More Control before Elections

More Control before Elections

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 14 August 2017 More Control before Elections Presidential campaign in Russia is gaining momentum. Of course, in Russia, all is not about candidates but rather about activities of the whole state apparatus whose aim is to guarantee Putin’s...
Air is Getting Crowded before Zapad

Air is Getting Crowded before Zapad

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 14 August 2017 Air is Getting Crowded before Zapad As the anxiously expected military exercise Zapad 2017, to be held jointly by Russia and Belarus, is getting closer, tension in the Baltic Sea region is mounting. In the first five days of August,...
To Bypass and Block Ukraine

To Bypass and Block Ukraine

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 14 August 2017 To Bypass and Block Ukraine Systematically, gradually but strenuously – this is how Russia builds communication and transport routes, which bypass the territory of Ukraine. This is happening in the areas of gas pipelines,...
Russia’s German Advocate

Russia’s German Advocate

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 14 August 2017 Russia’s German Advocate Gerhard Schroeder will take another important post at the top of Russian energy sector. And this is not just a reward for Schroeder’s unswerving loyalty to Vladimir Putin’s regime. The nomination of former...
Korean test

Korean test

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 13 August 2017 Korean test The deep crisis between the USA and North Korea gives Russian some new opportunities. In comparison to the rowdy Kim Jong Un, the Kremlin seems to be a predictable partner, which is convenient for those who wish that...
“Soft power” budget cuts

“Soft power” budget cuts

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 12 August 2017 “Soft power” budget cuts At the end of July, Russian and foreign media informed about cuts to state funding for organizations and foundations which promote Russian foreign policy and support the Russian diaspora in the...