Russia This Week – January 14, 2018

Russia This Week is a weekly review by the MEMRI Russian Media Studies Project, covering the latest Russia-related news and analysis from media in Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. Picture Of The Week– The Oracle Of Google Google proclaimed Put...


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The Kremlin Must Tame Damascus and Tehran

Ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin's "mission accomplished" visit to Syria where he announced the partial troop withdrawal the general mood by officials and commentators has been self-congratulatory. The mood of self-satisfaction extends to Moscow's allies in Syria – the...


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Russian Columnist: Stop Deluding Yourself Trump Is To Blame

Official Russia had great expectations from Donald Trump after he won the 2016 presidential elections. However, the U.S. president did little if anything to justify these expectations. Russian official and editorial comment generally sought to exonerate Trump of responsibility id...


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Russian Middle East Expert Alexander Shumilin: Iran Uprising And Its Consequences For Russia

Alexander Shumilin, Director of the Center for the Analysis of Middle East Conflicts at the Institute of the U.S. and Canadian Studies in Moscow, analyzed the consequences of the popular uprising in Iran for Russia in an article, titled "Iran Burning. Consequences For Russia,". ...


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Putin At The Expanded Meeting Of The Defense Ministry Board: The United States’ Defense Strategy Is An Aggressive Strategy

On December 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in the Russian Ministry of Defense's extended board session that convened took place in the new building of the "Peter The Great" Military Academy of the Strategic Missile Forces. During the session, Russian President Vla...


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Russia This Week – January 5, 2018

Russia This Week is a weekly review by the MEMRI Russian Media Studies Project, covering the latest Russia-related news and analysis from media in Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. Front Page Of The Week– The Russians Downsize Trump Caption: ...


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Russia Reacts To The New U.S. National Security Strategy

On December 18, 2017, the new National Security Strategy (NSS) of the United States was unveiled.[1] According to the new U.S. strategy, Russia and China seek to "challenge American power," and "attempt to erode" American security and prosperity. Commenting on the U.S. security s...


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2018: Russians Look Forward With Apprehension

In his article, titled "Looking Apprehensively At 2018", Russian commentator Sergey Shelin analyzes the sociological implications of the report " Expectations for 2018" published by the Levada Center, Russia's leading independent polling agency.[1] The report shows that Russian a...


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Popular Uprising Against The Iranian Regime And Its Policy –2017

The current popular unrest in Iran against the regime began in Tehran on December 27, 2017 in the form of economic protests against the high cost of living, but rapidly spread throughout the country while acquiring a political dimension of protest against the Islamic Revolution r...


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Russian Academician Inozemtsev: Why The Kremlin Talks About A War Economy

In his article, titled "Sham Mobilization: Why the Kremlin Talks about a War Economy," Russian academician Vladislav Inozemtsev stressed that Russia has no real plans to place the industry on a war footing. The authorities are employing a politically convenient militarist rhetori...


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Russia This Week – December 28, 2017

Russia This Week is a weekly review by the MEMRI Russian Media Studies Project, covering the latest Russia-related news and analysis from media in Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. Homage To Russian Linguist Andrey Zaliznyak Andrey Zaliznyak ...


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Russia This Week – December 22, 2017

Russia This Week is a weekly review by the MEMRI Russian Media Studies Project, covering the latest Russia-related news and analysis from media in Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. Interview Of The Week Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s ...


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Vladimir Putin’s Annual News Conference Part II: U.S. Congressmen Lack Common Sense

On December 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in his 13th annual news conference. The event, lasting three hours and forty minutes, was attended by 1640 accredited journalists.[1] Commenting on the news conference, Russian liberal journalist Igor Yakovenko wro...


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Vladimir Putin’s Annual News Conference Part I: ‘Nurturing Rivals Is Not What I Need To Do’

On December 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in the annual news conference. During the event, several topics were tackled, including his recent announcement that he was running for a fourth term.[1] During the press conference, Russian journalist and self-nomi...


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Russia In The World – Russia In Southeast Asia

Russia In The World is a MEMRI Russian Media Studies Project review of Russia's geopolitical interests and areas of penetration. This edition of Russia In The World deals with Russia's interests in Southeast Asia. The original image was taken from Studiya 13's Facebook page....


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Reactions To Putin’s Troop Withdrawal Order From Syria

The following are reactions to Russian President Vladimir Putin's order to withdraw Russian troops from Syria. The order was given during Putin's surprise visit to Syria on December 11. During his speech in the Hmeymim base, Putin said: "Syria has been preserved as a sovereign...


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Russia This Week – December 14, 2017

Russia This Week is a weekly review by the MEMRI Russian Media Studies Project, covering the latest Russia-related news and analysis from media in Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. Photos Of The Week On December 11, Russian President Vladimir...


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Russian Analyst Goltz: Russia Is Being Fed Completely Irrational Conspiracy Theories

Russian analyst Aleksander Goltz, in article titled "Obscurantism On The March," observes the revival in Russia of long discredited conspiracy theories from the blood libel to the flat-Earth theory. Goltz concludes that whenever a society is constantly fed "completely irrational ...


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Reactions To Putin’s Announcement That He Is Running For A Fourth Term

On December 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his 2018 presidential bid, during a festive rally at the GAZ automotive factory. During the rally, Artyom Baranov, a senior factory operations analyst, told Putin: "Thank you very much for your warm words, for joining ...


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Russian Analyst Timofeev: Russia Should Lower Its Profile, Accumulate Resources And Only Then Reassert Itself As A World Power

Ivan Timofeev, Program Director of the Valdai Discussion Club and Director of Programs at Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), analyzed Russia-West relations in his article, titled "Working Under the Radar: The Stealth Alternative in Russia's Foreign Policy". The article...


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