Category: Russia

Turkey ups the pressure and forces Russia into swift action

Due to Turkey’s involvement with Nagorno-Karabakh, Libya, and Syria this year, Russia has begun targeting strikes in the Idlib region of Syria. The most recent was October twenty-sixth this year, when a the group of extremists under Faylaw Al Sham,…

How to Hide a Russian Fortune on the French Riviera

WRITTEN BY SOPHIE BALAY In response to Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, the European Union banned more than 100 Russian officials and businessmen from entering its territory and froze their European assets. The move was meant to punish well-connected Russians…

Russian PMCs in Yemen: Kremlin-Style ‘Security Export’ in Action?

On September 6, Russian military correspondent Semen Pegov posted information on his Telegram-channel WarGonzo (WG) about “members of one Russian Private Military Company [PMC] being currently deployed in Yemen.” He ascribed this information to data received from “three anonymous sources…

Russia’s S-400 Air Defense System to Receive New Long-Range Missile, Likely for Sale to China for SCS

Russia has reportedly completed user trials of the 40N6E long-range missile for the S-400 Triumf advanced interceptor-based air defense systems (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler), according to a Russian defense industry source. “The state trials of the 40N6E long-range surface-to-air (SAM) missile…

Russia-linked Hackers Target German Political Foundations

Hackers with connections to Russia have tried to spy on German political foundations associated with the country’s largest parties, according to security experts. The Friedrich Ebert and the Konrad Adenauer Foundations were targeted by hackers in March and April this…

Iran Builds Soft Power in Georgia to Foster Tighter Nexus With Russia

“I appreciate that Georgia has [a governmental] agency that directly works on religious affairs and with religions. I am very pleased that thanks to the efforts of Georgian government representatives, different religions and ethnic groups peacefully coexist here. That is…

OFAC Designation of Putin’s Spy Agency May Trip Up U.S. Exports

The recent OFAC sanctions on Russia’s FSB né KGB, which is the Kremlin’s spy agency, may have unintended consequences. According to this article on the Russian website by my friend Иван Ткачёв (Ivan Tkachev) the FSB, besides doing typical spy things, is also…

Beijing Encroaching on Moscow’s Military Dominance in Tajikistan

China has unexpectedly begun taking steps to become more militarily active in the small Central Asian republic of Tajikistan. Moreover, it is pushing for closer joint military and security cooperation with Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. These moves could position China…