Category: Russia

Russian Oil to Feature in Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline—Circumventing Possible Sanctions?

Jamestown.org: In a surprising turnaround of previous policy, Russia’s Lukoil announced on May 16 that its oil will soon be delivered to Europe via the 1,093-mile-long, 1.2 million-barrel-per-day Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline. The BTC pipeline transports oil from Azerbaijan’s offshore…

Russia’s Information Campaign in Crimea: Nodes, Themes and Caution

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 11 Issue: 46 Since the Crimea crisis erupted, international attention focused naturally on Russian troop movements and signs of fresh moves by Moscow to isolate the Crimean Peninsula or step up the tempo of the…

Implications of the Crimean Issue for the North Caucasus

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 11 Issue: 47 On March 5, the Federation Council, the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, called on the regions of the Russian Federation to support the residents of Crimea and the eastern Ukrainian regions…

Ukraine truce collapses, 73 dead in fresh clashes

KIEV, Ukraine — At least 20 protesters were killed Thursday morning as gunfire rang out in central Kiev, breaking the shaky truce reached between President Victor Yanukovich and opposition leaders the previous night. Oleh Musiy, chief of the protest camp health service, told The Times…

Russia’s Long-Term Naval Rearmament Plans

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 11 Issue: 22 By: Roger McDermott President Vladimir Putin continues to support the creation of a modernized and combat-capable military by 2020. A significant element in such military modernization is the Navy, which also protects Russia’s…

“Black widow” eyed as threat to Sochi Olympics

U.S. authorities have become increasingly concerned about security at the upcoming Olympics in part because Russian intelligence is indicating that a widow whose husband was an Islamic militant killed last year by Russian security forces is believed to be helping…

Second blast in Russia kills 14 a day after first attack

AT least 14 people were killed yesterday when a suicide bomber blew himself up on a packed trolleybus in Volgograd a day after a deadly attack on the southern Russian city’s train station, raising fresh concerns about security at the…

War in Syria Has Reverberations in the North Caucasus

On September 20, the first deputy director of the Federal Security Service (FSB), Sergei Smirnov estimated that 300-400 Russian citizens are participating in the conflict in Syria. “They will come back and that, naturally, is posing a serious danger,” the…

Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria

The Telegraph: The revelations come amid high tension in the Middle East, with US, British, and French warship poised for missile strikes in Syria. Iran has threatened to retaliate. The strategic jitters pushed Brent crude prices to a five-month high…

Analyst: Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria now best-equipped of the group

(CNN) — Al Qaeda’s affiliate inside Syria is now the best-equipped arm of the terror group in existence today, according to informal assessments by U.S. and Middle East intelligence agencies, a private sector analyst directly familiar with the information told CNN.