightly choreographed transition that could set the stage for … Putin to retain a grip on power after his term ends. The vote came a day after … Putin proposed sweeping constitutional […]

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In Putin Speech, Glimpses Of A New Model For Russia: Isolation

File Photo of Kremlin Tower, St. Basil's, Red Square at Night

(Article text ©2020 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – Mike Eckel – January 16, 2020 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/in-putin-speech-glimpses-of-a-new-model-for-russia-isolation-/30381717.html) Midway through the bombshell speech that Russia analysts were already combing for clues to President Vladimir Putin’s political future, he took a small victory lap. Putin touted his accomplishments in stabilizing the country after the […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Dmitry Medvedev quits to ‘smooth’ Vladimir Putin’s path to endless power: Russian PM and entire cabinet stand down” – The Times (London)

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“… Medvedev, Russia’s prime minister, resigned … in a dramatic move that he said was aimed at smoothing the way for … Putin to introduce sweeping changes to the constitution. … Medvedev, 54, also said that his entire cabinet was stepping down. His televised announcement … came as a surprise … made shortly after … Putin, 67, … called for […]

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Six Highlights From Putin’s State of the Nation Address

File Photo of Vladimir Putin at Podium with United Russia Logo, Gesturing

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – January 15, 2020) Putin discussed Russia’s demographic crisis, the poverty level and his vision for the Russian government after he leaves office.Kremlin.ru President Vladimir Putin turned an eye toward Russia’s domestic affairs in his annual state-of-the-nation speech Wednesday, outlining proposals for fixing the country’s political, economic and social problems. Addressing both houses of parliament, the […]

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RUSSIALINK TRANSCRIPT: “Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly; The President of Russia delivered the Address to the Federal Assembly. The ceremony took place at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall.” – KremlinRu

File Photo of Vladimir Putin at Podium Gesturing

(Kremlin.ru – January 15, 2020 – en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/62582) [Russian text with video: kremlin.ru/events/president/news/62582] About 1,300 people have been invited to attend the ceremony, including members of the Federation Council, State Duma deputies, members of the Government, the heads of the Constitutional and Supreme courts, regional governors, speakers of regional legislatures, the heads of traditional religious denominations, public activists, the heads of […]

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Echoes Of War And Collapse: Russia’s Demographic Decline As Small 1990s Generation Comes Of Age

Map of Russia and Russian Flag adapted from images at state.gov

(Article text ©2020 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – Lilya Palveleva, Robert Coalson – MOSCOW, January 12, 2020 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/russia-demographic-data-dip-as-small-1990s-generation-comes-of-age/30373049.html) Russia’s demographic turbulence, which stretched the length of the last century, is continuing into the third decade of this one. The government’s statistics agency, Rosstat, released figures in December showing a natural […]

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Protests Not About to Revive 1990s – Style Politics Outside of Moscow, Region.Expert Says

Russia Regions Map

(Paul Goble – Window on Eurasia – Staunton, January 7, 2020) The rising tide of protests in Russia’s regions and republics has prompted some in Moscow and the West to predict that the heads of regions will behave much as their predecessors did in the 1990s and seek to exploit such demonstrations to boost their authority relative to Moscow. That […]

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Navalny ‘Completely Pessimistic’ About Western Curbs on Russian Corruption

(Voice of America – voanews.com – Danila Galperovich, Pete Cobus – December 31, 2019) After one suspected chemical poisoning, two arrests, 40 days in jail and multiple police raids on his Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) offices nationwide, it’s safe to say Russia’s most prominent opposition figure has had a rough year. But for Alexei Navalny, 2019 wasn’t without at least one […]

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Russian PM Approves National Action Plan On Climate Change

Map of Arctic Highlighting Permafrost, adapted from image at nasa.gov

(Article text ©2020 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – January 3, 2020 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/russian-pm-approves-national-action-plan-on-climate-change/30362756.html) Russian Prime Minister Russian Dmitry Medvedev has approved a national action plan for the first phase of adapting to climate change. Medvedev’s order, dated December 25, was published on the government’s website on January 4. [http://m.government.ru/news/38739/] It outlines […]

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A Beneficiary Of The U.S.-Iran Crisis Could Well Be Russia

Iran Map and Flag

(Article text ©2020 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – RFE/RL Analysis – Todd Prince – January 4, 2020 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/analysis-a-beneficiary-of-the-u-s–iran-crisis-could-well-be-russia/30360014.html) Senior Russian officials have publicly condemned the U.S. killing of Iran’s most powerful military commander, joining foreign leaders in warning that it will lead to an escalation of tensions in the already […]

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#1 :: 1 January 2020

St. Basil's Domes

To inquire about a subscription to the full Johnson’s Russia List e-mail newsletter, e-mail David Johnson at davidjohnson@starpower.net Support the JRL: russialist.org/funding.php Donate Online: click here for direct link at GWU [check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2020-#1 :: Thursday, 1 January 2020 A project sponsored through […]

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Russia Rubs Its Hands At The Prospect of Profit From Climate Change

Arctic Satellite Image and Map

(Article text ©2019 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – Michael Scollon – Dec. 28, 2019 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/russia-rubs-its-hands-at-the-prospect-of-profit-from-climate-change/30348840.html) When it wasn’t burning, Siberia was flooding. The permafrost in the Far North continued to melt, and the Arctic ice kept breaking up. But as a year that underscored the troubles in store for Russia […]

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Putin has Succeeded by Luck and By Challenging Arrangements Many Thought Couldn’t Be but His System is Wearing Out, Shelin Says

Putin at Desk

(Paul Goble – Window on Eurasia – Staunton, December 28, 2019) Twenty years after Yeltsin handed him the Russian presidency, Vladimir Putin has achieved remarkable success both by luck – he arrived when the oil boom was coming on line and is up against less than the first string of rulers in the West – and by being the first […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “By The Numbers: 20 Years Of Putin’s Russia” – RFE/RL/ Kristyna Foltynova

Vladimir Putin file photo with VOA logo; screen shot from video still

“Twenty years ago, on December 31, 1999, Vladimir Putin became the acting president of Russia. Now serving his fourth term in office, Putin is dealing with a struggling economy, tough Western sanctions, unpopular government reforms, and a drop in his approval rating.  Let’s take a look at how Russia was doing when Putin took charge and how it’s faring today. […]

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William Dunkerley: “Washington Times Flimflams Readers on Putin’s ‘Disastrous’ Reign”

File Photo of Vladimir Putin at Podium with United Russia Logo, Gesturing

Subject: Re: JRL 2020 #1 – Washington Times editorial Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2020 From: William Dunkerley<wd@publishinghelp.com> Washington Times Flimflams Readers on Putin’s “Disastrous” Reign By Willliam Dunkerley JRL 2020 #1 highlights a Washington Times editorial: “Vladimir Putin’s 20-year reign.” The editorial asserts among other things that in the year 2000, at the dawn of the Putin era, the Russian […]

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Putin Predictions of Yore: What the Pundits Thought 20 Years Ago

File Photo of Kremlin Tower, St. Basil's, Red Square at Night

(Russia Matters – russiamatters.org – Thomas Schaffner – December 24, 2019) Thomas Schaffner is a student web assistant with Russia Matters and a graduate of American University. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author[s]. Twenty years ago this month, resigning Russian President Boris Yeltsin tapped Vladimir Putin to be his successor. Unlike Yeltsin, who’d been […]

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After a Turbulent Year in Russian Domestic Politics, What Does 2020 Hold in Store?

Aerial View of Kremlin and Environs

We talk to five political analysts about how Russian authorities will attempt to maintain stability next year. (Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Evan Gershkovich – December 23, 2019) The year in domestic affairs came to a close just like the year before: with a surprise protest in Russia’s far north, hundreds of kilometers away from the country’s beating political heart […]

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Discussions about Russia’s Future Should Be Open-Ended Lest They be Used to Frighten People into Backing Current Arrangements, Luzin Says

Russia Regions Map

(Paul Goble – Window on Eurasia – Staunton, December 12, 2019) Discussing Russia’s future, including its possible transformation into a federation or confederation or even disintegration, is useful, Pavel Luzin says; but only if those taking part in it are open to considering multiple possibilities. Otherwise, any suggestion, such as radical decentralization of disintegration may only frighten people. The recent […]

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