Pandemic of the crisis of power in Russia

The most serious challenge for the Russian elite since Putin’s autocracy has risked the collapse of the entire architecture of power built on lies, theft, manual control and hypnotic control of the population. The political and economic consequences of the pandemic and crisis in Russia may be most unpredictable and dangerous. Falsity, cynicism, greed, venality, […]

Doing business amid plague: Kremlin sends ventilators to U.S., while Russian regions lack such equipment

I believe everyone remembers the recent tirades by U.S. President Donald Trump about Russia sending “humanitarian aid” to America with lots very useful equipment. And when Donald Trump claimed it was humanitarian aid, I noted to myself that we should better wait for details about the actual nature of its cargo, bearing in mind the […]

Russia’s “aid” for U.S. pure PR stunt aimed at having sanctions lifted – Ukraine’s senior diplomat

For Putin his own image matters more,” Bozhok noted “Russia helps everyone but Russians, who are the first one Kremlin should care about during COVID2019,” Bozhok wrote on Twitter , commenting on the news by the Russian Mission to the UN on the arrival of Russia’s alleged aid to the U.S. “But for Putin his […]

Turkey & Russia: Not Friends After All

After a three-and-a-half-year marriage of convenience, Turkey and Russia have come to realize that they are fighting on opposite sides of two proxy wars: one in Syria and the other in Libya. This comes after Russia sold Turkey $2.5 billion worth of S-400 air defense systems, won a multibillion-dollar nuclear plant contract, signed up for […]

Coronavirus in Russia: from a blast at Vector Virology Research Center to quarantine in Moscow

While everyone is now pointing fingering at China and Wuhan in particular, branding “Chinese coronavirus”, while ignoring its scientific name COVID-19, I’m sure it’s worth recalling a really low-profile incident that took place in Russia’s Novosibirsk in September 2019. There, an explosion rocked the premises of the state-owned Vector Virology Research Center. FYI, this research […]

“Italian Holiday” for Russian military intelligence

As the first Il-76 military cargo plane took off to Italy carrying the “from Russia with love” humanitarian aid, concerns were raised that it wasn’t love that these Russian military planes were bringing to a NATO Ally. In fact, instead of health ministry experts, the deployed group consists of high-ranking officers of Russia’s defense ministry […]