The Russian reconaissance ship Liman crashed into a Turkish freighter and sank; 78 sailors on board were rescued. Anti-corruption campaigner Alexey Navalny was attacked and Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia was declared ‘undesirable’ and searched by the FSB’s Extremism Center.
The Chechen people have only very recently emerged from two prolonged genocidal assaults inflicted on them by their Russian neighbour. These assaults having failed in their purpose, the Kremlin is now evidently keen to engage in a different kind of war, a war of smears and innuendo.
A Russian teenager, described variously as a neo-Nazi and related to ISIS killed a guard at a shooting range in the provincial city of Khabarovsk, then attacked an FSB office, killing two and wounding one other. Police shot him dead and arrested a suspected accomplice.