Programs / Russia Monitor
As a result of its aggressive policies, especially after the escalation of operations since 2014, Russia has become the subject of renewed interest in today’s global public opinion among politicians, entrepreneurs, academics, journalists and pundits. This makes access to expert knowledge about the situation in that country all the more important, the direction of Russian politics and economic and military expansion, and finally forecasts of the consequences for Europe and the world.
Russia Monitor is a review of the most important events relating to Russian security (broadly understood). Warsaw Institute experts monitor and analyze the Kremlin’s activities and those of its subordinate services to anticipate their short-term and long-term consequences, not only for Russia, but particularly for neighboring countries and the Western world. Therefore, the subject of our analyses are both events and phenomena closely related to the internal situation in Russia, as well as its foreign policy. We are interested in Russian politics behind-the-scenes, changes in security forces and special forces, and the conditions surrounding offensive activities, including military operations.
Our analytical experience, including the ability to form in-depth assessments and forecasts, is at your service. Our experts, who have been monitoring the situation in Russia for years, provide this. We want Russia Monitor to help politicians and businessmen make decisions, and also to bring attention of all concerned to the real face of Putin’s Russia.
Russia Monitor offers:
- analysis of forces in the ruling elite of Russia
- forecasts of political developments in Russia
- assessments of Moscow’s moves on the international scene and their impact on Russia’s economic policy
- analysis of connections between business circles and policy makers
- assessment of the risks associated with Russia’s energy expansion
- information about the situation in Russia’s security apparatus
Hundreds of supporters of the Artpodgotovka movement were arrested –e prone to use any violent methods. At the same time, the FSB can announce its success, as it managed to liquidate the “anti-state conspiracy”, which seems to be very important in the face of the growing strength of the competitive National Guard.
No other NATO member country so often detains Russian spies as Estonia does. On the one hand, such a state of affairs may be due to the local counterintelligence, regarded as one of the most effective services of the Alliance, and, more specifically, on its eastern flank.
Moscow is consistently increasing its military capabilities in the Caspian Sea. Although Russia is only one of its five coastal countries, it seeks to transform the basin into its “internal sea” in a longer perspective.
The Russian-American conflict intensifies – this time it is all about the mass media. The actions of the US administration, which were aimed at limiting the information war led by the Russians on the US territory, have caused Moscow to react with similar measures.
By the end of this year, the “attack forces” of the Russian Airborne Troops are expected to increase their potential four times. It means that the offensive capabilities of Russia will be reinforced as the airborne forces are supposed to constitute the core of rapid reaction forces.
The National Guard of Russia has been developing as planned, says its chief commander, General Viktor Zolotov. There is more and more money to finance the Guard; its number also seems to increase, there are also new equipment and weapons, but, most importantly, Rosgvardiya is said to get new powers.
Russia signs next oil contracts with Kurdish autonomy in northern Iraq, at the same time maintaining excellent relations with Baghdad. Just after the beginning of Iraqi military operation against the Kurds, Rosneft signed a major contract with the authorities in Erbil.
Chairman of the Russia’s State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, is gradually losing his importance. Such a claim is strongly evidenced by the resignations of the Kremlin, the exchange of governors, and, most importantly, by the change of the secretary general of the ruling United Russia.