To receive Steve Gutterman’s Week In Russia each week via e-mail, subscribe by clicking here. President Vladimir Putin misses out on the D-Day commemorations in Britain and France but takes center stage at the annual economic conference in his hometown. He also gets pandas and a pat on the back from Chinese leader Xi Jinping, but clouds loom over the St. Petersburg forum as U.S. diplomats stay away to protest the prosecution of American investor Michael Calvey. Here are some of the key developments in Russia over the past week and some of the takeaways going forward. With Allies Like This If the wounded relationship between Moscow and the West ever heals, here’s something that might be a sign of its recovery: A Russian president getting through a Victory Day speech before the Red Square parade without hinting that the United States today, like Hitler’s Germany, is bent on world domination. Or, say, a Russian official talking about D-Day without suggesting that the West is overstating its significance and understating – deliberately — the Soviet role in the Allied victory. Judging by the commentary coming from Russia amid the celebrations this year, those days may be far off – if… Read full this story
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