The U.S.-Russia Spy Swap: Maria Butina for Edward Snowden?

In the eighty-seventh edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses front page articles from four Russian newspapers: Izvestia, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Kommersant, and Komsomolskaya Pravda. He discusses the outcomes of the Helsinki Summit between the U.S. president Donald Trump and the Russian president Vladimir Putin as they were presented in the Russian press. In addition, Professor Kovacevic analyzes how the Russian press reported on the ongoing case of Maria Butina, a Russian citizen based in the U.S. who has been arrested under the charges of espionage. Moreover, he also discusses the Russian government systemic response to the U.S. economic sanctions under the guidance of the new first deputy prime minister Anton Siluanov. Lastly, Professor Kovacevic examines an alleged spy case that has filled the headlines of the Russian newspapers – the case of Karina Tsurkan, a Moldovan-Russian high-level executive who allegedly passed on secret business information to the Romanian intelligence, a NATO partner service of the CIA. You won’t find much about this case in the U.S. mainstream media. Reporting on stories like this is one of the key goals of the Russian Newspapers Monitor and the Newsbud team in general. Do not miss this exclusive edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor!

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Show Notes

Izvestia – July 17, 2018

Nezavisimaya Gazeta – July 18, 2018

Kommersant – July 19, 2018

Komsomolskaya Pravda – July 20, 2018

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  1. Ulf Wärmlöv says:

    Dear Prof. Kovacevic,
    Welcome back! I have missed you a lot!

  2. Mark Ribbit says:

    I focused on the Maria Butina story because I wanted to see how it tied to Snowden.
    I’m still a bit puzzled about it, because I don’t see any connection.
    Maria is accused of being a spy by the U.S.
    Snowden is not being accused of being a spy by Russia.

    Yes Russia would like to have Maria freed from jail.
    But Snowden is not in jail and so the U.S. can’t say they’d like to have him freed from jail.

    The U.S. would like to have Snowden sent back to America, not to give him freedom but to send him to jail.
    Totally different set of circumstances here.

  3. Jan Rosbäck says:

    Thank you for this great presentation, prof. Kovacevic. About this form some divisions of USAID use – luring in people and NGOs into the intelligence networks is a worldwide nuisance. Honest individuals trying to help other people in need – it’s like leaving a finger and getting a hand cut off.

  4. Richard Ross says:

    They want Snowden because he blew the whistle on the CIA and what they were doing against ordinary US Citizens. Snowden too many of us American’s is a Patriot who told us what illegal actions were being carried out by our Intelligence Agencies.

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