Category: Russia

Russia’s SVR Sergei Naryshkin has an additional role…Head Historian

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Sergei Naryshkin, President Vladimir Putin‘s long-standing ally and former chief of staff, has another less publicized role in addition to heading the external intelligence service, the SVR. He is also the chairman of the Russian Historical Society (RHS), a modern…

Russia-linked Hackers Target German Political Foundations

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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

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“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

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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…