This week was an eventful one as far as Russian affairs (and the articles produced about them) go. Read on for Chernobyl and Chatham House, Handelsblatt and human rights.
First up, we have Sean Guillory at Sean’s Russia Blog, who wrote a letter to the Russian elite, which, among other things, makes recommendations for how to rebuild institutions and start thinking about life after Putin. What do you think of his suggestions?
This Tuesday (April 26th) marked the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The New East Network (via Russia Direct) presents first-person accounts of one of the worst catastrophes in human history.
Paul Robinson of the University of Ottawa criticizes a recent Chatham House report, entitled ‘Agents of the Russian World: Proxy Groups in the Contested Neighbourhood’ on his blog IRRUSSIANALITY. He sounds uncharacteristically annoyed, but for very good reasons.
The recent appointment of new human rights ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova has provoked a mixed reaction within Russian society. Marina Obrazkova explains why.
Mark Adomanis delivers some semi-positive news on Russian demographics: they have not been affected by increasingly serious economic problems thus far.
Russia and NATO renewed their dialogue for the first time since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis, but the talks failed to produce any results. However, as Artem Kureev explains, the very fact that the summit took place means a lot and gives a reason to hope that the two sides can eventually find a compromise.
And last but not least, in an exclusive interview with Handelsblatt, German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier talks about why rising global tensions and fears of terrorism indicate it may be time to end the standoff with Russia.