Sanctions: The 2020 Agenda

The year 2019 was the first in the war of US sanctions against Russia when the net effect of the measures declined. Two years earlier, 2017 was the year of CAATSA – a comprehensive law which elevated sanctions against Russia to a new level.  The following year marked the largest single round of sanctions against […]

Why is Russia producing more and more absurd versions of PS752 crash cause?

Something strange is being observed in the Russian information segment after Iran pleaded guilty to the downing of the Ukrainian airliner flight PS752. More precisely, it all started right after the version was totally debunked of the Boeing being downed by U.S. specops forces on the ground, a U.S. UAV, or a U.S. missile. So […]

Turkey’s Decision To Send Troops To Libya Angers Moscow, Regional Powers

Russia has condemned Turkey’s intention to send troops to Libya to support Fayez al-Sarraj, the prime minister of the UN-backed Government of National Accord of Libya, against the head of the Libyan National Army, General Khalifa Haftar. “We believe that foreign interference will hardly help settle the situation but any activities to facilitate efforts to […]

Putin’s Imperial Ambitions Mean Ukraine Must Learn To Live With Frozen Conflict

Ever since his landslide election victory in spring 2019, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been eager to demonstrate that, unlike his “nationalist” predecessor Petro Poroshenko, he can negotiate a compromise with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.  However, it is now increasingly obvious this approach will not work, and there is very little Ukraine can do about […]

Russia reviving ISIS threat in Europe – OSINT group

The recent exposure of a group of ISIS-affiliated Chechen in Austria once again speaks of Russia’s interest in destabilizing Europe and their effective tools for influencing European politics. The Christmas period in Western Europe over the last five years has been an intense period for law enforcement due to the rise of various terrorist threats. […]

Germany may delay Nord Stream 2 construction over bird migration issues

The pipeline route goes through the wintering areas in the Baltic Sea. German environmentalists say the government should turn down the request by the Nord Stream 2 operator to pursue with construction through the winter, a time when migrating birds choose their wintering grounds. Kim Detloff, an activist with the Union for Conservation of Nature […]