Have I mentioned that I love Johnson’s Russia List? Among other things, it gives a nice sense of the conventional wisdom about Russia by citing enormous amounts of it. It also allows the parlor game (in the boring parlors I frequent) of tracking down diametrically opposed headlines. The New Republic used to do this–it might still, but I haven’t looked at an issue recently.
Anyway, the 28 March JRL had these headlines on offer:
1. Interfax: Medvedev Certain Tandem With Putin Will
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3. Reuters: Russia’s Medvedev hints at Kremlin power
I can imagine a world in which both are true, but it’s a pretty strange one.