The Daily Beast published an article entitled “Chinese Money Is Backing Putin’s War”. The author reflects on continuing bonding between Russia and China, first of all in the economic field, writing “the growing Chinese-Russian alliance is one of the most important geopolitical developments of the century.”The author reminds that in December last year Russian oil exports to China grew at an annual rate of 86% along with Russian-Chinese trade turnover (95.3 billion dollars).
"As Europe Moves Aggressively Against Terrorism, New Challenges Emerge" the New York Times writes. The recent arrests of suspected terrorists in European countries, "highlighted the scope and complexity of the challenge facing European intelligence agencies and security services in confronting the expanding threat from radical jihadists, many of them battle-hardened in Syria and Iraq," the article reads. The recent raids suggest that European countries are more willing now to engage in pre-emptive measures to fight terrorism.
Foreign Affairs has discussed the Eurasian Economic Union in its publication “The Eurasian Illusion”, calling it “a myth” and “a failure”. The author interprets the Eurasian Economic Union as an attempt to bring the former Soviet nations back together – both economically and politically – under the promise of “universally beneficial integration on equal terms”.
The Washington Post published another article about Russia under the title of «Russian opera diva Obraztsova dies at 75». Russia’s famed mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova, who has performed at the world’s top opera houses, died Monday at age 75. Obraztsova’s cultural foundation said in a statement that she died of cardiac arrest at a clinic in Germany, but didn’t provide further details. Russian President Vladimir Putin sent condolences to Obraztsova’s family.