NYT: James H. Billington, 89, Dies; Led Library of Congress Into Digital Age

Mr. Billington wrote six books on Russia and revolutionary traditions. His “Mikhailovsky and Russian Populism” (1958) was the first major biography of the 19th-century Russian social critic Nikolai Mikhailovsky. In “The Icon and the Axe: An Interpretive History of Russian Culture” (1966), he examined 1,000 years of intellectual life in Russia. Leonard Shapiro, in The New York Review of Books, called it a “magisterial survey of the past.”

NPR: Pence, Putin And Bolton Have ‘Informal Conversation’ At Asian Summit In Singapore

Vice President Pence and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat next to each other and chatted briefly Thursday at the East Asia Summit in Singapore, in a conversation that also included national security adviser John Bolton.

NYT: Zhores Medvedev, 93, Dissident Scientist Who Felt Moscow’s Boot, Is Dead

With Roy Medvedev, the physicist Andrei D. Sakharov, the author Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn and others, Dr. Medvedev was a central figure in the seething intellectual dissidence that exposed, largely through underground literature known as samizdat, the repression of ideas, science and human rights in the Soviet Union.

Bloomberg: Congress Likely to Shelve New Russia Sanctions as Clock Runs Out

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, who would be key to advancing any legislation, said that passing a bill he’s sponsored called the Deter Act “would be sort of missing the mark” after a U.S. vote that appears to have been unmarred by Russian meddling.

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