Black Clouds over Bastrykin

Black Clouds over Bastrykin

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 3 January 2018 Black Clouds over Bastrykin In the last days of December, officers of the Investigative Directorate of the FSB detained another important person in the case against Zakhar Kalashov aka Shakro Molodoy. As a result, a former colonel...
Cold War 2.0: A New Front

Cold War 2.0: A New Front

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 27 December 2017 Cold War 2.0: A New Front Conquering Raqqa and vanquishing the so-called Islamic State closed only a certain stage of the war. It is far from the full pacification of Syria and the reconstruction of the country, while jihadists...
Syrian Express on the NATO Flank

Syrian Express on the NATO Flank

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 27 December 2017 Syrian Express on the NATO Flank One of the goals of the Russian involvement in the war in Syria, apart from saving Assad’s regime and fighting against Daesh (which was the least important, though), was building a strong...
Russian Bridgehead in the Balkans

Russian Bridgehead in the Balkans

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 22 December 2017 Russian Bridgehead in the Balkans Serbia is increasing its portfolio of arms purchases in Russia. The recent visit of President Aleksandar Vučic to Moscow confirmed that Belgrade had explicitly favoured military cooperation with...
FSB Head’s Ominous Theories

FSB Head’s Ominous Theories

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 21 December 2017 FSB Head’s Ominous Theories On the occasion of the centenary of the founding of Lenin’s secret police, the Cheka, the director of Russia’s FSB security service, its most direct heir, Alexander Bortnikov gave an interview to...
Donbass: Controlled Escalation

Donbass: Controlled Escalation

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 21 December 2017 Donbass: Controlled Escalation Moscow’s decision to withdraw from a Ukrainian-Russian ceasefire control group, along with the intensified attack on Ukrainian positions conducted by the Russians supported by pro-Russian rebels,...
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