Abkhaz provocation

Abkhaz provocation

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 10 August 2017 Abkhaz provocation On the 9th anniversary of the outbreak of Russia’s war with Georgia, Vladimir Putin visited separatist Abkhazia where he mentioned Moscow’s support for this self-proclaimed quasi-state. The visit, criticized by...
Russia saves Maduro

Russia saves Maduro

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 9 August 2017 Russia saves Maduro For the Kremlin, Venezuela is becoming in the western hemisphere the same as Syria in the Middle East. The Russians cannot afford to fall back on a friendly regime if they want to retain any significant influence...
The change of the cyber Chekist chief

The change of the cyber Chekist chief

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 8 August 2017 The change of the cyber Chekist chief The Russian Internet has gained a new trustee from the Federal Security Service (FSB). Andrei Gerasimov, who has been in charge of the Information Security Centre (CIS) since 2009, has been...
Generalissimo Putin

Generalissimo Putin

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 8 August 2017 Generalissimo Putin By baring his naked torso while doing such activities as diving and hunting, Vladimir Putin tries to convince Russians that, in spite of ruling for so many years, he remains in good health and shape. A big naval...
The third de-escalation zone

The third de-escalation zone

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 7 August 2017 The third de-escalation zone The Russians managed to reach a consensus with moderate rebels on the creation of another so-called de-escalation zone in Syria. The truce covers the northern part of the province of Homs. In this area,...
“Secret prison” of FSB

“Secret prison” of FSB

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 26 July 2017 “Secret prison” of FSB The information that the Federal Security Service (the FSB) kidnaps people and then imprisons them in an unknown facility, torturing and forcing testimony prior to their official detention, should...