Russian Press Review (18.07–24.07)

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The Russian press was virulent this week around the Olympic Games participation issue. The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 Russian athletes have been unsuccessful in their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to reverse their ban from competition. Allegations are circulating that Russia ran a state-sponsored doping program covered up by the Russian Federal Security Service. A number of articles covered the murder of Pavel Sheremet in Kiev. The journalists did not in his conduct show signs of concern for his security – he most probably did not receive any threats prior to his death.

Foreign Press Review (18.07-24.07)

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On Sunday, July 24, the International Olympic Committee Executive Board (IOC EB) decided not to ban the entire Russian team from Rio despite World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) calls. Generally Russia has welcomed IOC EB’s decision as it left Russian athletes possibility to compete in the Olympics under their national flag. However, it is obvious that the whole case raises questions about selective use of law when only Russia has been targeted. However, the «Russian trace» was also found in the Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Some democrats blamed the Kremlin for helping Trump to be elected with the media calling him «the Kremlin’s candidate» and even «a Putin’s lapdog».

NATO’s Virtual Reality 

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Observers have long noted that today’s world politics is no less shaped by feelings, symbols and statements than by evidence, assets and actions. The NATO summit in Warsaw enabled international relations scholars to obtain a great deal of information to consider this phenomenon – NATO’s transformation from a military alliance with clear-cut objectives into an organization getting its message across exclusively to its member-states.

Potential US Cooperation With Russia in Syria Prompts Bout of Media Amnesia

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No sooner did reports emerge that US Secretary of State John Kerry was heading to Moscow to propose new collaboration with Russia in Syria than the media suffered a collective bout of geopolitical amnesia. For months, Russian President Vladimir Putin had been publicly proposing an international coalition to fight the Islamic State in Syria, which would include close collaboration between Washington and Moscow. Each time, the call was rejected or fell on deaf ears.

Russian Press Review (11.07–17.07)

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Russian media outlets focused a lot on foreign affairs last week. One of the main events covered by the the Russian press was the failed coup attempt in Turkey. The coup attempt was made the night of the 16th of June, in the name of reinstalling constitutional order and respect for human rights. About 6000 people have been arrested by government forces, including over 50 high-ranking military officials. Another major, tragic, event that was widely commented on is the terrorist attack in Nice, France on the 14th of July. A man drove his truck into the crowd gathered to watch the Bastille Day fireworks. articles continue to be published on the theme of Brexit, and on the unrest in the US, with a new shooting that took place the 15 of July in Baltimore.

Foreign Press Review (11.07-17.07)

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The main event of last week was Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s visit to Moscow. The Obama administration reportedly intended to propose to deepen military cooperation with Moscow in Syria by intelligence information sharing, starting joint air strikes against the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra and opening a new military command-and-control headquarters. Turning to the Russia-NATO relations, it seems that after the NATO summit in Warsaw, which was held on July 8-9, critics of the alliance’s policy towards Russia got a chance to voice their viewpoints. Many of them called “Russian threat” a fake and a myth, which is promoted in order to ensure NATO unity, and referred to the decision to deploy four battalions near the Russian borders as an unnecessary provocation.

Odd Military Coup

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The military coup in Turkey has failed. In fact, a military coup has ended in failure, as mutinies and revolts typify Turkish political culture. Analyzing the outcome, one can say that the attempted coup was bizarre and poses numerous questions. Still, the outcome and the consequences, including the effect on Russia, are as clear as day.