Hello, lovely readers! We resume Reading on Russia Roundups this week with articles on EU-Russian relations, anti-Russian propaganda, ‘independent’ Russian media, and the Ukraine crisis.
At last, we have the event recap from the recent panel at the NYU Jordan Center on the Ukraine crisis, ‘Beyond Political Games’.
As some of you may know, the Russian media company RBK underwent editorial reshuffling last week. Russia Direct’s liberal takes on the situation suggest that RBK may have been a victim of Russia’s ‘siege mentality’, had an editorial policy too independent for the government’s liking, or was shaken up to curb the political ambitions of its owner Mikhail Prokhorov.
I recently discovered a new site, PolitRussia.com, while messing around on Twitter. I honestly don’t know what to make of this site, but I did find an interesting article that interprets the recent recognition of Crimea as Russian by the regional council of Veneto in Italy and the French parliament mulling the repeal of sanctions as a clear turnaround in policy – the boomerang effect of anti-Russian propaganda. What do you think?
This Tuesday in Brussels, the Valdai Discussion Club and the European Policy Centre held a discussion titled “Russia and the EU: what options for a retuning of relations?” This event was the Valdai Club’s third in a series of EU-Russia dialogues. The summary is here. Basically, Russia’s not going to adapt to European norms and rules of behavior, so we must identify new principles of cooperation; Russia shouldn’t bypass Brussels to deal with individual EU member states; the EU won’t respond with sanctions to the EEU; the EU is seeking closer cooperation with Russia’s neighboring states, and Russia should just accept it; relations between Russia and the EU are at a stalemate and no one knows what to do next. Somewhat related speech by Andrey Bystritskiy here.
And lastly, as the West is sucked deeper into the Syrian conflict and starts a new Cold War with Russia, the mainstream news media has collapsed as a vehicle for reliable information, creating a danger for the world, writes Robert Parry.