"While other countries use similar 'iris-reading’ technology at customs checkpoints, Russia wanted to covertly install it throughout its subway system in order to track those walking through, including everyone from US diplomats to journalists and tourists, sources said. 'They had some people on a naughty list, a black list, and they wanted to track these people,' a former executive told The Post. 'It was more surveillance, hit a black-list database, send up an alert.'"
The Convergence Between Vladimir Putin’s Political Culture and Our Own, by Joshua Yaffa
"I recently found myself returning to an essay from 2000 by Yuri Levada, a pioneering Russian sociologist, called 'The Wily Man.' The essay was Levada’s attempt to understand why so many pathologies of the Soviet era — the propensity for double-think and an adaptive, accommodating response to power — persisted so powerfully in modern Russia. In Levada’s telling, the wily man or woman 'not only tolerates deception, but is willing to be deceived.' Indeed, says Levada, he even 'requires self-deception for the sake of his own self-preservation.'"
The National Review: “Carter Page is an Out-and-Out Putinite”
"Carter Page is an out-and-out Putinite. A consultant to and investor in the Kremlin’s state-run gas company, Gazprom, Page has a direct financial interest in ending American sanctions against the company. Not only that, but Page is tight with the Kremlin’s foreign-policy apparatus and has served as a vehement propagandist for it."
The End of Democracy in Belarus, by Alexander Lukashenko
"Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he would not tolerate further protests, which have spread in the former Soviet republic as a financial crisis worsens."
May 28, 2020 — The Psychopath in Chief, by Tony Schwartz
"I spent hundreds of hours with Donald Trump to ghost-write ‘The Art of the Deal.’ I now see a deeper meaning behind his behavior."