(1) Another Original LR Translation: Latynina on Kasyanov
(2) Another Original LR Translation: Journalists, Perishing
(3) EDITORIAL: Economic Storm Clouds Over Russia
(4) Putin's Energy Schemes, Imploding Like the USSR
(5) Bonner on Putin
(6) Putin the Brutal Despot Fomenting Cold War II
NOTE: Oborona reports that Oleg Kozlovsky has been placed in lock-down confinement, in their words "for practical purposes, under bed arrest" at the hospital where he is confined, denied all communication except with his parents. His winter clothes have been confiscated so he cannot depart and he has a security escort everywhere he goes. Hospital authorities have refused comment. Lawyers are still working on his behalf to adjudicate his status. Oborona has published a translation of the Washington Post's article about Oleg, clearly much encouraged by the support he is getting from abroad. It is a total disgrace that more major papers have not reported this story; please write your preferred paper and demand coverage.
NOTE: One of our FACEBOOK friends points us to a radio program called "Putin's Russia" from NPR Boston discussing Russia's future with a list of fascinating guests, including Arkady Ostrovsky, Moscow correspondent for The Economist, Dmitry Sidorov, Washington correspondent for Kommersant, a leading Russian newspaper, Masha Lipman, Editor-in-chief, Pro et Contra Journal, Carnegie Moscow Center, and columnist for The Washington Post and David Kramer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the State Department. Click through to listen online.
NOTE: Here's the most recent snapshot of our dynamic, international readership (we are proud to note that the second-largest group of readers comes from Russia, a hopeful sign for the country's future, we believe):