BY ANNA BORSHCHEVSKAYA, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 10/16/18 11:00 AM EDT It may seem strange that Moscow has delivered its S-300 anti-aircraft system to Syria this month. The decision came after the Assad regime accidentally downed a Russian reconnaissance IL-20 plane in northern Syria on Sept. 17 using the less sophisticated S-200. Why give a more advanced version of that weapon… Continue reading Russia giving Syria the S-300 is more message than menace
If Putin’s ruling party, United Russia, is unpopular and cannot retain power and authority, what are they to do? Why cheat, of course. Lie, cheat, steal, and in this case, cancel elections and try to delegitimize the probable winner’s qualifications – to disqualify him. All this does is turn “Communist wunderkind” Valentin Konovalov into a… Continue reading Putin’s Power Ebbing, Is United Russia Panicking?
The idea of Open Source Intelligence began in the 1990s but bumped up against a deeply entrenched Intelligence Community and powerful new media corporations. One open source researcher went so far as to predict that with open source, there was no need for conventional intelligence. 20+ years later, that prediction is becoming somewhat of a… Continue reading Meet Bellingcat
Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. </end editorial> Official statement by the Synod, video of the official announcement that was made in English to media, the official statement and address to the nation by a very emotional Pres Poroshenko, verging on tears. Media releases by Pres Poroshenko’s office, and a great many op-eds and news… Continue reading Russia Losing the War of the Churches (13) – Fallout
October 05, 2018 17:03 GMT Robert Coalson Anytime a clandestine agency is in the global headlines on a daily basis, something strange is going on. That has certainly been the case with Russia’s military intelligence agency, known by its former abbreviation, the GRU. British intelligence identified two suspected GRU agents as the culprits in the… Continue reading News Analysis: Infighting? Incompetence? Distraction? What’s Happening With Russia’s Spies?
Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. </end editorial> Media reporting that Constantinople is to announce later today its decision on Ukrainian Church autonomy. Earlier today the Synod lifted the anathema from two Ukrainian bishops who were labeled schismatics by the Russian Church leadership after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Also a deluge of threats… Continue reading Russia Losing the War of the Churches (11)
10 October 2018 By Coda Staff The U.S. government intervened to stall a Russian disinformation campaign this summer that was aimed at preventing the Balkan state of Macedonia from joining NATO, according to a report in The New York Times. It comes amid signs of a more aggressive Western pushback against Moscow’s espionage and influence operations, following… Continue reading US Spying and Stealth Diplomacy Blocked Russian Meddling in Macedonia