Staunton, VA, May 5, 2017 - The flood of news stories from a country as large, diverse and strange as the Russian Federation often appears to be is far too large for anyone to keep up with. But there needs to be a way to mark those which can’t be discussed in detail but which are too indicative of broader developments to ignore.
Consequently, Windows on Eurasia each week presents a selection of 13 of these other and typically neglected stories at the end of each week. This is the 81st such compilation, and it is again a double issue. Even then, it is only suggestive and far from complete, but perhaps one or more of these stories will prove of broader interest.
2. Trump Rates as a Russophobe by Upper House of Russian Parliament. Less than three months since its members were among those in Moscow drinking champagne over the victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential elections, members of the Federation Council held a session at which they reflected the swing in Moscow and considered how much of a Russophobe Trump really is.
11. What’s a Russian Quartet? The Bolshoi Orchestra After a Foreign Tour. Life increasingly imitates art, and Russian life former Soviet jokes. As a result of Vladimir Putin’s increasingly repressive regime, eight former Duma deputies now live in exile abroad. Not yet a quorum but a remarkable figure nonetheless.
21. One-Third of Russians Say Kremlin Protects Human Rights. Despite evidence to the contrary, a poll shows that one Russian in three says that the Kremlin is protecting their human rights. Perhaps more important two out of three don’t agree.
24. ‘USSR Never Disintegrated,’ USSR Citizens Movement Says. A group of Russians says that they have evidence that the USSR never fell apart and that they, the USSR Citizens Movement, are living proof of that and the basis for the rebirth of the Soviet Union.
And 12 more from countries in Russia’s neighborhood:
1. Second Chinese University Offers Belarusian Language Major. The University of Tsientsin has become the second Chinese higher educational institution to offer a major in the Belarusian language, yet another indication of the extent to which Beijing is outpacing the West in focusing on Belarus.