Interfax 04:50, 17 January 2019 Federal lawmakers in Russia say they are opposed to sending a delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for this year’s Winter Session in Strasbourg, rejecting an invitation from General Secretary Wojciech Sawicki. On January 17, at a plenary session of the State Duma, all four… Continue reading RU: State Duma refuses to resume cooperation with PACE, increasing chances that Russia could leave the Council of Europe
January 17, 2019 Mark Galeotti In September 2011, two Chechens suspected of involvement in the January suicide bombing at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, which left 37 people dead, had just left an Istanbul mosque after Friday prayers when, along with a companion, they were shot dead. According to an indictment cited in a major Turkish newspaper, prosecutors had identified… Continue reading Gangster Geopolitics: The Kremlin’s Use of Criminals as Assets Abroad
By bne IntelliNews January 17, 2019 Russians are ashamed of the “eternal poverty” of their country. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the loss of superpower status was a humiliating experience, which President Vladimir Putin has played on with actions like the annexation of Crimea and the war in Syria, to restore some sense of… Continue reading Russians are ashamed of the “eternal poverty” of their country
“The Russian ruble is less stable than any other currency.” </end editorial> By Natasha Doff, Evgenia Pismennaya, and Anna Andrianova January 17, 2019, 8:00 PM EST Updated on January 18, 2019, 6:11 AM EST Even biggest state companies finding ditching greenback tough Kremlin, fearing sanctions, seeks alternative currencies Russia’s central bank dumped $101 billion last year in its biggest-ever shift away… Continue reading Putin Push to Dump Dollar Proves Hard Sell With Russia Inc.
The latest Russian Public Opinion Research Center, VTsIOM, poll shows Putin only has a 1/3 approval rate, his lowest ever. Russian commentators are increasingly talking about “Life after Putin”, perhaps that is coming sooner than many predicted. Following Putin’s departure, some predict the government will collapse, similar to the collapse of the Soviet Union. This Paul Goble article… Continue reading Most Russians Do Not Trust Putin
Why is Wagner PMC in the Central African Republic? Oligarch greed. Paul Goble writes about Aleksandr Zhelenin’s article, What has Russia forgotten in Africa?. It turns out that the CAR has uranium, gold, oil, and diamonds, but not in the amount to attract Russian attention at the national level. But Russian oligarchs can turn a nice profit. … Continue reading Russian Strategy In Africa Is Oligarch Greed
That these two nations, Russia and Iran, are working closely together, should be worrisome to most. Iran and Russia are considered rogue nations by many. That both brand the West as their enemy is equally worrisome. </end editorial> Syria is symbol of Russo-Iranian cooperation and there are numerous facts to prove it. However, there are… Continue reading Iran-Russia Cooperation Grows Beyond Syria