Analytical bulletin #9 (10) 2018 EVENTS Russia-US summit in Helsinki: what did the Russian leader propose? MAIN ACTORS Sergei Kirienko – Hero of Russia. How receiving the highest honor provoked an attack of political opponents. Dmitry Peskov’s nomination: how power among the groups of influence in charge of digitization of Russia’s economy will be distributed. PROCESSES Escalation of tension surrounding Vyacheslav Volodin: the elite’s resistance to the pension reform crystallizes, as Putin remains absent from the debate.