This is the fourth installment in a series of weekly compilation of Russia articles that piqued my interest. I hope some of them will pique yours.
Mark Adomanis discusses Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings and suggests they may have peaked, and that the post-Crimea euphoria is over.
From Ilaria Parogni at the NYU Jordan Center, astute and amusing commentary on the recent appearance of “dissident” punk “performer” Nadya Tolokonnikova (of Pussy Riot) at Hemmerdinger Hall.
Last week Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov paid a working visit to Tokyo as part of his diplomatic tour of Asia. According to Ruslan Kostyuk, there are a few areas where Russia and Japan could decide to cooperate in an effort to enhance both regional and international security. But first they need to work out a solution for the Kuril Islands.
This one doesn’t really count as “reading” on Russia, but I will include it anyway. The latest podcast on Sean’s Russia blog features a discussion with Professor of International Relations at San Francisco State University Andrei Tsygankov on possible Russian foreign policy trajectories.
Russia Direct’s Yury Barmin argues that Putin’s KGB background (oh brother) helps to explain why Russia continues to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Have you read the controversial Kommersant op-ed recently written by head of Russia’s Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin? It’s…interesting, let me tell you. Dmitry Polikanov questions what Bastrykin was trying to accomplish by publicly calling for greater confrontation with the West.