Russia Roundup #49

Problems of Putinism Persist (Gordon M. Hahn)

The Putin system has many problems. Something tells me these aren’t exactly the most pressing ones…

Молодежь и политика: точки соприкосновения (VTsIOM)

Молодые люди в целом склонны более категорично оценивать политическую сферу и работу чиновников, нежели старшее поколение, при этом среди молодежи фиксируется запрос на порядок и стабильность.

Food for Thought: Sorokin’s Manaraga (Lizok’s Bookshelf)

I think the only way to write about Vladimir Sorokin’s latest novel, Manaraga is to imagine myself in the book for a minute. So: if, I, a woman, were somehow miraculously admitted into the exclusive ranks of book’n’grill chefs in some near-but-future century that I’m too lazy to calculate, what would be the most appropriate meal to grill using Manaraga (preferably a signed first edition) as a (burning, yes, burning) log?

Что печатали в России в 2016-м году (

How Did Russiagate Start (Rolling Stone)

The uncertainty has led to widespread public terror, mass media hysteria and excess, and possibly even panic in the White House itself, where, who knows, Trump may even have risked military confrontation with Russia in an effort to shake the collusion accusations. All of this is exacerbated by the constant stream of leaks and hints at mother lodes of evidence that are just around the corner. It’s quite literally driving the country crazy.

Russian Urban Gothic (Inrussia)

Photographer Ivan Anisimov looks for signs of the times in his hometown of Pereslavl-Zalessky.

 New Cracks in Russiagate ‘Assessment’ (Robert Parry)

Fighting the politicized, evidence-free “Collusion with Russia” narrative (National Review)

The ‘Russian collusion’ scandal is manufactured — but like all good subterfuge, it is premised on a kernel of truth.