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De-Escalation Zones: Russian Treason in Syria

De-Escalation Zones: Russian Treason in Syria

It is very likely that the military forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad will attack the Idlib province – the last rebel-held bastion; the operation will probably take place in mid-September. The battle of the province may be the most difficult as well as the bloodiest one since both rebels and civilians have nowhere to escape.

Making the Front Longer: Russia to Strengthen Its Western Flank

Making the Front Longer: Russia to Strengthen Its Western Flank

Due to the analysis of defence and modernisation projects, as well as changes within the organisational structure of Russia’s armed forces over last two years, it may be indicated that the state’s authorities pay a lot of attention to the Western Military District.

Russia’s Head of Intelligence Service and Deputy Defence Minister in Pakistan

Russia’s Head of Intelligence Service and Deputy Defence Minister in Pakistan

The Russians seek to mark their presence in Pakistan; first, the country was visited by Russia’s Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service who took part in a meeting of leaders of intelligence services of Russia, China and Iran. The Russians tend to replace the Americans while their recent rapprochement with Pakistan may considerably affect the development of the situation in a neighbouring Afghanistan and in the region.

Russian Problems in Gazprom-Naftogaz Conflict

Russian Problems in Gazprom-Naftogaz Conflict

Russia’s energy giant Gazprom gradually loses the possibility of raising some funds on external markets due to a deepening legal dispute with Ukraine’s Naftogaz. The long-lasting dispute with the Ukrainian giant may affect Gazprom’s financial condition and it may even hamper the implementation of export gas pipeline projects, including Nord Stream 2.

Attractive Russian Woman and Guns

Attractive Russian Woman and Guns

Mariia Butina, a Russian national indicted by a federal grand jury, has been spying for Russia for years. The 29-year-old has specialized in an alleged fight for the broadest possible right to bear a gun in her native country.

Rosneft to Start Extracting Oil in Iraqi Kurdistan

Rosneft to Start Extracting Oil in Iraqi Kurdistan

The Russians will start to extract oil in the Kurdish part of Iraq at any moment, as confirmed by reports from both sides of a deal concluded in October 2017. At that time, Russia’s oil company Rosneft purchased 80 percent of shares in five oil fields.

Russia’s Tax Manoeuvre: Triumph of Oil Lobbies

Russia’s Tax Manoeuvre: Triumph of Oil Lobbies

A long-time battle over the shape of taxation changes in Russia’s oil industry will probably end up with the success of oil companies. The government will use its best efforts to make sure that they feel as less affected by the consequences of the so-called tax manoeuvre as possible.

Oil Companies Damage Russian Environment

Oil Companies Damage Russian Environment

Greenpeace has recently drawn attention to damages made to Russia’s natural environment due to the disastrous state of the country’s pipelines. Rosneft has accused Greenpeace of performing actions ordered by other entities. The NGO has long been under Russia’s scrutiny.

Putin’s Persian Game

Putin’s Persian Game

The Russian-Iranian alliance has not been exposed to such a difficult test for a long time. In July, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin held a meeting at the Helsinki summit; both leaders met face-to-face in order to discuss the issue of Syria as well as the role of Iran.

Under Special Supervision: Corruption Scandal in Russia’s Refineries

Under Special Supervision: Corruption Scandal in Russia’s Refineries

It was only recently that a series of corruption scandals have been revealed in the supervisory institution of Russia’s refinery industry. An investigation led to the deputy head of Rostekhnadzor; interestingly, she is a friend of Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin. It is another example of his huge influence in the Russian oil and gas sector; in addition, it constitutes a blatant manifestation of a high-level corruption in this industry.

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