Intrigues in the Kremlin: the Siloviks vs. the Neoliberals

In the thirty-fourth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from three Russian newspapers: Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Izvestia, and Nezavisimaya Gazeta. He discusses the recent interview given by Nikolai Patrushev, the head of the Russian Security Council and the likely new prime minister of Russia, the relations between Russia and Israel, and Russia and the Council of Europe, and the Russian perspective on the current tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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Rossiyskaya Gazeta – May 19, 2017

Izvestia – May 19, 2017

Izvestia – May 23, 2017

Nezavisimaya Gazeta – May 23, 2017

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  1. Nice work Filip! I have a few questions for you if you have the time. What are the approximate numbers of independent outlets in Russia in terms of both TV channels and newspapers, and how do these numbers compare with the US media? Also even if there are less independent outlets in Russia, given that the US media is controlled by only a handful of corporations whose agenda aligns with the state, is the spectrum of the American media any broader than that of Russia?

    Also, I’d be interested in hearing your take on Mikhail Zygar and his book “All the Kremlin’s Men”. Maybe a special edition of Russian Newspaper Monitor, or just an article. Anyway just a suggestion. A couple points he makes though: 1) People are intimidated in polling because they are asked to give details of their identity. 2) Putin has no long-term strategy, he is just reacting to events. Do either of these claims have merit? Is Putin not trying to decrease Russia’s dependence on the west by purging the neoliberal elite as you have suggested, and by import substitution and formation of and strengthening of eurasian economic and trade blocs? Is that not a long-term strategy?


  2. Thanks, Filip and to all the Newsbud team. You’re making it very hard for us all to retreat into ignorance.

    Surely the neo-Nazis in the US are the biggest threat to everyone’s national security.

  3. David E Burden says:

    Professor Filip,
    I have not conducted nearly as much research on Russia as I should. At least not as much as I have/do on other areas. Hence my lack of commenting on your presentations. Normally, I’m too busy reading and playing catch up on what you just covered to do much typing. Therefore, I especially enjoy your weekly videos. They are always informative, often prescient, and dare I say vital, vital if one wishes to keep abreast of the entire global status, including the hard truth about Russia, Ukraine, and that whole area. I often find them to be quite entertaining as well. 🙂
    That new missile, rocket, (whatever the hell it is), should give a lot of people pause. At least I pray it does. If not, it can only be due to hubris. I mean, pftt, Mach freakin’ 8?!?! Unless one of the Federation’s Starships shows up, 😉 (not likely), ain’t nobody intercepting one of those puppies.
    I continually try to not only keep up with what’s going on between the US and Russia, (as well as numerous others), and since you came along, you have made that infinitely easier. Thank you.
    I used to think I was ahead of most of the pack, then I discovered James Corbett, Boiling Frogs Post, the Mental Militia, and then along came Sibel trotting out NEWSBUD. DING DING DING. Looks like we have a winner folks!
    When I started doing my diligence and checking her new crew out, and found out how many different languages and areas of expertise you folks are sporting and I started feeling less cocky and more outclassed, considering that I’m only fluent in English and Smartass, I can hang with Spanish for a while, French for a minute or so, I do okay in Cherokee, but I haven’t used my German language skills for so long, I’d be lucky to order a meal & a bier, or get myself into any kind of trouble, like I once did.
    I believe that President Putin is an easy whipping boy for many people, and I admit that I sometimes question his motives, but I don’t think anyone could rightly say that he hasn’t been adept at bringing his country out of a dark period. What Larry Summers and his New England gang did to Russia, was despicable. He should have been jailed right along with his cohorts, instead, he went into politics. Why doesn’t that surprise me? Now I see that he has teamed up with dastardly Dick Cheney & Company in Genie Energy Ltd. and their subsidiary Afek Oil, to rape The Golan Heights. Oh what a tangled web.
    Keep up the excellent work Professor, it always brightens my day to sit down at the old PC and find a new video from NEWSBUD, and yours are among my favorites.
    For the Republic, …if we can keep it,
    AKA: Stronghorse

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