Sergei Lavrov has apparently said that the new revised US anti-missile plan ‘creates good conditions for dialogue’. Russia’s envoy to the UN has said that the build up of missile defence will problematize the notion of nuclear reduction. NATO has encouraged Russia to take on a greater role in Afghanistan. The Washington Post reports that drugs czar Viktor Ivanov has criticized the US for not doing enough to combat the war-torn country’s drug trade. The commander of Russia’s Airborne Troops has received an official warning from the Defense Ministry.
RFE/RL has a feature on what it views as an increasingly lacklustre CIS summit. Why Russia is out of place in PACE in a comment piece in the Moscow Times. Nino Burjanadze has penned a piece in the Guardian on why Mikheil Saakashvili has to go.
Are the Moscow city elections a safe bet for Mayor Yury Luzhkov or are forces within the Kremlin ready to orchestrate his downfall? Konstantin Sonin expounds this possibility in an op-ed piece in the Moscow Times. Apparently United Russia is planning on a voyage into the unknown; the party may use, for the first time ever, a platform: ‘an ideology of Russian conservatism’.
PHOTO: People rally, holding portraits of slain journalist Anna Politkovskaya, in downtown Moscow, October 7, 2009. Hundreds of people rallied Wednesday on the third anniversary of the killing of Anna Politkovskaya, calling on the authorities to find and punish the killers of journalists and human rights activists in Russia. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)