Picasso artworks displayed in a Las Vegas restaurant could fetch over $100M

Eleven Pablo Picasso artworks that were on display at a Las Vegas restaurant for over 20 years will hit the auction block this October, just two days before what would have been the artist’s 140th birthday. Part of MGM Resorts’ sizable art collection, the pieces had long been a fixture at Picasso, a Michelin-starred French and Spanish […]

World leaders embrace climate adaptation action at Climate Adaptation Summit 2021

More than 30 world leaders expressed their firm support for climate adaptation action at the international online Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021, hosted by the Netherlands. During the high-level opening, various concrete initiatives and enhanced ambitions from governments, development banks, institutions and cities were launched to drastically enhance climate adaptation worldwide during the coming decade. […]

“Voznesensky”, “Pasichnik”, Boryslavsky: Media saboteur in Cyprus covered up by Russian church

The recognition of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine by the Local Church of Cyprus provoked a raging fit in Russia, whose leaders immediately instructed their propaganda pundits to come up with critical works on the subject and go as far as pursue subversive activity in the media space. Russia is now making considerable efforts to […]

Kremlin’s Influence Operations: Working Out Countering Mechanisms for Eastern Partnership Member States

Kremlin’s disinformation operations constitute a direct threat to democracies – both stable and emerging. They are aimed at undermining stability of our societies and  manipulating our opinions and choices. The strategic objective such campaigns pursue is to weaken and destabilize governments, targeted by destructive influence. Tactics of information operations As a totalitarian state, Russia has […]

Covering up FSB’s failure? Reporters expelled from Amman meeting of Orthodox clerics

A meeting of representatives of Local Orthodox Churches in the Jordanian capital of Amman is being held behind closed doors. Reporters are not allowed to cover the events at and around the meeting, says Russian theologian Andrey Kuraev. “According to our sources, several groups of journalists have already been kicked out of the hotel – […]

Moscow Plays Hard Ball In The High North

The message from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to his Norwegian counterpart, Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Spitsbergen Treaty was rude even by the standards of Russian diplomacy. Russia has, on several previous occasions, signaled disagreements with various measures Norway has taken to protecting the unique Arctic […]