Reading on Russia Roundup #55

There will be no Russia Roundup next week, as I am out of the country.

Климатические колебания: тепло ли, холодно ли…? (VTsIOM)

Как считает подавляющее большинство россиян, климат Земли меняется. При этом более половины полагают, что это – результат действий людей – свидетельствуют данные ежедневного опроса «ВЦИОМ-Спутник».

Protesting miners sued the head of the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (TsEPR)

On the 24th of July protesting miners applied to court. They filed a suit for the protection of honour and dignity in connection with the offensive statements of the General Director of the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre Valery Fyodorov. CEPR presents their official statement.

Two Books in English: Expats, Love, Life, Literature, and Moscow (Lizok’s Bookshelf)

On the surface, two novels set in Moscow that I read this spring and summer—Charlotte Hobson’s The Vanishing Futurist and Guillermo Erades’s Back to Moscow—have a lot in common. Both feature young expats who come to Moscow at tumultuous times, both include lots of literary references, and both end rather sadly, with departures that fit their times. Both novels also mention the dangers of falling ic(icl)e(s) in spring. The differences, of course, are greater the similarities; I’ll try to summarize…

Intel Vets Challenge “Russia Hack” Evidence (Consortium News)

In a memo to President Trump, a group of former U.S. intelligence officers, including NSA specialists, cite new forensic studies to challenge the claim of the key Jan. 6 “assessment” that Russia “hacked” Democratic emails last year. 

Russia’s New and Unrealistic Naval Doctrine (Russian Military Reform/War on the Rocks)

The Russian Navy is keen on showy demonstrations of strength. Just in the last week, it has begun an exercise with the Chinese navy in the Baltic Sea and sent its largest warship, the Peter the Great nuclear cruiser, and the world’s largest submarine, the Dmitry Donskoi, from the Northern Fleet to the Baltic to participate in the Navy Day parade on July 30. In another act primarily significant for its symbolism, Vladimir Putin approved a new Russian naval doctrine last week. Taken at face value, the doctrine appears to promote a vision of a revived Russian Navy that can maintain its superiority over up and comers like China’s navy, and even pose a serious threat to the U.S. Navy in certain environments. The reality is, as with most such documents, the gap between aspiration and feasible plans remains quite large.

Compromise Impossible: What the Sanctions Bill Against Russia Means (RIAC)

The toughening of the American position after Hamburg puts Russia at a disadvantage. It will either have to punch fist on the table, or, in the worst kind, pretend that nothing terrible happened and continue to search for compromises and solutions, not paying attention to the increasing pressure. At the same time, further intensification of pressure against Russia is almost inevitable. This is caused by a number of factors.

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2 comments

  1. On the issue of the climate change and the (apparent lack of) summer this year in Russia, RuNet has two leading theories. One school of thought blames widget spinners, vape-shops and evaporated smoothies. The other one points out that the weather became chilly EXACTLY when the relics of St. Nicholas (you know – the Santa!) arrived in Russia. “Coincidence? I don’t think so!” (c) 😉

    Re: RIAC article.

    It was apparent from the beginning that the pressure on Russia won’t abate till the end of 2018. I think, no one ever (except of a thin slice of sudden pro-Trump fans) expected things to be otherwise. Also note that article was published on 25 of July, i.e. it was written even before that. Since then Russia decided to apply the Procrustes approach to the counter-measures.

    The author himself strikes me as a typical “everythingloster” (rus. “всёпропальщик”, a reference to the old Soviet comedy “The Diamond Arm”).

    “In the final analysis, sanctions leave Russia the only alternative — to accept the US as a strategic and key challenge to its security.”

    Captain, Sir! Your ship USS Obvious is ready to set sail!

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  2. It is obvious to me that the US tries to do the same trick with Europe as it did with Ukraine, i.e. tries to tear it away from Russia and make both (that is Europe and Russia) pay for this.

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