The Evening: Second Day Assault in Russia, Gershkovich Detention Extended, Help Slip Frank, and More

Rare Assault Inside Russia Stretches Into Second Day

Fighting raged for a second day on Tuesday in the Belgorod region of southern Russia as a Ukrainian-aligned paramilitary group claimed to seize villages and rebuff counterattacks, in a the most dramatic instance to date of bringing the war into Russian territory, as the NYT reports.

Bakhmut Rages On

Ukrainian officials say troops are still battling around Bakhmut, after Russia claimed to have seized the eastern city that has been a focal point of the war for months, as The Washington Post reports.

Russian Court Extends Evan Gershkovich’s Pretrial Detention by Three Months

A Russian court extended until at least Aug. 30 the pretrial detention of Evan Gershkovich, the Wall Street Journal reporter deemed by the U.S. to be wrongfully held, after investigators requested more time before his trial, as the WSJ reports.

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In That Number


Meeting behind closed doors, a Moscow court on Tuesday extended the arrest of Evan Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal correspondent accused of espionage, for more than three months, until Aug. 30.

Source: NYT

Critical Quote

There are ample indicators that social media can also have a profound risk of harm to the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents.

— Dr. Vivek H. Murthy. U.S. Surgeon General

iDeas Lab

Remote Visualization

How might key drivers affect the U.S. extended deterrence mission in the next 10 years? Bloc Competition shows a scenario of high adversary capabilities where China and Russia expand their nuclear arsenals while the U.S. maintains a strong network of alliances.

The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and multimedia.


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Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L) looks on as U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting on the debt ceiling, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 22, 2023.

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G7 Hiroshima Summit Outcomes” by CSIS’s Hannah Grothusen, Matthew P. Goodman, Christopher B. Johnstone, and Federico Steinberg.

This Town Tomorrow

At 2:00 p.m., the CSIS Economics Program and the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development host author Latanya Mapp Frett to discuss her new book, The Everyday Feminist: The Key to Sustainable Social Impact–Driving Movements We Need Now.

Earlier, at 9:30 a.m., The Atlantic Council hosts a discussion on permitting reform in the United States and European Union.

Then, at 10:00 a.m., The Wilson Center holds a conversation on the impact of China's development promotion and foreign aid policies on partner states.


Today, CSIS hosted Stephen J. Hadley, former national security advisor to President George W. Bush, for a conversation with The New York Times' David Sanger on the evolution of U.S. foreign policy in Asia. Watch the full event here.


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Photo: CSIS

In this live episode, CSIS expert Victor Cha is joined by special guest Mark B. Lambert, deputy assistant secretary for the bureau of East Asian and pacific affairs at the Department of State for a debrief on President Yoon’s State Visit.

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“Help on the way…Don’t fly away.”

Yesterday, I posted a new single from the Grateful Dead’s forthcoming archival album, “RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. 6/10/73.” The ’73 show at RFK is a seminal GD performance, but there have been so many great shows at RFK through the years. Here’s one from June in ’91 featuring the powerful Dead triptych “Help on the Way-Slipknot!-Franklin’s Tower.” I invite you to email me at and follow me on Twitter @handrewschwartz