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Russia: Weekly Report (02.10-08.10)

This report describes the key events that significantly impacted Russia’s political, economic and social processes.

Based on the results of the past week, the following trends can be summarised:

  • It is vital for Putin to secure the Caucasus direction since experts have repeatedly predicted the possibility of mass unrest and attacks on Russia from this direction. That is why, shortly, we will witness steps to strengthen the Kremlin’s position in the Caucasus. It is quite possible that Menyailo is being considered as the president’s permanent representative in the North Caucasus – with emergency powers.
  • Putin is not familiar (or pretends that he is not) with the real state of affairs in Russia and the combat zone in Ukraine. His assessments regarding several indicators (economic, military, and social) differ noticeably in his public speeches. An attempt to create an image of “continuous victories” looks more like a persistent formation of an alternative reality than a demonstration of stability and sustainability.
  • Russia’s policy of “nuclear diplomacy” continues to bear fruit. Russia is opening more and more nuclear power plants, which will become an element of the system for promoting Russian national interests in various world regions. The “nuclear diplomacy” authors are the Kovalchuk brothers and Sergei Kiriyenko.

This digest highlights the following topics that were most relevant for Russia during 2nd-8th of October:

1. Meeting with the head of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Sergei Menyailo;

2. Participation of Vladimir Putin in the plenary session of the XX meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club;

3. Meeting of Vladimir Putin with the President of the partially recognised Republic of Abkhazia Aslan Bzhania;

4. Ceremony on the occasion of the delivery of nuclear fuel to the Rooppur NPP;

5. Meeting of Vladimir Putin with the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev;

6. Ceremony to mark the start of Russian gas supplies to Uzbekistan through the territory of Kazakhstan;

7. Celebrating Vladimir Putin’s birthday;

8. Russia’s reaction to Israel’s events.

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This report describes the key events that significantly impacted Russia’s political, economic and social processes.

Based on the results of the past week, the following trends can be summarised:

  • It is vital for Putin to secure the Caucasus direction since experts have repeatedly predicted the possibility of mass unrest and attacks on Russia from this direction. That is why, shortly, we will witness steps to strengthen the Kremlin’s position in the Caucasus. It is quite possible that Menyailo is being considered as the president’s permanent representative in the North Caucasus – with emergency powers.
  • Putin is not familiar (or pretends that he is not) with the real state of affairs in Russia and the combat zone in Ukraine. His assessments regarding several indicators (economic, military, and social) differ noticeably in his public speeches. An attempt to create an image of “continuous victories” looks more like a persistent formation of an alternative reality than a demonstration of stability and sustainability.
  • Russia’s policy of “nuclear diplomacy” continues to bear fruit. Russia is opening more and more nuclear power plants, which will become an element of the system for promoting Russian national interests in various world regions. The “nuclear diplomacy” authors are the Kovalchuk brothers and Sergei Kiriyenko.

This digest highlights the following topics that were most relevant for Russia during 2nd-8th of October:

1. Meeting with the head of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Sergei Menyailo;

2. Participation of Vladimir Putin in the plenary session of the XX meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club;

3. Meeting of Vladimir Putin with the President of the partially recognised Republic of Abkhazia Aslan Bzhania;

4. Ceremony on the occasion of the delivery of nuclear fuel to the Rooppur NPP;

5. Meeting of Vladimir Putin with the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev;

6. Ceremony to mark the start of Russian gas supplies to Uzbekistan through the territory of Kazakhstan;

7. Celebrating Vladimir Putin’s birthday;

8. Russia’s reaction to Israel’s events.

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