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The Russian economy will shrink by both four percent this year and next, the Bank of Finland said in its latest Russia forecast, published on Monday.
DON SURBER: Being fired is the best thing that happened to me.“We know what is going on. Democrats are pressing Google, Twitter and the rest to silence dissidents. My guess is this involves some sort of payoffs with taxpayer money. The pressure is on this election season as Democrats hold a vain hope that the midterms won’t flip Congress. But I am going to keep my blog for now because the ad money is nice. Eventually I will move on to Substack when I get enough subscribers. . . . I just was not made to work for somebody else.”
Before President Vladimir V. Putin invaded Ukraine in February, Russia played an outsize role in the affairs of Central Asia and also the volatile Caucasus region, in what had passed for a far-flung Pax Russica. In January, it rushed troops to Kazakhstan to help the government there calm a wave of violent domestic unrest. In 2020, it sent around 2,000 armed “peacekeepers” to the Caucasus to enforce a Moscow-mediated truce between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Today, Armenia is fuming. Its prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, who has been a close ally, appealed to Moscow in vain last month for help to halt renewed attacks by Azerbaijan. Furious at Russia’s inaction, Armenia is now threatening to leave Moscow’s military alliance, the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
The Kazakh government that Mr. Putin helped prop up in January is veering far from the Kremlin’s script over Ukraine, and is looking to China for help in securing its own territory, parts of which are inhabited largely by ethnic Russians, and which Russian nationalists view as belonging to Russia.
As somebody joked on Twitter over the weekend, the only people who fear the Russian army now are its draftees.
EXPOSED: Before Ukraine blew up Kerch Bridge, British spies plotted it The Grayzone. Interesting, although it seems the actual perpetrators used a different “plot.” (We see email where the UK hooks up the planners with a former Lithuanian Minister of Defense. One might wonder whether the PowerPoints for blowing up Nordstream 1 and 2 were shared round the Baltic in a similarly promiscuous fashion.)
Appraisal of The Recent Performance of Russian Intelligence in the Ukraine John Helmer, Dances with Bears. Well worth a read. And, readers, whatever you can read between the lines, please leave in comments.
‘Teilmobilisierung’ und Demokratie Gilbert Doctorow. Scroll down for the English version.