Eastern Europe News Roundup February 5th

An Akula class submarine

Each week The Vostokian republishes a compilation of the most relevant Eastern European news courtesy of The Elicitor. You can find the original here.

The Brilliance and Lunacy of Putin’s Chechen Hitman” by Brian Whitmore (The Atlantic, 5 February 2016)

No Room for Humor” by Pavel Kanygin (Coda, 4 February 2016)

A Decisive Turn? Risks for Ukrainian Democracy After the Euromaidan” by Mikhail Minakov (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 3 February 2016)

When Dictators Cry Conspiracy” by Srdja Popovic (Foreign Policy, 3 February 2016)

The FY2017 Budget Request European Reassurance Initiative Budget Request” (The White House, 2 February 2016)

Russian submarine activity topping Cold War levels” by Nicholas de Larrinaga (IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, 2 February 2016)

Putin Opens Asset Sales to Foreigners as Budget Gap Widens” by Ilya Arkhipov (Bloomberg, 2 February 2016)

Russia’s Long War on Ukraine” by Marek Menkiszak (German Marshall Fund, 1 February 2016)

Death of the GRU Commander” by Peter Zwack (Defense One Today, 1 February 2016)

20 главных фактов о Чечне” Полина Никольская et al. (РБК, 1 February 2016)

Crimea Proves That the West Only Respects Democracy That Deliver the Results It Wants” by Bryan MacDonald (Rethinking Russia, 1 February 2016)

Why even the best Russian think tanks struggle to influence foreign policy” by Pavel Koshkin (Russia Direct, 29 January 2016)

Is There A Non-West for Russia to Lead?” by Keith Darden (PONARS Eurasia, 28 January 2016)

A very special version of Russian democracy” by Jana Bakunin (New Statesman, 22 January 2016)

Волгоградские коммунисты предлагают дружить против Единой России” by Андрей Серенко (Независимая, 15 January 2016)

The Aland Regime After Crimea” by Henri Lax (UpNorth, 14 January 2016)

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