Russia This Week – November 20, 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. Cartoon Of The Week (Source: Vk.com/politics_today) Photo Of T...


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Reactions To The Trump-Putin Non-Meeting In Vietnam

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump participated to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Da Nang, Vietnam (6-11 November, 2017). After conflicting reports about a possible meeting, the two leaders were photographed shaking hands duri...


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Russia This Week – November 17, 2017

Russia This Week is a weekly review by the MEMRI Russian Media Studies Project, surveying developing stories in Russian domestic affairs as presented in the Russian media. Cartoon Of The Week On the centenary of the Bolshevik revolution, the Russian news agency Ria.ru...


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Duma Speaker Volodin: ‘It Is Unacceptable To Romanticize Revolution’

On the eve of the Russian Revolution's centenary, Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, who formerly headed the presidential administration's internal policy department, warned against new revolutions. During the meeting of the XXI World Russian People's Council, devoted to the theme ...


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Russian Intellectuals’ Open Letters: ‘Supporting The Hypocrisy Of The Authorities Is Immoral’

The following are two open letters, criticizing the Russian authorities for their "hypocrisy," and signed by Russian intellectuals and human rights activists. These letters were triggered by the unveiling of the Wall of Grief monument dedicated to the victims of Stalinist terror ...


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Russian Historian Pavlova: The Wall Of Grief Is ‘A Symbol Of New Enslavement’

The U.S.-based Russian historian Irina Pavlova commented in her blog on the opening of the Wall of Grief commemorating victims of Soviet-era political repression and terror.[1] The ceremony was held on October 30 2017, as part of the official Day Of Remembrance For Victims Of Pol...


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At The Opening Of Russia’s Wall Of Grief, Patriarch Kirill Criticizes The Bolshevik Revolution On Its 100th Anniversary And Warns Against Fomenting New Revolutions

Vladimir Putin has tried to straddle the issue of the Bolshevik Revolution in an effort to forge a consensus between supporters and opponents of the revolution. He has described the fall of the Soviet Union as a tragedy and brought back the anthem used during Soviet times. On the...


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Russia This Week – November 10, 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. Quotes Of The Week Russia,ד Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov:...


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Russia’s Policy In The Middle East: ‘We Have Crossed The Rubicon’

On October 27, political analyst Aleksandr Vedrussov published an article in the pro-Kremlin Russian newspaper Izvestia, titled "The Middle East Rubicon", explaining why the Gulf countries have changed their views on Moscow. According to the author, Russia has "crossed the Rubico...


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The Improbable Candidates Contesting Russia’s Presidential Elections

The following is a list of some the new faces who have announced their candidacy for March 18, 2018 Russian presidential elections. This list of quite improbable political figures includes a porn-actress, an "it girl" and a singer. As all parties represented in the Duma s...


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Russian Media Outlet RBC Publishes Investigative Report: How The ‘Troll Factory’ Worked During The U.S. Election

On October 17, 2017, the Russian RBC magazine published an investigative report on attempts by the "troll factory" in St. Petersburg to influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.[1] RBC sources close to the "troll factory" management insisted that "there was no dire...


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Lebanese Daily Close To Syria: Senior U.S. Official In Secret Visit To Syria To Discuss Missing Americans, Including CIA Agents

Introduction On November 3, 2017, Ibrahim Al-Amin, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Al-Akhbar Lebanese daily, which is close to Hizbullah and to the Syrian regime, published an article in which he claimed that a senior American security official had visited Syria seve...


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Putin At The Valdai International Discussion Club Conclave Part III: ‘The United States Has Unleashed An Unprovoked Anti-Russia Campaign’

The following are Vladimir Putin's responses to questions from political analysts attending the plenary session of the Valdai International Discussion Club's annual meeting.[1] During the Q&As, Putin stated that the United States unleashed an "unprovoked anti-Russia campaign....


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Putin At The Valdai International Discussion Club Conclave Part II: If The U.S. Withdraws From The INF Treaty, ‘Our Response Would Be Immediate, I Would Like To Repeat This Warning’

The following are excerpts from the answers that Vladimir Putin gave to the questions from political analysts, attending the plenary session of the Valdai International Discussion Club's annual meeting.[1] The Q&As were moderated by the Russian intellectual Fyodor Lukyanov, w...


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Putin’s Speech At The Meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club: ‘[The West’s] Policy Based On Self-Assurance, Egotism And Claims to Exceptionalism Will Not Bring Any Respect Or True Greatness’ Part I

This year's topic of the Valdai Club's 14th meeting was "Creative Destruction: Will A New World Order Emerge from the Current Conflicts?" The four-day forum (October 16-19, 2017) in Sochi was joined by the former President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, the ...


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Russia This Week – October 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. Cartoon Of The Week (Source: Vk.com/politics_today) ...


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Russian U.S. Affairs Expert: West Wants Another Yeltsin Or Gorbachev To Bring Russia To Its Knees

The Russian media outlet Pravda.ru conducted an interview with America watcher Alexey Fenenko, an associate professor at MGIMO, titled: " Warm war, revolution and breakdown: How the West wants to destroy Russia."[1] In the interview, conducted by by Inna Novikova, Fenenko claims...


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Official Russian Reactions To Trump’s Speech On The Iran Nuclear Deal

The following are official Russian reactions to President Donald Trump's October 13 speech outlining his policy towards the Iran nuclear deal.[1] Russian Deputy FM Sergey Ryabkov advises the U.S. not to amend the nuclear deal because "If it's not broken, don't fix it.". According...


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Russia This Week – October 17, 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. Photo Of The Week When Russian President Vladimir Putin turne...


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Popular Russian Blogger On Russia-Linked Facebook Ads: The Western Budget For Interfering In The Russian Election Will Far Surpass 150 Thousand Dollars

Ivan Danilov, an economist and author of the popular Crimson Alter blog, recently published an article, titled "Putin Has Elected Trump For 150 Thousand Dollars. When We Should Expect Retaliation," in the Russian news agency RIA. Danilov asserts the scandal of the Facebook ads li...


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