Category: Russia

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

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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

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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…

Putin-Netanyahu Meeting Strengthens Russia-Israel Ties

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Moscow’s intervention in Syria’s civil war has propelled Russia into the center of Middle Eastern politics and substantially enhanced its ties with virtually every Middle Eastern state. Israel is no exception. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently concluded his fourth…

The Futility of Dialogue With Putin

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The need to keep the channels of dialogue open with an unpredictable Russia is taken as an absolute imperative by many Western politicians. But they are often surprised when this tactic backfires. The foreign ministers of the member states of…

Moscow Plays Divide-and-Conquer Strategy Against Crimean Tatars

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According to Refat Chubarov, the president of the Crimean Tatar World Congress and the elected chairperson of the Mejlis (the quasi-governing assembly of the Crimean Tatars), the Russian Federation is in the process of creating a Crimean Tatar military corps…

In Courting Iran, Russia Seeks Politically Safe Foreign Investment for the North Caucasus

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On April 11–16, representatives of an Iranian investment company, Hamrahian Group, visited Dagestan to explore possibilities for cooperation with the North Caucasian republic. The visit came just weeks after Dagestan’s governor, Ramazan Abdulatipov, visited Iran as a member of a…

The South Caucasus in the Shadow of the Russian-Turkish Crisis

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As Konrad Zasztowt sees it, the recent standoff between Russia and Turkey over Syria is rattling the South Caucasus region. The two nations’ weakening economic ties, for example, are starting to diminish Turkish-Georgian-Azerbaijani trade and security cooperation. By Konrad Zasztowt…

Russia’s Cost-Benefit Interest in Syria

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Eurasian Daily: As Washington and Moscow join efforts to initiate a ceasefire in war-torn Syria, there is growing evidence that Russian policymakers believe the cost-benefit side of the military intervention is yielding political dividends. Despite the low-cost and low-risk side…