FX – Russia (and Syria)

First, the home front:

Putin Opens New Mosque in Moscow Amid Lingering Intolerance

Putin:

Myers – Putin’s Credo – Never Let Them See You Sweat

You’re known by the friends you keep (and this is one friend worth keeping track of):

Ramzan Kadyrov – Putin’s closest ally, and his biggest liability – The Guardian

Views on Russia’s involvement with Syria:

On Syria, Putin Is Catering to an Audience at Home

Applebaum – Putin’s power plays

Russia’s endgame in Syria – Maybe there isn’t one

Ignatius – The US cannot pass Syria on to Putin

Drezner – Putin wants Russia to have more influence in the Middle East – Good luck with that

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