Less roubles for the army, in fact means more

Less roubles for the army, in fact means more

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 27 October 2017 Less roubles for the army, in fact means more Reducing the share of GDP in Russia’s defence spending by 2020 does not mean that budget spending on the military will actually decrease. The budget can be amended during the...
Same Trick Again

Same Trick Again

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 26 October 2017 Same Trick Again Making comfortable rivals running for president has had a long tradition in Putin’s Russia. This time, a person who is going to stand against Vladimir Putin is Ksenia Sobchak, a socialite and journalist, who...
Real role of the Kaliningrad Fortress

Real role of the Kaliningrad Fortress

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 26 October 2017 Real role of the Kaliningrad Fortress Recently, some Russian military experts have claimed that the Kaliningrad Oblast was very weak as for its usual military capacities. Such a point of view differs from the Western perception of...
Libya: Moscow’s diplomatic offensive

Libya: Moscow’s diplomatic offensive

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 13 October 2017 Libya: Moscow’s diplomatic offensive Russia is modifying its policy towards Libya. It does not put everything on General Khalifa Haftar anymore, but rather tries to take the position of an arbiter. This can be observed not...
Kremlin vs. Foreign Ministry. Conflict or Game?

Kremlin vs. Foreign Ministry. Conflict or Game?

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 10 October 2017 Kremlin vs. Foreign Ministry. Conflict or Game? According to some media, as well as political analysts, the position of Sergei Lavrov is weakening. So far, the head of Russian diplomacy was considered to be one of the major...
Donbass Leaks

Donbass Leaks

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 10 October 2017 Donbass Leaks By 2019, Moscow may cease to subsidise the occupied areas of Donbass, or at least it may change the nature of financial support for so-called separatist people’s republics. Such a news leak on the idea of...