Catalonia referendum: What does Russia want?

Catalonia referendum: What does Russia want?

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 5 October 2017 Catalonia referendum: What does Russia want? The fact that Spanish media has mentioned the Russian participation in the escalation of attitudes before the Catalonia referendum seems to reflect the Western tendency to exaggerate...
Shoygu’s Troubles

Shoygu’s Troubles

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 4 October 2017 Shoygu’s Troubles Severe losses in Syria, some errors committed during the Zapad-2017 military drills, and, most of all, the loud corruption scandals in the army: Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoygu, has recently had a horrible...
Moscow’s Kurdish Dilemma

Moscow’s Kurdish Dilemma

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 3 October 2017 Moscow’s Kurdish Dilemma Russia’s position towards the independence aspirations of Iraqi Kurds shows the weakness of the Kremlin’s Middle East policy. It is another problem where the Russians try to take double...
Changes in Lubyanka

Changes in Lubyanka

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 29 September 2017 Changes in Lubyanka The trial of Alexei Ulyukaev, the former Russian minister, can be used in internal FSB feud. So far, General Oleg Fieoktistov, previously known as one of key people in Lubyanka, has been taken down by this...
Putin Changes His Governors

Putin Changes His Governors

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 28 September 2017 Putin Changes His Governors Autumn purges in the regions. A few governors have been dismissed over a few days. But that’s not all. More changes should be expected in the near future. What may be surprising is the fact that...
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