In response to anonymous question:
Where do you get your news?
My relationship with the news is…complicated. That’s a post for another time, however. When I do read “news”, it’s usually through the myriad newsletters that appear in my inbox each morn.
I consult Kommersant, Meduza, Gazeta.ru, ACEWA, VTsIOM, BNE Intellinews (occasionally), academia, several think tanks listed on my ‘Russia Resources’ page, and of course the blogosphere. None of these outlets is perfect. None of them is an indispensable source of Russia information. Everything is taken with a grain of salt, as per the J.T. norm.
In the end, though, nothing feeds the mind like a meticulously researched, well-argued book, even if publication takes longer.