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A Conversation With William Browder
Russia’s Plot to Smear Magnitsky

The Kremlin is attempting to undermine support for the Magnitsky Act, using a controversial Russian documentary.

Around Town
Will Russia Sanctions Be Extended This Month by the EU?

That’s the question we asked a set of Russia hands around town this week.

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Lobbying Congress
Russia’s Big Lie

A new Russian documentary about the Magnitsky case takes tried and true propaganda methods to a new level in its attempts to sway the U.S. government.

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Pavlensky vs. the State Terror
Burning Down the Lubyanka

A Russian performance artist, who set fire to the front door of the FSB’s offices, was found guilty and convicted to a half million ruble fine by a Moscow court this past week.

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On Putin's Guest List
Mr. Juncker Goes to Russia

The President of the European Commission is off to meet Vladimir Putin at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum—a sign of how tepid Europe’s support for extending sanctions against really is.

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A Friend in Need...
The ‘Emperor’ Has No Clothes

Construction on the Kerch straits bridge, meant to connect Crimea to mainland Russia, has been halted. Putin’s close friend needs some more money.

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Fighting Fraud
Russia’s Election Commission Gets Its Guns

The new head of Russia’s Central Election Commission announced the formation of a task force comprising several branches of the security services to prevent election rigging. Just whom they will actually be fighting remains an open question.

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The Siloviki Shuffle
Putin Cuts Legs Out from Under Medvedev

Another week, another reshuffling of the deck: Having already coopted his sources of financial support, Vladimir Putin starts to cull Medvedev’s siloviki support network, just to make sure his likely successor is as weak as possible.

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Russia Fights Itself
The Kremlin Comes Around. A Little.

Putin defended his import ban on European foods as necessary for “protecting national interests”. Now, even as he struggles to loosen Western sanctions, he is introducing wider and wider loopholes in his retaliatory measure.

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China Steps In To Help... Itself
Beijing to Take a Bite Out of Rosneft?

China is ready to invest in a major Russian oil firm—but only if one significant pre-condition is met.

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