In the ninety-seventh edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the front page articles from four Russian newspapers: Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Izvestia, Moskovsky Komsomolets, and Komsomolskaya Pravda Moscow Edition. He discusses the Russian government’s pushback against neo-liberal globalism and its announced boycott of the annual World Economic Forum, the world’s most important neoliberal meeting venue, held every year in the Swiss town of Davos. Professor Kovacevic also examines the Russian response to the increasing U.S. pressure against the construction of the Nord Stream-2 natural gas pipeline directly connected Russia and Germany. In addition, He discusses one of the most recent spy scandals in Russia, involving the ex-Moscow police officer Alexey Zhitnyuk and his alleged Norwegian handler Frode Berg. Lastly, he looks at the growing economic gap between the rich and the poor in Russia which is causing considerable social tensions. Do not miss this exclusive edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor!