Zapad-17. The first myth

Zapad-17. The first myth

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 10 September 2017 Zapad-17. The first myth One of the main theses in the Russian information offensive accompanying the Zapad-2017 exercises is a statement that they do not jeopardise the security and stability of the region, because they are...
Zapad-2017: preparations completed

Zapad-2017: preparations completed

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 7 September 2017 Zapad-2017: preparations completed A week before the official start of joint Russian and Belarusian maneuvers, for the first time a top western politician questioned the officially given number of servicemen to participate in...
Where will Putin strike?

Where will Putin strike?

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 5 September 2017 Where will Putin strike? In result of attacking Ukraine and annexing the Crimea, Vladimir Putin halted a decline in popularity and overcame the crisis in his legitimacy as President, lasting since the mass protests in winter...
Italians with Gazprom again

Italians with Gazprom again

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 1 September 2017 Italians with Gazprom again Saipem is to take part in the construction of Nord Stream 2. The Italian company has announced that it has been awarded a contract to build the last section of the pipeline connecting Russia and Germany...
Who’s Afraid of Zapad 2017

Who’s Afraid of Zapad 2017

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 29 August 2017 Who’s Afraid of Zapad 2017 It is not Poland, neither the Baltic states nor Belarus. However, the Zapad 2017 military exercise can be a threat to Ukraine. Russian battalions’ presence in Belarus may mean that the North Front...
Sechin’s apogee

Sechin’s apogee

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 29 August 2017 Sechin’s apogee Russia’s Igor Sechin has been recently been at the top and thus he may become the target of numerous enemies he had made. Among them, there are liberals in the Medvedev’s government, oligarchs such...