It’s Christmas Eve. Hooray! Although I know not all of my readers celebrate Christmas, I still want to give you guys a Russia-related gift of some sort. Originally, I planned to publish the Senility of Vladimir P. review, complete with hand-drawn illustrations, today. However, reviewing this stinker is taking far longer than expected and I’m pushing the release date back to New Year’s. Plus, my only means of scanning drawings into .jpg or .gif format decided it would (quite literally) go on holiday break, rendering my pen crosshatching as ugly black smears in the virtual images. So, no review and no pictures in the review when I post it.
I decided instead to momentarily bring back Reading on Russia Roundup. Apparently, quite a few of you all miss the Roundups. I’ll address this issue along with the other survey results in an upcoming New Year’s resolutions post. In the meantime enjoy (or debate, or mock) the following news articles from across the Russia-centric web.
(There’s a mix of old and new stuff here – I started collecting on Dec. 17th)
Проблема вымирания российской деревни является одной из острых социально-экономических проблем современной России. Центр экономических и политических реформ изучил этот вопрос, опираясь на статистические данные, результаты социологических исследований, а также работы исследователей-демографов. Мы попытались ответить на вопрос: как и почему происходит вымирание российских деревень?
Brian Milakovsky has been living in Ukraine and Russia since 2009. He has worked on both ecological and humanitarian issues. Today he lives in Luhansk Oblast in the Donbass region, where he works in an aid organization. He occasionally writes about his impressions in the Donbas.
In Eastern Ukraine, the Orthodox Church finds itself in the crossfire of an ideological conflict.
Tucker Carlson interviewed Prof. Robert McElvaine, a history professor at Millsaps College in Jackson, who wrote in the Huffington Post said that Russia influenced the election.
On Wednesday, the New York Times ran a front-page article on the DNC hack. Despite the implications of its lurid headline (“The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S.”), the article is, for the most part, a tale of American incompetence and negligence. It reveals that the DNC took a full seven months to respond to FBI warnings that its email system had been hacked, sometimes through rather obvious phishing attempts, and that DNC executives took nine months to schedule a formal meeting with senior FBI officials.
The scores of articles written about the hacking of the Democratic campaign emails have presented no conclusive evidence of the Russian government’s involvement; the public hasn’t been offered any. Instead, we’ve been asked to trust the “intelligence community”—despite its long track record of deception—along with that of cyberdefense consultants hired by the Democrats.
Relations between Ankara and Moscow will likely continue to improve, despite the assassination of a Russian diplomat.
Somebody complained recently that I never condemn the Russian Federation for its actions, even when it’s obviously in the wrong. This isn’t entirely true. I have on occasion made critical comments. But it isn’t entirely incorrect either – I’m not a fan of the current fad of condemning foreign countries for all sorts of alleged sins.
And a friendly reminder from J.T.: The Russia Reviewed End-of-Year survey closes in 8 days! If you haven’t taken the survey already, please do so!