First time in history, Russian State Duma may become internationally unrecognized

In May 2021, I published an op-ed called “Illegal 2021 elections to Russian State Duma as threat to ‘legitimize’ occupied part of Donbas.” In this article, I described in detail that the statement by the secretary of the General Council of the United Russia party, Andrei Turchak, on the possibility of residents of the occupied territories […]

NATO vs Russia: Dangerous Games

It seems that the Black Sea has recently become more and more an arena of confrontation between NATO and Russia. Another confirmation of this was the large-scale military exercises Sea Breeze 2021, which were recently completed in the region, which Ukraine hosted, writes Alexi Ivanov, Moscow correspondent. The Sea Breeze — 2021 exercises are the most […]

Understanding Russia’s Cyber Strategy

The Russian Federation’s willingness to engage in offensive cyber operations has caused enormous harm, including massive financial losses, interruptions to the operation of critical infrastructure, and disruptions of crucial software supply chains. The variety and frequency of these operations, as well as the resulting attribution efforts, have offered an unusually vivid picture of Russia’s cyber […]

Will the US – Russia Arms Control be Continued After the Biden-Putin Geneva Summit?

The article provides an analysis of the likely goals and positions of Russia and the United States on nuclear arms control. The U.S. administration aims to reach an agreement with Russia to control all of the parties’ nuclear arsenals, including non-strategic nuclear weapons (NSNW), as well as China’s involvement in nuclear arms negotiations bilaterally or […]

Smoke and mirrors: Russia’s power projection in the post-Soviet space

Since the 1990s, the post-Soviet space has become a theatre of struggle for various ideas, values , and geopolitical projects. Extraordinary interest in the countries of the former socialist camp was aroused by Russia, whose political ambitions provided a projection of its influence on bilateral and multilateral complexes of relations with states that have long […]

Russia targets American diplomats with new directed energy weapon

Havana Syndrome’ is a result of Soviet microwave weapons technologies used in the 1970s. According to new reporting from The New York Times, over 130 American diplomats, troops and other US departments’ personnel working overseas have been diagnosed with brain damage. The incidents have been registered for 5 years. In particular, the staff of the […]

The only way to deter Putin is to arm Ukraine

Spring 2021 saw the biggest Russian military buildup on the Ukrainian border since the seven-year war between the two countries first erupted in 2014. While Moscow’s late April announcement of impending Russian troop withdrawals initially eased international concerns over the possibility of a new Kremlin offensive, current intelligence reports indicate that the vast majority of […]

What to Expect from Possible Meeting of US and Russian Presidents?

President Biden’s recent offer to meet with President Putin in mid-June for talks is still among the top news stories in the international news feed. Analysts and journalists are wondering where in Europe this meeting will take place. However, the location of the summit is obviously not the main thing in the upcoming event. The […]

The Second Karabakh War and Caspian Energy

On November 10, the second war in Nagorno-Karabakh ended with a Russia-brokered ceasefire agreement signed between Azerbaijan and Armenia. While the 44-day war caused severe damages to frontline settlements and civilian casualties on both sides, frequent missile attacks carried out by Armenia towards Azerbaijani cities and infrastructure beyond the frontline raised concerns not only in […]

Moscow Moving 15 Warships From Caspian Sea to Waters off Ukraine

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced today (April 13) that Moscow is sending 15 naval vessels from its Caspian Flotilla to waters off Ukraine to take part in military exercises there. Earlier, Russian and Ukrainian media had reported stories about a smaller number. Although the vessels must pass through a 100-kilometer-long canal with more than […]