Letter From the Editors: April 11 - 17, 2016

Author: Matthew Larson

Putin Tones Down Foreign Policy Rhetoric; Fallout From Panama Papers Continues; Ukraine Gets New Cabinet; National Guard Sets Sights on Chechen Security Forces

Putin adopted a decidedly different tone in his 14th annual call-in show, focusing on domestic rather than foreign policy issues. Vladimir Frolov writes: "The most important message to the outside world was that for the time being, Russia is done with foreign policy escapades aimed at securing its status as a ‘global superpower.’ " The Russian president essentially told other nations that they have nothing to fear from his country if they treat it respectfully. He pressed that point home when commenting on US relations: "But if our counterparts [in the US] operate based on the false premise of being exceptional, they will always claim special status and special privileges for themselves.. .. They must set their imperialistic ambitions aside and be respectful toward their partners."

The Kremlin perceives the West’s negative attitude toward Putin as a lack of respect. According to Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov: "The degree of Putinophobia has reached such a level that it is by definition impossible to say anything good about Russia, to talk about Russia’s successes." His remarks were made in response to the leaking of documents revealing the shady financial dealings of the world’s rich and famous - the so-called Panama Papers. Journalists Dmitry Gavrilenko, Yevgenia Obukhova and Pyotr Skorobogaty suggest that the leak is a George Soros project to incite popular unrest in countries with regimes the US finds undesirable. In particular, they believe the goal is to discredit the Russian authorities ahead of the 2018 presidential election.

Following on the heels of the Panama Papers revelations, Russian state-run television company VGTRK aired a film accusing Russian oppositionist Aleksei Navalny of being a Western intelligence operative and of conspiring with Hermitage Capital CEO William Browder to arrange for the death of Sergei ...

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