8/21 Weekly Roundup

Dear Readers,

Enjoy our latest installation of the Weekly Roundup, a collection of must-read articles on U.S.-Russian relations compiled at The Elicitor every Friday. Read our most recent essay publication written by The Elicitor Guest Contributor Bryan Rosenthal who discusses the developing opportunities for U.S.-Russian cooperation in the Middle East. Also, check out our media page for a comical video of Russian Cossacks enforcing the European food import ban. We appreciate the outpouring of support since the launch and encourage you to subscribe to the Weekly Roundup newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

Russia’s economy: On the path to penury” by Noah Sneider (The Economist, 21 August 2015)

Russia and the Cold War Warriors” by James Nixey (Chatham House, 21 August 2015)

U.S. Told Ukraine to Stand Down as Putin Invaded” by Michael Weiss and Eli Lake (Bloomberg, 21 August 2015)

Working on the Railroad” by Sam Greene (Moscow-on-Thames, 21 August 2015)

Quick Thoughts on Yakunin’s move from RZhD” by Mark Galeotti (In Moscow’s Shadows, 21 August 2015)

Russian Orthodox Church lends wait to Putin patriotism” by Vitaly Shevchenko (BBC, 21 August 2015)

Turning Point” by Mark Rachkevych (Kyiv Post, 20 August 2015)

Is a Slow Putsch Against Putin Under Way?” by Paul Roderick Gregory (Forbes, 20 August 2015) 

Doves on Ukraine, From Left to Right” by Leonid Bershidsky (Bloomberg, 20 August 2015)

Ukraine Reform Monitor” (CEIP, 19 August 2015)

Russia’s summer of intrigue: Political trials take center stage by Andrew Roth (The Washington Post, 19 August 2015)

What are the Kremlin’s new red lines in the post-Soviet space?” by Pavel Koshkin (Russia Direct, 19 August 2015)

High-level Iranian and Saudi visits to Moscow raise speculation” by David Narmania and Nikolay Surkov (Russia Beyond The Headlines, 19 August 2015)

Giving Kyiv’s animals a humane treatment” by Irina Matskova (Euromaidan Press, 19 August 2015)

Bulldozing Brie Won’t Spark Unrest in Russia” by Georgy Bovt (The Moscow Times, 18 August 2015)

Russia’s surprisingly stingy sovereign wealth fund” by Alex Nice (Business New Europe, 18 August 2015)

What’s Putin’s Golden Opportunity for Popularity in the West?” by William Dunkerley (Russia Insider, 18 August 2015)

Russian police bust $30 million contraband cheese ring” (Associated Press, 18 August 2015)

Fear Vladimir Putin’s weakness not his strength” by John Thornhill (Financial Times, 17 August 2015)

Ukraine Needs Decentralization to Develop Future Democratic Leaders” by Tymofiy Mylovanov et al. (Vox Ukraine, 17 August 2015)

Defensive Capabilities for Ukraine: Still the Realistic Choice” by Kirk Bennett (Center for European Policy Analysis, 17 August 2015)

Stigma and pain surround cancer patients in Russia” by Natalia Antonova (Mashable, 17 August 2015)

Rebel-held Ukraine overhauls education system as it aligns itself with Russia” by Jack Losh (The Guardian, 16 August 2015)

Putin in the Dock” by Richard Gregory (Project Syndicate, 14 August 2015)

Russia’s Mighty Pivot to Africa” by Eugene Steinberg (The National Interest, 14 August 2015)

Surprise! Ukraine Loves NATO” by Ievgen Voribiov (Foreign Policy, 13 August 2015)

Iran, Ukraine, and the Global Nuclear Order” by Mariana Budjeryn (Krytyka, August 2015)

Russian Startups Are Coming to the U.S.” by Aleksandr Gorbachev (Newsweek, 9 August 2015)


Elisey and Peter


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