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FEATURED OPINION: Western Media & War on Truth in Ukraine with Deception at the Heart of all Warfare

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#AceNewsDesk – OPINION: Who is winning the war in Ukraine depends on who is doing the talking: Predictably, Russia says that it is winning as planned, while the United States says Ukraine is pulling a surprise win, thanks to its steadfast resistance and Western support according to Al Jazeera by

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to the media
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks to the media as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, in Bucha, outside Kyiv, Ukraine, April 4, 2022 [Marko Djurica/Reuters]

On the face of it, authoritarian Russia cannot be trusted with the facts, let alone the truth about the war, while the liberal West inspires greater credibility as it allows for a free and independent inquiry. But in reality, as Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu said, “all warfare is based on deception”. Neither side could or should be trusted to reduce the fog of war, because both are fully engaged in psychological warfare, which is key to winning the overall war in Ukraine.

In fact, both sides are propagating their own selective facts and myths, while censoring counterclaims, as each needs to maintain an appearance of progress in order to justify big sacrifices in blood or treasure. And both sides need to up the ante in order to harden public resolve behind their goals, which thus far have excluded any serious effort towards a diplomatic solution.

Russia hopes to degrade the morale of the Ukrainian resistance and deflate European support for a war that cannot be won, while the US wants to shore up Ukrainian and European enthusiasm for a winnable war, even if privately, US officials doubt Ukraine could recover all its occupied territories.

While the Russian media has little or no choice but to parrot the official line, Western media has a choice but chooses to trust NATO and Pentagon briefs and reports, regardless of their intentions. Take for example the declaration of an anonymous (why anonymous?) senior Pentagon official that: “Russia has committed nearly 85 percent of its military to the war in Ukraine” and “has removed military coverage from other areas on their border and around the world”; Russia “still has not figured out how to use combined arms effectively”; Russia is “taking hundreds of casualties a day”. Among Russia’s military fatalities have been “thousands” of lieutenants and captains, “hundreds” of colonels, and “many” generals.

Now I have no clue if any of this or other such claims are true, and nor I suspect do the officials propagating it or the journalists spreading it. But it is out there, shaping the opinions of the public, the elites and the experts, most of who believe Ukraine is able to pull off some sort of an upset if not an outright victory against its largely more powerful neighbour. But the Western and especially Anglo-American media seems to suffer from short, or should I say selective memory when it takes the official line at face value, as if the official deception during yesterday’s wars in Afghanistan, Iraq or Vietnam, has no bearing on covering today’s war in Ukraine.

In 2019, the Washington Post newspaper revealed that senior US officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable. In other words, they lied. But media outlets, think-tanks and influential pundits continued to rely on these “officials”; even after it was revealed that they have also lied about another war – the Iraq war, which was also fought on false pretence and fabricated evidence.

Official deception was even worse during the Cold War. For example, the “Pentagon Papers” published about half a century ago revealed that the US government was guilty of an enormous cover-up regarding the terrible losses in the Vietnam war, which led to some 55,000 American and more than a million Vietnamese deaths. Any expectation that US media and the public’s trust in the government’s take on wars was “forever diminished”, turned out to be premature, as official lies about the “dirty wars” in Asia and Central America continued to be widely reported as facts.

Even today, as US Special Operation Command covertly deploys special forces across Africa to fight “shadow wars”, it blatantly preaches “free and transparent press”. One does not know whether to laugh or cry.

So it is no surprise that governments, whether autocracies or democracies, lie about wars for tactical or strategic reasons. In fact, there is a fancy name for it – stratagem, which means to deliberately send untrue signals to unsettle the enemy while reassuring one’s own side.

What is shocking is how the “free press” in the “free world”, which to its credit has helped reveal much of the official deception in the past as in the “Pentagon Papers” and the “Afghan Papers”, is adamant about echoing and amplifying the official line as if it were complicit in the war.

Watching journalists and pundits in respected American and British journals exhaust the synonyms of fascist, evil and dangerous to describe Russia’s Putin, with little or no attempt at balance or objectivity, one is inclined to believe that Western media has largely been enlisted in NATO’s crusade against Putin’s Russia until victory. But what does “victory” entail here: liberating all of Ukraine? Or weakening Russia to the extent it no longer threatens other European countries?

The difference cannot be overstated, because NATO’s ultimate objective is to defeat Russia and deter China from following in its footsteps, regardless of the price for Ukraine. That is why both sides seem adamant to continue the fight regardless of the cost. Russia hopes time will force a weakened Ukraine and a wobbly Europe to blink first and eventually back down. And the US is keen on Ukrainians fighting on regardless of whether a “victory” is achievable, as long as the war exhausts the Russian military and weakens its economy. It is betting that Putin’s Russia will crack in Ukraine just as the Soviet Union imploded after a decade-long war against the US-supported armed uprising in Afghanistan. But then again, Ukraine is no Afghanistan; not in any relevant way, and Russia does not view it as a disposable geopolitical asset.

So even if Ukraine has in fact managed a surprise upset against the invading Russian forces and forced Moscow into an unexpected war of attrition, it remains far from certain that it could maintain its counter-offensive for another six months, let alone another six years.

The ongoing battle for Kherson may provide a clearer signal about where things are heading. But as long as Western military support remains robust but defensive in nature so as not to risk a nuclear confrontation with Russia, expect the destructive war of attrition to continue in the medium run, or reach a tense stalemate at best, not any form of a decisive victory for either side.

Did someone say diplomacy…?!

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BREAKING AUSTRALIA UKRAINE & RUSSIA WAR: Albanese & Zelensky Meet in Kyiv

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#AceBreakingNews – Albanese promises Zelensky new $100m aid package during Kyiv meeting

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UpdatedLondon: Anthony Albanese has pledged $100 million more to Ukraine’s war effort after meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky face-to-face in a historic first trip by an Australian prime minister to the war-torn country, boosting Australia’s aid efforts higher than that of some European allies.Albanese, completing a week-long trip to Europe to attend a NATO summit in Madrid, made a surprise visit to the Ukrainian leader at Kyiv’s Presidential Palace, announcing Australia would gift the nation 14 more armoured personnel carriers, 20 more Bushmaster vehicles and drones in a new assistance package.Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at a press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at a press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.APnoneThe additional $100 million of military support brings Australia’s total spending to almost $390 million – more than any other non-NATO country and more than some 30 nations in that grouping.On his way home to Australia after returning from Kyiv via a 12-hour train journey back to Poland, Albanese praised the Ukrainian leader’s “bravery and leadership emblematic of his people” in the face of Russia’s invasion.Albanese and Zelensky discussed the Russian sea blockade of Ukrainian grain and its “devastating impact” on food supplies and global inflation, Albanese said in a statement released after the visit.“President Zelensky is an inspirational leader who I was honoured to meet,” he said. “The Ukrainian people are demonstrating enormous courage and resilience in the face of brutal attacks.”Standing beside Zelensky on Sunday evening AEST, Albanese said his visit to the once besieged capital was a demonstration of “the solidarity that exists” between the Australian and Ukrainian people.Albanese told his counterpart that Australia would continue to support the government and the people of Ukraine for “as long as it takes” for it to emerge victorious in defence of its sovereignty and homeland.Zelensky welcomed the assistance but declared: “It is never enough when you have such an adversary. Enough is when we have some kind of advantage, to push them out of our territory.”Zelensky said he had suggested to Albanese that Australia “join the postwar rebuilding process of Ukraine”, which is set to cost trillions of dollars.“I am grateful for [Australia’s] decision to join the process. It is important for us, it is important for the whole world,” he said.Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese looks at apartment buildings and vehicles damaged by Russian shelling in Irpin.Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese looks at apartment buildings and vehicles damaged by Russian shelling in Irpin.APnoneMissing from the announcement was Ukraine’s request for more M777 howitzers, or superseded artillery pieces along with 155mm howitzer ammunition.Albanese did not announce the reopening of the Australian embassy in Kyiv, as expected, instead he said he was waiting on additional security advice. Britain, the United States, France and Canada all reopened their much larger missions in April and May.The visit, which was supposed to be top secret, was announced by the Ukrainian government and foreign media based in Kyiv. A 36-hour media blackout had been imposed on Australian reporters travelling with Albanese to Kyiv, while the remainder of the travelling pack were instructed by his office not to report the trip until he had reached Poland because of security concerns.Prime Minister Anthony Albanese visits war-torn Irpin.Prime Minister Anthony Albanese visits war-torn Irpin.APnoneFollowing a two-hour meeting between the pair, Albanese announced the government would also provide further support to Ukraine’s border guard service to upgrade its border management equipment, improve cybersecurity and enhance field operations.Tariffs will also be removed on all Ukrainian imports to Australia, while the government will support Ukraine’s International Court of Justice case against Russia.Albanese said he would further impose targeted financial sanctions and travel bans on 16 additional Russian ministers and oligarchs, and ban imports of Russian gold to reduce Russia’s ability to fund its war, joining with partners including Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.Albanese said the “amoral” invasion of Ukraine by Russia was unprovoked and was against international law and the UN charter.He said he’d seen first-hand on his tour of Bucha, Irpin, and Hostomel that residential buildings and homes had been the subject of brutal assault.“Clearly, civilian areas have been targeted by the Russian forces as part of this illegal and amoral war,” he said.Albanese said Australia would help to get Ukraine’s grain “out to the world”, declaring the Russian-led blockade on its ports as another attack on “the human rights of the world” and those historically fed on Ukrainian grain.Sources familiar with the conversation said the pair discussed the November G20 summit in Indonesia, which could be attended by Putin, if only virtually.The country’s President Joko Widodo has resisted suggestions by the US and other nations that they could boycott the event if the Russian president attends.Zelensky, who was personally invited to attend the summit by Widodo on his recent trip to Kyiv, said he was “not sure there will be a great number of participants if [Russia] … decides to attend”.He said he “cannot imagine myself arriving” at the Indonesian-hosted summit if the war with Russia was still continuing.Albanese said that Australia would attend the summit, even if Putin did, because of Australia’s relationship with Indonesia.But he said Australia supported “isolating Russia as much as possible, and my presence here is an indication of that”.“If it is the case that Mr Putin attends that meeting, and I’m not sure whether he will or not, he will get the reception he deserves.”

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The Real Russia. Today. Russia releases paramedic Yulia ‘Taira’ Paevska, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin tries to keep the war from his city, and Estonia says NATO’s defense plan would leave the Baltics in ruins: Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2022

In today’s newsletter:

  • Latest news
  • The Kremlin’s fans struggle to process the release of captured Ukrainian paramedic Yulia “Taira” Paevska
  • The increasingly challenging work of promoting women’s rights in Chechnya
  • Why Moscow’s mayor wants to keep his city and himself out of the war
  • “Borjomi for Borjomanians!”

Major recent events

  • 💰 Money for both sides: Russian YouTuber Evgeny Bazhenov (better known as BadComedian) announced on Wednesday that he’s donated his latest monetization proceeds to civilians “on both sides” of the conflict in Ukraine (noncombatants in the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, as well as in Ukrainian-controlled Ukraine), adding that he refuses to divide civilians into “right and wrong.”
  • 🔍 The death of Maks Levin: Reporters Without Borders says it has evidence that Russian soldiers executed journalist Maks Levin in a forest near Kyiv on March 13. “The evidence against the Russian forces is overwhelming,” the NGO said in a summary (though the report itself says “hypothesis number one” is that Russian soldiers shot Levin after mistaking him for a Ukrainian soldier due to his blue armband, before firing two more bullets into his head when he was on the ground, possibly after he’d already died).
  • ⚖️ Nacke’s arrest stands: In a hearing closed to the public, a Moscow court rejected journalist and blogger Michael Nacke’s attempt to challenge his arrest (in absentia) in the felony case against him for spreading “disinformation” about Russia’s military. (Nacke now lives abroad.) The judge ruled that Nacke’s “arrest” is necessary to “ensure heightened security measures and prevent the disclosure of information about the case’s defendant.”
  • 🛡️ Tense times for the Baltic states: Estonia’s Defense Ministry has accused Russia of holding training exercises that include simulations of missile strikes against targets inside Estonia. Tallinn also says Russian helicopters have violated Estonian airspace repeatedly throughout June, ahead of next week’s NATO summit in Madrid. Also on Wednesday, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas told reporters that NATO’s existing defense plans for a Russian invasion of the three Baltic states is to “allow them to be overrun” before liberating them after 180 days.
  • 🏖️ Tomorrow’s holiday getaway: Russia’s invasion has reduced Mariupol’s Azovstal iron and steel works to rubble (like much of the city), but Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin says the factory’s old grounds will enjoy a second life as an “industrial park or a recreation area.” He claims the city’s population will rebound to 500,000 by 2035.
  • 💱 Russia’s default, probably-maybe-definitely: Vladimir Putin signed an executive order on Wednesday that allows Russia to use rubles to pay its foreign-currency-denominated sovereign debt. The government has 10 days to choose the banks for this new payment scheme, which the West is sure to reject, prompting declarations that Russia is in default.
  • 🛂 Held up at the Finnish border: Filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (the director of movies like “Russian Ark” and “Faust”) says he was barred from leaving Russia to attend a conference in Milan. Border guards apparently claimed to be enforcing pandemic-related restrictions on exiting the country through ground checkpoints. (Sokurov was trying to reach a flight that departed from Helsinki.) Last December, the filmmaker seemingly enraged Vladimir Putin during a virtual meeting when he warned the president that the nation faces a constitutional crisis and suggested that Moscow should jettison certain regions of the country from the Russian Federation.

Feature stories

⛑️ Release of famous Ukrainian paramedic Yulia Paevska leaves pro-Kremlin blogosphere confused (6-min read)

On the evening of June 17, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that Ukrainian paramedic Yulia “Taira” Paevska had been released from Russian captivity. Paevska has long been hailed as a hero in Ukraine, known for saving hundreds of lives as a volunteer medic in the Donbas. At the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Paevska spent more than two weeks evacuating the wounded in besieged Mariupol (the harrowing footage from her body camera was later published by the Associated Press). After Russian troops captured Paevska on March 16, pro-Kremlin media began smearing her as a “Nazi” and accusing her of terrible crimes. As a result, news of Paevska’s release sent the rumor churning once again as pro-Kremlin bloggers wondered how it was even possible for Russia to let her go.

🛫 More women are trying to escape violence and persecution in Chechnya. But fleeing to Moscow is no longer enough to ensure their safety. (9-min read)

In 2017, thanks to an investigation by independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, the world learned about the repressions queer people face in the North Caucasus. Stories of torture and kidnappings appeared on the homepage of the New York Times, and Vladimir Putin had no choice but to comment. Soon, people began evacuating from Chechnya. The majority of evacuees in the first wave were men, but human rights advocates have since seen an increase in the number of requests from women, not all of them LGBT+. To learn more about the threats women face in Chechnya, Meduza spoke to two human rights advocates and two Chechen women who managed to escape.

🙈 In Russia’s capital, Mayor Sergey Sobyanin tries to distance himself — and his city — from the war against Ukraine (7-min read)

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has precious little to say about Russia’s war against Ukraine. Over the past four months of the full-scale invasion, he has hardly made any public statements about the progress and consequences of the so-called “special operation.” Meanwhile, his counterparts in other regions (like St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov, for example) have been toeing the line and parroting Kremlin propaganda narratives about “fighting Nazis” in Ukraine. As Meduza special correspondent Andrey Pertsev learned, Sobyanin has instead “buried himself” in work in the Russian capital and is deliberately trying to distance himself from the war. Here’s why.

🏭 When the Russian owner of a Georgian bottling plant came under sanctions, workers stopped getting paid. Now they’re fighting back. (7-min read)

A protest rally in Borjomi on June 16

Diana Shanava

In late April, the Georgian company IDS Borjomi, which sells mineral water under the brand name Borjomi, announced it was temporarily suspending operations at both of its bottling plants in Georgia due to financial difficulties resulting from the war in Ukraine. Oligarch Mikhail Fridman, owner of the Alfa Group, which owns a majority stake in the company, had come under sanctions. Now Alfa Group plans to donate its shares to Georgia — but this hasn’t helped the plants’ employees, who haven’t been paid in two months. Meduza takes a closer look at the town of Borjomi, where protests are ongoing.

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The Real Russia. Today. How Russia’s war against Ukraine continues to divide Putin’s elites: Published: Friday, June 17, 2022

How Russia’s war against Ukraine continues to divide Putin’s elites (7-min read)

Nearly four months into Moscow’s all-out war against Ukraine, Russian troops are making relative gains in the Donbas. By all appearances, however, the Kremlin has failed to realize the invasion’s original goals. And peace talks with Kyiv have ground to a halt. Meanwhile, back in Moscow, Russian elites have splintered into three camps — a “peace party,” a “war party,” and a “silent party” that somehow includes heavyweights like Moscow’s mayor and the prime minister. Meduza’s special correspondent Andrey Pertsev reports.

Alexey Sidnev spent 15 years working to improve elder care in Russia. Then an anti-war statement cost him his job. (7-min read)

Shortly after Russia launched its full-scale war in Ukraine, Alexey Sidnev, the founder of a network of geriatric centers called Senior Group, took a stand against it: he and a number of other NGO representatives wrote a letter to Vladimir Putin demanding he put a stop to the war. Two months later, Sidnev was fired from his own company. Sidnev is a pioneer of Russian social entrepreneurship; he’s been working since the mid-2000s to reinvent what it means to care for the elderly in Russia. Meduza special correspondent Sasha Sivtsova spoke with Sidnev about Senior Group’s mission, competition from the state, and how the war and pandemic have changed elder care in Russia.

After being saved from a Russian-bombed museum, Maria Prymachenko’s paintings caught the world’s attention — and not for the first time (8-min read)

Maria Prymachenko’s painting “A Dove Has Spread Her Wings and Asks for Peace”

Maria Prymachenko Family Foundation

On February 26, Russian troops shelled the village of Ivankiv in Ukraine’s Kyiv region, destroying a local museum that contained works by Ukrainian artist Maria Prymachenko. Local residents managed to save 12 paintings, and Prymachenko’s art was soon being admired all over the world; the paintings have gone for hundreds of thousands of dollars at art auctions and become a symbol of Ukraine’s fight for peace. Meduza tells the story of Maria Prymachenko and her bright, surreal artwork.

The assault has drawn comparisons to Azovstal, but this time could be different. (3-min read)

On June 15, Russian officials announced the opening of a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from the Azot chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk. The corridor led evacuees to the city of Svatove, which is on the territory of the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LNR). Russia’s Defense Ministry rejected Ukraine’s request to organize an evacuation route to Lysychansk, which is under Ukrainian control.

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The Real Russia. Today. Reporting from the regions while opposed to the war, Meta’s decline in Russia, and watching the invasion from prison: Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2022

In today’s newsletter:

  • Latest news
  • Russia’s regional journalists who oppose the war while working for the state
  • What Russia’s invasion looks like from Russian prison

Major recent events in Russia and Ukraine

  • 🪖 Forced to fight: Chechen anti-war bloggers and representatives of human rights organizations told the investigative outlet The Insider that since ethnic Chechens have largely been reluctant to enlist in the army and join the war in Ukraine, the authorities are coercing them with threats of torture, criminal charges, and familial shame.
  • 📉 Meta’s dwindling userbase in Russia: New data from Mediascope show that the ban on Meta has reduced Instagram’s daily user base in Russia from 39 million to 11.7 million. Meanwhile, Facebook’s audience has dropped from 6.7 million users to 1.9 million. Daily use of Telegram, however, has doubled to 40 million people since February 24 (when Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine).
  • 🎯 Gunning for Russia’s bridge to Crimea: Ukrainian General Dmytro Marchenko says destroying the Kerch bridge is one of Kyiv’s top priorities, as it would complicate Moscow’s ability to send reserve troops through Crimea. The bridge will be “Target Number One” for the military once Ukraine gets the necessary weapons, he told journalists on Wednesday.
  • 🎖️ Honor à la Putin: The Russian president awarded valor medals to soldiers in the same tank regiment that a Meduza investigation implicated in war crimes committed against civilians outside Kyiv in Bohdanivka.
  • 💰 Take one for the team, guys: Russia’s central bank has urgedcredit organizations to withhold dividend payments and bonuses from senior executives in order to ensure financial stability during the Russian economy’s “structural transformation.”
  • 🚧 Mighty-mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out: A new study found that the production of half of Russia’s construction materials (including bricks, tiles, porcelain, and more) is almost entirely dependent on equipment imported largely from the West.

⚙️ In Russia’s regions, journalists who oppose the war against Ukraine continue working for publications with state ties (11-min read)

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine prompted a wave of resignations from state-owned and pro-Kremlin media outlets (including TASS and RT). A few of those who resigned in protest also made public statements — like Channel One’s Marina Ovsyannikova and Lenta.ru editors Egor Polyakov and Alexandra Miroshnikova. But there is very little information about how the war has affected Russia’s regional media landscape, which is under even more active state control. That said, it’s already apparent that the repercussions for anti-war statements are more severe outside of Moscow, despite the fact that these cases draw far less attention. Together with the Novaya Vkladka project, Meduza sought out correspondents and editors from regional publications who oppose Russia’s war against Ukraine but continue to work for (or recently quit) media outlets with ties to the state.

🔭 Russian opposition figure Andrey Pivovarov on watching the war unfold from behind bars (9-min read)

In late May of last year, former Open Russia Executive Director Andrey Pivovarov was arrested and charged with “involvement in the activities of an undesirable organization” for a Facebook post that was shared in his name. Pivovarov had just boarded a plane from St. Petersburg to Warsaw when he was arrested; law enforcement delayed the plane’s departure and detained him right in Pulkovo airport. Since then, Pivovarov has been in a pre-trial detention center; the court has repeatedly extended his incarceration. He spent both the most recent State Duma election, which he ran in, and Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine behind bars. Meduza spoke to Pivovarov about what he thinks of the war, how the other inmates view it, and how it feels to spend a year in jail for a Facebook post.

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The Real Russia. Today. Russia’s battered pharmaceutical market, framing Sergey Kiriyenko, and sociologist Alexey Levinson explains the Kremlin’s commitment to the invasion: Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2022

In today’s newsletter:

  • Latest news
  • Why the Kremlin is so committed to the invasion
  • How the war has wrecked Russia’s pharmaceuticals
  • Domestic policy czar Sergey Kiriyenko’s strange speech
  • Framing a Crimean nurse for bomb posession
  • Nemtsov’s daughter explains how Zelensky won the Boris Nemtsov Prize
  • Putin and several loud crickets to attend this year’s SPIEF

Major recent events in Russia and Ukraine

  • 🛡️ It’s not enough help: Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar told journalists on Tuesday that Kyiv has received only 10 percent of the foreign military assistance it’s requested. “Without the help of Western partners, we will not be able to win this war,” she warned, urging faster deliveries of advanced weapons. On June 13, presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak stated that Ukraine needed a thousand 155mm howitzers, 300 multiple-launch rocket systems, 500 tanks, 2,000 armored vehicles, and 1,000 drones to end the war.
  • 🧑‍🚀 The liberal vs. the starchild: While meeting with Putin on Tuesday, Audit Chamber head Alexey Kudrin described the development of Russia’s space program as “flawed,” provoking criticism from the outspoken director of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin. “First and foremost, the head of the Audit Chamber should be a highly qualified and objective specialist, not a professional liberal in a senior government position,” Rogozin wrote on his Telegram channel. (Kudrin had nice things to say about Russia’s agriculture, transport system, and nuclear engineering.)
  • ⛓️ Navalny’s new home: Alexey Navalny has been transferred to a maximum-security prison in the town of Melekhovo outside Vladimir. In late March, a judge added nine years to his imprisonment after convicting him of fraud and contempt of court. In early May, Navalny said inmates in Melekhovo witnessed preparations for a “prison within the prison” built specially for him.
  • 🚫 Russia bars entry for more journalists and specialists: Russia’s Foreign Ministry added another 49 British nationals to its ever-growing list of foreigners banned from entering Russia. The latest sanctions target journalists supposedly “involved in the deliberate dissemination of false and one-sided information” about Russia and the invasion of Ukraine, and “representatives of the British defense sector” who are allegedly involved in facilitating the supply of weapons to Ukraine.

🧠 Sociologist Alexey Levinson outlines the thinking behind Russia’s war in Ukraine (8-min read)

In early June, the independent polling agency the Levada Center published survey data showing that three quarters of Russians believe the “special military operation” in Ukraine is “progressing successfully.” Almost 25 percent expect a Russian victory in “less than six months,” while about 20 percent expect it to come in about a year, and another 20 percent expect victory in over a year. In the 20 years that the Levada Center has been operating, experience has shown that there’s often a wide gulf between the expectations of the Russian public and the worldviews of those who lead the organization. In this essay for Meduza’s “Ideas” section, Alexey Levinson, the Levada Center’s social research director, lays out his view of what Russia is hoping to achieve with this war.

💊 Despite foreign companies continuing to supply drugs to Russian patients, the war is wreaking havoc on the country’s pharmaceutical market (6-min read)

For years, Russian patients have been suffering from a medication shortage. After the country invaded Ukraine in February, the situation only got worse as drug prices rose. At first, this was due to a surge in demand, and drugs that initially disappeared began to return to the shelves. But despite the authorities’ attempts not to allow essential drugs to run out, problems remain. Their sources include a supply chain broken by sanctions, the departure of raw materials necessary for production from the market, and many Western companies’ refusal to conduct clinical trials in Russia. And the things still aren’t looking up: the future likely holds more supply chain disruptions, a drop in quality, rising prices, and a market closed to new drugs. Meduza explains what’s going on with Russia’s healthcare industry.

🗡️ Someone published a speech attributed to Putin’s ‘domestic policy czar,’ but was it to smear him or to test his vision for eastern Ukraine? (4-min read)

On June 12, when Russians celebrated “Russia Day,” the pro-government newspaper Izvestia published an article signed by Sergey Kiriyenko, Vladimir Putin’s first deputy chief of staff and domestic policy czar. The text, titled “Sergey Kiriyenko’s Message on Russia Day,” said that “all Russia will rebuild the Donbas, which has been destroyed by the fascists” at the expense of trillions of taxpayers’ rubles, “even at the cost of a temporary decline in the nation’s living standards.” The article quickly disappeared, and the newspaper later attributed the text itself to hackers. Multiple sources told Meduza special correspondent Andrey Pertsev that they believe Kiriyenko’s rivals at home (including opponents of the invasion of Ukraine) could be responsible for hacking Izvestia (though some wonder if he didn’t engineer the incident himself to speak publicly with plausible deniability).

⚖️ The dubious charges against Crimean nurse, human rights advocate, and citizen reporter Irina Danilovich (7-min read)

In late April, Irina Danilovich, a nurse from Crimea, was kidnapped by four men wearing civilian clothing and balaclavas. After two weeks of searching, her friends and lawyers managed to learn she was being held in a pre-trial detention center in Simferopol on charges of illegally storing explosives. Irina herself has denied the charges and says the case is fabricated; the Russian Justice Ministry says she’s a “foreign agent.” She’s currently still in custody.

🏆 Zhanna Nemtsova on the degradation of freedoms in Russia and awarding Zelensky the Boris Nemtsov Prize (11-min read)

On June 12, the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom awarded its annual prize to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. All of the award’s past recipients have been Russian opposition politicians and activists. In 2021, for example, it was awarded to Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny shortly after the Russian authorities imprisoned him. To find out more about the decision to honor Zelensky, and how Russia’s war against Ukraine has impacted the Nemtsov Foundation’s work, Meduza sat down with the foundation’s co-founder, Zhanna Nemtsova.

🦗 World leaders and business titans set to skip Putin’s annual economic forum in Saint Petersburg (3-min read)

The 25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is set to kick off tomorrow, June 15. Its official topic? “New Opportunities in a New World.” The SPIEF, which has taken place under the auspices of the Russian president since 2006, is traditionally attended by business heavyweights and high-ranking officials from around the world. But against the backdrop of the Kremlin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the ensuing standoff between Russia and the West, and most international companies pulling out of Russia, the once prestigious event has become, to quote Bloomberg, “radioactive.”

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The Real Russia. Today. The end of Kyiv’s friendship monument, Putin’s domestic policy czar is tarnished in media hack, and a mayor in the Donbas changes sides: Published Monday, June 13, 2022

In today’s newsletter:

  • Latest news
  • The end of Kyiv’s Soviet monument to friendship with Russia
  • Ilya Yashin’s strange resilience
  • Revoking a climate activist’s Russian citizenship
  • The felony case against an antiwar former priest

Major recent events in Russia and Ukraine

  • 🎨 Chilling street art: Yekaterinburg’s eerie new artwork: Street artist Timofey Radya has published a video and photos of his newest installation: the words “Live in the past!” in large block letters on top of the roofs of two apartment buildings on Kosmonavtov Prospekt in Yekaterinburg.
  • 🕯️ Another mass grave outside Bucha: Officials outside Kyiv near Bucha reported the discovery of a new mass grave containing the bodies of seven civilians. Many had their hands bound and had suffered gunshots through their knees. Officers said there were signs that the victims had been tortured before they were shot in the head. Ihor Klymenko, the chief of Ukraine’s National Police, says his agency in investigating the deaths of more than 12,000 civilians killed during Russia’s invasion. In the area surrounding Kyiv, which Russian troops occupied in March, at least 1,500 civilians were killed.
  • 👾 A newspaper ‘hack’ raises political questions: On Monday, the pro-government newspaper Izvestia briefly published a story about an article allegedly written by Sergey Kiriyenko, President Putin’s domestic policy czar, declaring that the Donbas would be rebuilt even at the expense of Russians’ living standards. Izvestia later said the report was the work of hackers (the newspaper also denied that Kiriyenko ever made the remarks in question). Analysts like Dmitry Kolezev and Tatiana Stanovaya speculated that Kiriyenko’s rivals within Russia could be trying to turn the president’s paranoia against his first deputy chief of staff.
  • 🪖 Calling in reinforcements: Amid a rising number of reports in the Russian state media about the Ukrainian military shelling the city of Donetsk (including claims on Monday that artillery fire hit a maternity ward), the head of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, declared the need for “additional allied forces” from Russia to defend the territory.
  • 🤝 The mayor who changed sides: After accusing the Ukrainian military of setting fire to one of the buildings at the Sviatohirsk Cave Monastery, the Ukrainian mayor of Sviatohirsk, Vladimir Bandura, officially crossed over to the side of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” on Monday. After meeting personally with DNR head Denis Pushilin, he was formally reinstated as Sviatohirsk’s DNR “city administrator.” Kyiv promptly charged Bandura with treason.
  • 👮 A law-and-order shuffle: Officers in Russia’s Rostov region are reportedly being sent “on assignment” to police the streets of cities in the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republicans (where the local militia are all gone to fight on the frontlines against Ukrainian troops), according to 161.ru.
  • 🚢 America’s push for more Russian goods: The U.S. government is “quietly encouraging agricultural and shipping companies to buy and carry more Russian fertilizer,” people familiar with the efforts told Bloomberg, citing fears about spiraling global food costs. According to Bloomberg, overcautious shippers, banks, and insurers have avoided Russian fertilizers, fearing sanctions violations, even though Washington has built food-related exemptions into its sanction. “U.S. officials, surprised by the extent of the caution, are in the seemingly paradoxical position of looking for ways to boost them.”
  • 🛢️ Russia’s new friends in the oil biz: Russia became India’s second biggest supplier of oil in May, outpacing Saudi Arabia (but not Iraq), reported Reuters. Supplies from Russia accounted for about 16.5 percent of India’s overall oil imports in May, helping to reduce India’s imports from the Middle East to about 59.5 percent.
  • 🚰 Meet Borjomi’s new boss: The Georgian government has obtained a 7.73-percent stake in Borjomi, one of the nation’s largest mineral water producers, “free of charge.” Operations at the company’s plants have been suspended since late April due to Western sanctions against Mikhail Fridman, the cofounder of Alfa Bank, which owned a majority stake in Borjomi International. Last week, hundreds of workers went on strike to protest recent layoffs.

🕊️ The long road to dismantling Kyiv’s Soviet monument to friendship with Russia (8-min read)

At the end of April, the city of Kyiv dismantled a Soviet-era statue that was meant to symbolize friendship between Russia and Ukraine. The sculpture was part of a complex in the city center that includes the Peoples’ Friendship Arch — a massive rainbow-shaped structure that was recently renamed the Arch of Freedom of the Ukrainian people. Writing for Meduza, architectural journalist Asya Zolnikova digs into this monument’s controversial history — and future.

⚖️ Opposition politician Ilya Yashin is still in Russia and still speaking out. So far, he’s stayed out of prison. (7-min read)

Russia has effectively been under martial law for three months now. Anti-war protests are illegal, independent media outlets have been blocked, and anyone who spreads “fake news” about the Russian army (such as reports of war crimes) can face up to 15 years in prison. Naturally, a huge number of journalists, activists, and opposition politicians have left the country. Ilya Yashin is a rare figure: he’s chosen to stay in Russia, but he also openly refers to the war as a war (which violates Russian law). Four administrative offense reports have been filed against him as a result. Meduza special correspondent Svetlana Reiter spoke with Yashin about what’s changed in Moscow since February 24 — and why he’s chosen to stay in Russia.

🛂 The Russian authorities are threatening to revoke the citizenship of the country’s most prominent climate activist (8-min read)

Arshak Makichyan is a Russian climate activist and Greta Thunberg ally. On the day the war began, Makichyan was getting married to fellow activist Polina Oleinikova; their wedding turned into a public statement against the war (Makichyan’s shirt had the words “Fuck the War” written on it) and the couple later left Russia. In May, Makichyan learned that the Russian authorities wanted to revoke his citizenship. He’s currently in Europe, where he continues to fight for a more sustainable planet and for Ukrainian sovereignty — but with a visa expiration date looming, his future is uncertain.

☦️ St. Petersburg priest faces criminal charges for condemning Russia’s war against Ukraine (3-min read)

Former priest and Doctor of Theology Ioann Kurmoyarov has been jailed for two months pending trial on felony charges of spreading “false information” about the Russian military. St. Petersburg’s Kalininsky District Court remanded Kurmoyarov in custody on Saturday, June 11. According to the rights group OVD-Info, the criminal case against Kurmoyarov was launched over a video posted on YouTube, in which he condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and maintains that according to Christian dogma, those who unleashed the war will go to hell.

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The Real Russia. Today. 100 days of Russia’s all-out war, how sanctions reshape the world, and the first ‘fake news’ conviction: Published: Friday, June 3, 2022

In today’s newsletter:

  • The latest news
  • Military expert Mykhailo Samus on 100 days of Russia’s all-out war
  • New podcast episode: How sanctions against Russia reshape the world
  • Europe’s watered-down oil embargo, explained
  • Meduza meets the first man convicted of spreading “fake news” about Russia’s war

Major recent events in Russia and Ukraine

  • 🏴‍☠️ Mariupol cargo arrives in Russia: The first cargo ship from Mariupol has arrived in Rostov-on-Don, where ports have been reopened, according to Interfax. The ship, which reportedly brought 2,700 metric tons of metal from the Ukrainian port city, is the first to depart from Mariupol since Russia invaded the city.
  • 🎁 A longtime Russian journalist gets a new home: Russian-born journalist Alexander Nevzorov and his wife, Lidia, have become Ukrainian citizens. According to Anton Herashchenko, advisor to the head of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an order granting them citizenship “for their outstanding service to the country.” In March, a criminal case was opened against Nevzorov in Russia after he shared photos of civilian victims of Russian shelling in Mariupol.
  • 🆘 Between a rock and a hard place: Chinese President Xi Jinping has instructed his advisors to find ways to help Russia without violating Western sanctions, according to the Washington Post. Russia has reportedly asked China for financial and technological help multiple times since the war began, and China, trying to manage contradictory goals, has responded by showing diplomatic support and conducting joint military exercises with Russia (but officially remaining neutral).
  • 🪖 Closing in on Luhansk: The British Defense Ministry predicts that Russia will take complete control of the Luhansk region in the next two weeks. Russian troops have already captured over 90 percent of the region’s territory.
  • 🌾 Strange bedfellows: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and UN General Secretary António Guterres spoke on the phone about the “issue of grain exports from Ukrainian territory.” According to the Telegram channel Pul Pervogo, Lukashenko said Belarus is prepared to transport Ukrainian grain to Baltic ports over its own territory. In return, Lukashenko would require access to Baltic ports for Belarusian products.
  • 📺 Trouble in Krasnoyarsk: Vadim Vostrov, the executive producer for the TV network TVK Krasnoyarsk, has been fined 40,000 rubles ($431) for quoting an article from Meduza on his Telegram channel. The article, which was written by journalist Shura Burtin, was an investigation of why Russians support the war in Ukraine. Vostrov was charged with “discrediting” the Russian army.
  • 🖥️ Yandex founder resigns: Yandex announced that founder Arkady Volozh will resign as the Internet giant’s general director after he was sanctioned by the EU as part of its sixth package of restrictions against Russia. He will also resign from his leadership positions at all of Yandex’s subsidiaries. Yandex’s share price fell over 10 percent in the wake of the news.
  • 🇪🇺 Europe’s blacklist grows: In addition to Arkady Volozh, the EU’s latest sanctions list included over 60 individuals, including Russian censorship agency head Andrey Lipov, National Media Group chairwoman (and Putin’s alleged mistress) Alina Kabaeva, and Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov’s daughter, Elizaveta Peskova, as well as his wife, Tatyana Navka. The list also included 18 companies.

🛡️Military expert Mykhailo Samus reflects on 100 days of Russia’s war in Ukraine (17.5-min read)

June 3 marks the hundredth day of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Meduza’s sources say that the Kremlin is trying to play down this fact, but Russian officials continue to assure that everything is going to plan. After three months of intense fighting, Russian forces have managed to occupy large swaths of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions in southern Ukraine, but were driven out of the Kyiv region. In mid-April, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that the “second stage” of the invasion was underway. This bloody “battle for the Donbas” remains ongoing.

Throughout the invasion, the Ukrainian army has not only defended the country, but also launched counter offensives. For insight into what these 100 days of all-out war have meant for Ukraine and its armed forces, Meduza turned to military expert Mykhailo Samus from the Kyiv-based Center for Army, Conversion, and Disarmament Studies (CACDS).

🎧 The Naked Pravda: How sanctions against Russia reshape the world (27-min listen)

To discuss major developments in the sanctions campaign against Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, The Naked Pravda welcomed back Dr. Maria Shagina, a political risk analyst and sanctions expert who works as a Diamond-Brown Research Fellow for Economic Sanctions, Standards, and Strategy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

🛢️Europe is giving up 90 percent of its Russian oil imports. Will Russia’s economy survive? (11-min read)

On May 31, after a month and a half of negotiations, the EU announced its decision to impose a partial embargo on Russian oil. The embargo’s main purpose, the bloc said, is to cut off “a huge source of financing for [Russia’s] war machine.” In response to the announcement, global oil prices continued to rise. Oil prices have gone up 58 percent since the beginning of the year. And in the four days leading up to the EU’s decision alone, oil prices rose more than seven percent. How does this bode for Russia’s economy and for Europe? Meduza explains.

  • Questions asked and answered: What happened? Will European countries stop buying Russian oil? How much oil was Europe importing from Russia? Will Russia really suffer due to the embargo? Does Russia depend more on gas or on oil? How much will Russia ultimately lose? Shouldn’t higher oil prices compensate for Russia’s losses? Will Russia be able to redirect its oil supply to Asia? Is there any way for Russia to work around the embargo? Will Europe suffer due to the embargo? What about Russian gas? Is it possible that the embargo will force Russia to end the war?

⚖️ The story of Pyotr Mylnikov, the first Russian convicted of sharing ‘fake news’ about the war (9-min read)

Pyotr Mylnikov, a business owner from the village of Olovyannaya in Russia’s Zabaykalsky Krai, has become the first person to be convicted under the new law banning “fake news” about the war in Ukraine. The charges were brought after Mylnikov shared two posts on Viber (in a group chat called “We live in ruins”) about the progress of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. On May 31, a court found him guilty and imposed a fine of one million rubles ($​​16,148). Meduza spoke to Mylnikov about the content of his posts, how he was treated during his arrest, and why he decided to plead guilty.

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#AceBreakingNews – The multinational hotel chain Marriott is suspending all operations in Russia due to Ukraine-related sanctions, the company said in a press-release published on its website on Friday.“

We have come to the view that newly announced US, UK, and EU restrictions will make it impossible for Marriott to continue to operate or franchise hotels in the Russian market. We have therefore made the decision to suspend all Marriott International operations in Russia,” the press-release stated.

The company says it expects the process to be complex, as Marriott has been working in Russia for 25 years, and operates 28 hotels in the country.Marriott says it will continue to support Russia-based associates, “including securing employment with Marriott outside of countries directly affected by the conflict.”Marriott first announced in mid-March that it would be closing corporate offices in Moscow and would put new openings, future development activity, and investment in Russia on hold.

A similar announcement was made by Hilton, while many other international companies have suspended operations in Russia or quit entirely under sanctions pressure. These include McDonalds, Starbucks, major clothing brands such as Zara and H&M, various banks, and tech and energy companies: RT – Daily news https://bit.ly/3xdp5OK

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The Real Russia. Today. Russia starts blocking VPNs, the Kremlin skirts the war’s 100th day, and an interview with economist Andrei Yakovlev: Published Thursday, June 2, 2022

In today’s newsletter:

  • The latest news
  • How to access VPNs blocked in Russia
  • The Kremlin tries not to draw attention to the war’s 100th day
  • A Russian soldier fighting to pay for surgery dies in Ukraine
  • The rise and fall of Moscow’s GES-2 arts center
  • Economist Andrei Yakovlev on Russia’s ruling coalition and more

Major recent events in Russia and Ukraine

  • 🇪🇺 EU sanctions, part six: The EU has agreed on a final version of its sixth sanctions package against Russia. In addition to a ban on sea-shipped oil, sanctions will remove Sberbank from the SWIFT banking platform. At Hungary’s request, the list of newly sanctioned individuals will not include Russian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Kirill. The sanctions are set to come into effect tomorrow (June 3).
  • 🌾 Not theirs to take: Volodymyr Saldo, the head of Russia’s occupation government in Ukraine’s Kherson region, said that the majority of this year’s harvest from Kherson’s farmers will be sent to Russia. Meanwhile, the head of Russia’s occupation government in the Zaporizhzhia region issued a decree on the nationalization of Ukrainian property, RIA Novosti reported.
  • 💰 Turkey and Lithuania pitch in: Turkey announced it will donate a Bayraktar TB2 drone to the Ukrainian military, allowing the over five million euros gathered by Lithuanian citizens for the weapon to be used for humanitarian aid. The Lithuanian Defense Ministry tweeted that it would “ensure that this combat drone is fully armed prior to its transfer to Ukraine.”
  • 🌐 Don’t tell them they can edit it themselves: Russia’s censorship agency Roskomnadzor demanded that Wikipedia delete two articles about events in the war in Ukraine: “Battle of Kharkiv (2022)” and “The use of phosphorous bombs during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.” According to Roskomnadzor, the articles contain “inaccurate information about civilian casualties and attacks on civilian targets,” as well as false information about the death of Russian soldiers. The agency gave Wikipedia one day to delete the articles.
  • 🇩🇪 Merkel speaks out: Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel commented on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for the first time. Merkel called the events a “barbaric war” that must be brought to an end as soon as possible. She said she stands in solidarity with Ukraine and supports Ukrainians’ right to defend their country.
  • 🚨 A fifth of Ukraine occupied: Addressing Luxembourg’s Parliament, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia has occupied about 20 percent of Ukraine’s territory. “Almost 125,000 square kilometers [ 48,000 square miles]. That’s significantly more than the territory of all of the Benelux countries put together,” said Zelensky.

🔓 Meduza’s brief guide to accessing VPNs blocked by the Russian authorities (2-minute read) 

On Tuesday, Russia’s censorship agency confirmed that it is working to block VPN services that allegedly “violate Russian law.” Given the high degree of Internet censorship in Russia today, many people rely on VPNs (virtual private networks) to circumvent online blocks. As of this writing, users in Russia already report problems accessing several services, including ProtonVPN, Lantern, and Outline VPN. If you’re experiencing problems with your VPN in Russia right now, Meduza explains what you can do about it here.

📺 Meduza sources say the Kremlin told state media ‘not to focus attention’ on the war’s 100th day (5-minute read)

Tomorrow, June 3, will mark 100 days since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. On the eve of this milestone, sources tell Meduza that Putin’s administration has “asked” state-controlled and pro-Kremlin media outlets “not to focus attention” on the duration of the “special military operation.” Meduza’s sources say this is an attempt to elide the fact that Russian troops haven’t been able to make significant gains after more than three months of war.

🪦 A Russian man with a facial birth defect joined the military to pay for plastic surgery. He died in Ukraine. (2.5-minute read)

Anton Fedoseyev, a 21-year-old from Russia’s Leningrad region, died after coming under artillery fire in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region in May 2022. Fedoseyev was born with a birth defect that affected his face and had long dreamed of getting plastic surgery. He signed a contract with the army to earn money to pay for the operation. He spoke to Sever Realii, a division of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, before his death. Meduza summarizes his story here.

🏛️ Russia’s most audacious cultural project in recent years, GES-2, opened in Moscow last December. On February 24, its future was forever altered. (21-minute read)

A queue for admission to GES-2. April 14, 2022.

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Six months ago, GES-2, an arts and culture center housed in a decommissioned Moscow power station, opened on Moscow’s Bolotnaya Embankment. It was the brainchild of Leonid Mikhelson, one of Russia’s richest businessmen, and was initially headed by Italian curator Teresa Iarocci Mavica. The building, which was originally built in 1907, was reconstructed by influential architect Renzo Piano. In December 2021, after seven years of design and construction work followed by a private showing for Vladimir Putin, the center was officially opened to the public. GES-2 instantly became the center of Moscow’s cultural life — until Russia launched its all-out war against Ukraine. Cut off from the West, the institution found itself in isolation, while its philosophy suddenly appeared incompatible with Russia’s new reality. The staff, from curators to executives, began to resign. Ksenia Korobeynikova, an art critic and author of the Ku-ku Telegram channel, spoke to Meduza about the center’s uncertain prospects.

🧠 Economist Andrei Yakovlev on the nature of Russia’s ruling coalition — and why elites have failed to stop the war(24-minute read)

It’s been more than three months since Russia invaded Ukraine and there haven’t been any major resignations from the Russian government. Indeed, no top officials have publicly spoken out against the war. Meduza spoke to the economist and Gaidar Prize laureate Andrei Yakovlev about what Russia’s elites are thinking, why they aren’t trying to influence the President, where the war is headed, and why the ruling class replacement system fell apart as soon as the Soviet Union collapsed.

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