There is an article penned by Mikheil Saakashvili in the Washington Post exulting the progress he believes Georgia has made since the war. Russia says that Georgia needs to sign a non-violence treaty in order to regain trust among neighboring states. Apparently the Russian Armed Forces General Staff does not plan to reinforce Russian troops in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The new Prime Minister of South Ossetia is Russian businessman Vadim Brovtsev. Kyrgyzstan has rebutted Uzbekistan’s complaints about a new Russian base.
The retrial of suspects charged with involvement in the murder of Anna Politkovskaya has been quickly adjourned. In line with the wishes of Politkovskaya’s family, prosecutors have agreed that the case should be concomitant with an investigation into who ordered the killing. Spanish authorities have refused to extradite Antonio Valdes Garcia, whom the Prosecutor General’s Office has sought in connection with the case against former Yukos officials.
An op-ed contributor in the Moscow Times suggests that ‘political subordination among Russians’ is the result not of repression, but a ‘general lack of political awareness’. Read here for an argument for why the tenth anniversary of Putin’s rise to power leaves little to celebrate.
PHOTO: General Nogovitsyn pointing at a chart on August 5, 2009, while giving a news conference where he also discussed Georgia. (Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP)