(1) EDITORIAL: Nikolai Petro, Kremlin Stooge
(2) Lilia Shevtsova: Russia is Committing Suicide
(3) BBC Under Neo-Soviet Siege in Moscow
(4) Trepashkin Speaks
(5) McEnroe Fears the Russian Mob
NOTE: "President" Putin has announced that if anyone is going to succeed him, he'd like it to be his longtime slavish sycophant Dimitri Medvedev, someone with no independent power base (some characterize him as basically a member of Putin's family) and who is crazy about the rock group Black Sabbath. Medvedev has been mindlessly doing Putin's bidding as the head of Gazprom, apparently a dry run to see if, in a pinch, he can be relied upon to do the same as head of the whole country. Seems like Putin is favorably impressed that he can. Perhaps the news might somehow be more bleak for Russia these days, but just now we can't imagine how.
NOTE: A third bus in six weeks has been destroyed by a terrorist bomb in southern Russia, the backyard of the proposed 2014 Olympics. Publius Pundit has the details.