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Russia’s war against Ukraine is six months old this week.

South Korea and the United States have started their the largest joint military exercises in years.

The 8th Arms Trade Treaty Conference opens today in Geneva. The treaty entered into force in 2014, but guns continue to flow to governments guilty of human rights abuses, which the treaty is supposed to prevent. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute calculates that the annual arms trade is now worth $2.1 trillion.

WHO KILLED DUGINA?

Daria Dugina, the sanctioned daughter of the Russian fascist propagandist Alexander Dugin was killed by a car bomb – while driving her father’s car – on Saturday night. Dugina was herself a prominent far-right winger, appearing frequently in Russian media.

The only question that matters: Who wanted Dugin and/or Dugina dead, and what does that tell us about the state of the war, which is effectively at an impasse?

Many questions, few answers: Was it an inside job? Professional success? A message from Vladimir Poutine — to those who are even more extreme than him — to shut up? Was Dugina the target, or rather her father?

Russian authorities said in a statement on Sunday that they believed “the crime was pre-planned and of an orderly nature”, and the FSB on Monday accused Ukrainian security services of being responsible for the attack. Meanwhile, a former Russian MP claims Russian anti-Putin supporters “The National Republican Army” are responsible for the car bomb.

Clarification of Dugin’s relationship with Putin: According to recent reports, his personal relationship with Putin is no longer as close as it once was, and Kremlinologists no longer use the nickname “Putin’s mastermind.” While Dugin’s thought permeated the Russian ruling class over time, Ivan Ilin is a top rating if you’re looking for Putin’s totalitarian inspiration.

Dugina’s Assassination Tells Us Putin’s Regime May Be Weaker Than It Seems, Writes Marc Galeotti.

“WE DON’T WANT ANOTHER CHERNOBYL”: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğansays he plans to discuss the issue of Ukraine’s Russian-owned Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant with Putin. Erdoğan called the situation a “threat to the world”.

The US, UK, France and Germany discussed nuclear threats to Ukraine and Iran in a phone call on Sunday.

CIRCUMVENTING SANCTIONS: Assistant Secretary to the Treasury Wally Adeyemo said Turkish Deputy Finance Minister Yunus Elitas that Russian entities and individuals were trying to use Turkey to circumvent Western sanctions imposed on Moscow’s war in Ukraine, the department said.

UKRAINE WINS THE CYBER WAR: Jeremy Fleming, The head of GCHQ, the British intelligence agency, writes in The Economist that “President Putin has completely lost the information war in Ukraine and the West”, but worries about misinformation in Africa and elsewhere.

“Ukraine has proven to be an extremely effective cyber defender…we have seen arguably the most effective defensive cyber activity in history,” Fleming wrote, also noting the irony that ” the Russian strikes destroyed the very networks they were trying to infect. They forced Ukrainians to diversify and use safer alternative forms of communication. This actually strengthened Ukrainian resilience.

ESTONIA — DEFEND A CYBER ATTACK: Estonia has been the subject of the largest cyberattack it has faced since 2007. “The attacks were ineffective. E-Estonia is operational. Services were not disrupted. With a few brief and minor exceptions, the websites remained fully available throughout the day. The attack went largely unnoticed in Estonia,” according to Luukas Ilvesinformation director of Estonia.

GERMANY – BETTING ON CANADIAN HYDROGEN AS RUSSIA STOPS GAS, AGAIN: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz landed in Canada on Sunday for a three-day tour of the country as Germany seeks to deepen trade ties with Ottawa and secure clean hydrogen. Officials from both countries will discuss the construction of new liquefied natural gas terminals on Canada’s Atlantic coast.

Read an essential introduction to our colleague’s visit Zi Ann Lum here. Scholz and Prime Minister Justin Trudeaudined at a Syrian restaurant in Montreal last night.

Trouble is brewing at Scholz, with Russia’s Gazprom announcing on Friday it will shut down the Nord Stream gas pipeline – again – for “preventive maintenance” between August 31 and September 2.

PAKISTAN— IMRAN KHAN CHARGED WITH TERRORISM CHARGES: In a dramatic escalation of a power struggle that gripped the country for months, Pakistan’s former prime minister, Imran Khan, was charged under the country’s anti-terrorism law, guaranteeing more trouble. Khan fell out with the Pakistani army earlier this year and then lost his majority in parliament after a series of defections.

SINGAPORE — SEX BETWEEN MEN TO BE DECRIMINALIZED: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the country would repeal a colonial-era law. “I believe it’s the right thing to do,” Lee said, adding that Singapore’s constitution will be amended to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – FRAGILE AND AN AMERICAN PRIORITY: Australia’s northern neighbor and former protectorate is one of five priority countries under the US strategy on global fragility. CSIS, in a new report, examines why the country deserves attention in the context of competition with China. These reasons range from PNG being one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, to its wealth in gold, copper, silver and natural gas, and its history of “extremely high levels of corruption”. and violence”.

ECONOMY — US BUSINESSES REPORT JOBS AT A RECORD PACE: “American companies are on the verge of relocating, or returning to the United States, nearly 350,000 jobs this year, according to a report. … This would be the highest number on record since the group started tracking data in 2010,” the Wall Street Journal wrote.

ECONOMY CORNER — RESPONSIBILITY: The The Business Roundtable recently opposed the Cut Inflation Act because it included a minimum corporate tax of 15%. The tax clause fulfilled the Biden administration’s commitment to join a global tax agreement, along with 136 other countries.

Facts of life: You can’t believe in stakeholder capitalismand lobby against closing the biggest loopholes in the global tax system, because the two go hand in hand. You support both, or you support neither.

BIDEN’S WHISPERER IN OTTAWA: POLITICO’s Andy Blatchford sits with Ambassador David Cohen — and takes a close look at whether U.S.-Canada relations have improved since Trump.

KLEPTWATCH

What a coincidence: Over a hundred Russian luxury cars are parked at Helsinki airport. Do these cars owned by people profiting from the EU still allow Russian tourist visas?

Russian superyacht seized for sale in the first Ukrainian war auction. JP Morgan, not the Ukrainians, will be the biggest winner from the sale of the Axioma, which was seized in Gibraltar earlier this year after its billionaire owner Dmitry Pumpyanski was sanctioned.

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES PILOTS FALL ASLEEP, MISSED LANDING: The couple were only woken by an alarm that went off after they missed their window to land in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The Boeing 737-800 was flying on autopilot at 37,000 feet, according to a report by The Aviation Herald.

FLYING MISERY MAP: FlightAware tracks flight cancellations at major US airports.

27-YEAR-OLD IBM CONSULTANT SPENDS $1,000 A WEEK ON FOOD IN DC: A 27-year-old IBM consultant who earns $225,000 a year heavily annoyed some members of Washington’s University Club with a food diary she published in Bon Appétit, though the club itself was happy to direct its audience to social networks to the newspaper.

The punchline: The consultant manages to spend $1,000 a week at restaurants and bars in DC, despite having access to free wine from the Club, of which she is a member of the catering committee. His favorite dish: the Diplomat’s warm shrimp salad. “Every July 14, I try to dine at Le Diplomate.” Mark: rolling eyes.

MOVES

NSC ARRIVAL LOUNGE: Paula Garcia Tufro will serve as Senior Director for Development, Global Health and Humanitarian Response at the National Security Council. She is currently chief of staff at the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Blake Peterson joins Meta to work in content policy regulation. Most recently, she was the Acting Digital Freedom Coordinator at the State Department’s Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy.

BRAIN NUTRITION

SHORT READ: Lockdown Xi and his globetrotting diplomat

FESTIVAL: The Great Anguish, the largest mental health and arts festival in the world, runs from september 21 to october 15. Virtual access here.

Thanks to editor Ben Pauker, Daniel Lippman and producer Mallory Culhane.

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