“Soft power” budget cuts

“Soft power” budget cuts

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 12 August 2017 “Soft power” budget cuts At the end of July, Russian and foreign media informed about cuts to state funding for organizations and foundations which promote Russian foreign policy and support the Russian diaspora in the...
Gazprom suffers losses

Gazprom suffers losses

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 10 August 2017 Gazprom suffers losses Information that Gazprom has monopolized the OPAL pipeline as well as the declaration of two German companies that they will participate in the Nord Stream 2 despite the recent US sanctions have overshadowed...
Abkhaz provocation

Abkhaz provocation

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 10 August 2017 Abkhaz provocation On the 9th anniversary of the outbreak of Russia’s war with Georgia, Vladimir Putin visited separatist Abkhazia where he mentioned Moscow’s support for this self-proclaimed quasi-state. The visit, criticized by...
The change of the cyber Chekist chief

The change of the cyber Chekist chief

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 8 August 2017 The change of the cyber Chekist chief The Russian Internet has gained a new trustee from the Federal Security Service (FSB). Andrei Gerasimov, who has been in charge of the Information Security Centre (CIS) since 2009, has been...