Russia Update: Top Kremlin Official Meets with Regional Governors, Who Complain About Lack of Power

February 3, 2015
Vyacheslav Volodin, deputy chief of the presidential administration in the Kremlin. Photo by TASS.

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies.

The previous issue is here, and see also our Russia This Week stories ‘Anti-Maidan’ Launched by Nationalists, Cossacks, Veterans, Bikers and The Guild War – How Should Journalists Treat Russian State Propagandists? and special features ‘Managed Spring’: How Moscow Parted Easily with the ‘Novorossiya’ Leaders, Putin ‘The Imperialist’ A Runner-Up For Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ and It’s Not Just Oil and Sanctions Killing Russia’s Economy, It’s Putin.

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Adam Osmayev, a Chechen fighting on the Ukrainian side in the war in southeastern Ukraine, is heading up the Dzhokhar Dudayev Battalion following the death in battle yesterday of Brig. Gen.