On July 16th, the Kremlin website published a decree that added the Russian subsidiaries of Danone and Carlsberg to the list of companies to be transferred into temporary state administration.
Category: What Lies Beneath Russia
24 hours that shook the Kremlin. Even in a Russia accustomed to crisis and chaos, the events over the weekend were extraordinary.
On the morning of May 30th either 8 or 25 drones were shot down in or near Moscow, depending on the source. There were no casualties, and the only damage was one house which was hit by a drone.
There are strong signals from the government that there may be shifts in policy concerning the repatriation of dividends of non-residents from unfriendly countries.
This was Xi Jinping’s first overseas trip since he was appointed for a precedent-setting third term as president. It was not just a trip to show support for President Putin and for Russia – the Chinese President has his own agenda and such an early trip to Moscow suits that.
Much Ado About Nothing. The only significant statement in the speech was Russia’s suspension of the strategic arms reduction treaty (new START).
We do not usually comment on rumors circulating in Russia. Most are no more than routine speculation observed daily and are quickly proven to be untrue, either because of formal government denial or the passage of time.
At the end of September, President Mirziyoyev appointed Jurabek Mirzamahmudov as Energy Minister as well as Deputy Prime Minister with oversight of the fuel, energy, and the chemical industrial complex. This means the government again has six Deputy Prime Ministers.
President Putin announced a partial mobilization on September 21st, dictated by the need to defend a wide line of attack in Ukraine. Defense Minister Shoigu clarified that the intention is to mobilize about 300,000 out of the 25 million men in Russia who have done compulsory military service.
President Tokayev of Kazakhstan made his annual address to the people in the presence of the joint Assembly of the Parliament on September 1st. New laws allow the President to serve a single seven-year term.