The Guardian reports on the PR battle that has raged between Russia and Georgia aided by a vanguard of powerhouse media firms. Georgian defense minister Vasil Sikharulidze has been forced to retract comments that US training of Georgian soldiers could be useful in the event of an attack from Russia, after Washington balked at the implications. Georgia’s policy on blocking commercial traffic heading to Abkhazia seems to be working – a Turkish tanker operator says risks are too high to try to deliver to the breakaway state. An op-ed piece in the Moscow Times suggests that ‘devious businessmen will continue trying to break the embargo as long as they can still make some money out of it’.
Russia is apparently expectant that the change in Mongolia’s leadership will not affect the Kremlin’s plans for improving bilateral trade, to be discussed by Medvedev on his trip to Ulan Bator. Poland reportedly expects a US decision on missile defense as early as next month. The Washington Post suggests that rates of TB could be about to skyrocket with a drug-resistant strain hitting populations rendered vulnerable by the crisis.
Russia has reportedly declassified certain top secret documents which will be published in an attempt to clarify the Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact. RFE/RL examines current day interpretations of the fateful deal, reporting that only 6% of Russians in a July poll condemned the pact outright.
PHOTO: A helicopter pours oil-fighting chemicals on the polluted waters of the Yenisei river downstream from the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power dam in Cheryomushky. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday called for checks on all Russia’s major infrastructure as hopes faded of finding any survivors of an accident at the country’s largest hydroelectric plant. (AFP/Alexander Nemenov)