Journalist William Partlett has a very interesting piece in The National Interest on Vladimir Putin’s unusual relationship with the judiciary. By tolerating lawlessness in return for personal loyalty, Putin’s lawfare state therefore violates the central principle of conservative liberalism: its insistence on clear and rigidly enforced legal rules.
TODAY: Putin emphasises domestic growth and friendliness towards the West in his annual speech, sends officials to sleep; no pause in fighting in Aleppo but Russia considers humanitarian corridors; Moscow accused of interference in Montenegro and Hungary; VTB says no privatisation whilst sanctions are in place, which, says EU, they will be for some time; […]» Read More
TODAY: Putin addresses nation in annual speech; stresses importance of unity; RT to receive funding boost; young technocrat named as new Economic Development Minister; an economic rather than political appointment, observers suggest; Russia daunting as a cyberpower, says Western security expert; Ukraine pledges to avoid Crimean airspace in controversial missile tests.» Read More
TODAY: EU leaders say Putin should foot Syria reconstruction bill; Germany believes Russian disinformation undermines democracy; Ukraine talks end without progress; Rosneft given deadline for its share buyback proposal; Russia’s HIV numbers hitting people outside of high-risk groups.» Read More