Three Controversial Articles by Top Officials Distort Russia’s Past, Present and Future

23 Jun 2020

(EDM) Russian authorities rarely resort to such old-fashioned means of communication as written articles. Yet, last week, three key figures in the top leadership—President Vladimir Putin, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, and former prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, who now holds the newly established position of deputy head of the Security Council—published lengthy essays, presumably to give shape and direction to the domestic political discourse. Patrushev’s article, in the official daily, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, came first, expounding on the alleged unsuitability of universal values for Russia (Rossiiskaya Gazeta, June 17). Medvedev’s quickly followed, running in a Russian foreign policy–oriented journal and arguing for greater international cooperation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic (, June 17). The article by Putin—his long-promised think-piece on the causes of World War II—curiously ran on the website of the Washington, DC–based media platform The National Interest—and the Russian translation of the text appeared the next day in several Russian dailies (Rossiiskaya Gazeta, June 19). [...]

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