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Main headlines:
EVENTS
Putin’s shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East
Why Putin Had To Concede on the Ukraine Gas Deal
ACTORS
The Kurchatov Institute’s Growing Intellectual Influence Over the Russian Leadership
PROCESSES
The Abkhaz Crisis Is a Challenge for Moscow

Main headlines:
EVENTS
The transition Begins: Putin initiates vast Constitutional reform
MAIN ACTORS
Nginx stand-off: what happened
Irkutsk governor removal
PROCESSES
Rosatom’s latest plans — how will it realise its ambitions

Main headlines:
EVENTS
Normandy Summit
China Pipeline: Pivot To The East or Just Diversification?
ACTORS
Systemic Opposition: Between Kremlin & Protesters
PROCESSES
The Regime is Tightening Control

EVENTS
United Russia Seeks Revival At Annual Congress
ACTORS
Academic Opposition: New Wave of Confrontation Between Russian
PROCESSES
Saving Private Yandex: Winning A Battle, Not The War

EVENTS
Africa-Russia Summit In Sochi
The Price Of The Putin-Erdogan Syria Deal
ACTORS
FSB On The Offensive
A Reshuffle At The FSB
PROCESSES
Human Rights Council Shake-up: The Kremlin no longer wants even minor accommodations with liberals

EVENTS
A New Syria Puzzle: Russian Stakes And Red Lines
Putin in Saudi Arabia & UAE: Business & Geopolitics Operating In Parallel
ACTORS
FSB Assumes Informal Control Of Russia’s Prisons
PROCESSES
Presidential Administration Plans Loyal State Duma Election
The Kremlin Tests New Harassment Tactics Toward Opposition

EVENTS
The budget: caught between prioritising economic growth & ensuring macroeconomic stability
ACTORS
Lebedev’s re-appointment & deepening judicial conflict
PROCESSES
Challenging Trump: how the U.S. President upsets Putin
Collision with reality? Ukraine-Russia negotiations over Donbas approach the most sensitive issues

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