Zapad-17. Myth Number Two

Zapad-17. Myth Number Two

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 11 September 2017 Zapad-17. Myth Number Two Russian Defence Minister has rebuked his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen for falsely claiming that more than 100,000 troops will participate in the upcoming Zapad-2017 military drills. According...
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...