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    The Kremlin Intrigue Behind the Anti-Corruption Protests
    Mar27

    The Kremlin Intrigue Behind the Anti-Corruption Protests

    All across Russia this weekend, people took to the streets in a protest against corruption. The predominantly young crowd was spurred into action by opposition internet activist and aspiring politician Alexey Navalny, whose most recent slickly-produced video exposé of high-level government corruption—this time targeting Prime Minister Dmitry...

    Foreign Money’s Existential Threat to Democracy
    Mar23

    Foreign Money’s Existential Threat to Democracy

    When Josip Broz (later known as Tito) was a Moscow Comintern agent in inter-war Yugoslavia, his mission was to subvert his country’s social and political life with the aim of Marxist revolution. The ohrana secret police caught him in 1928 and he was tried and sent to Lepoglava prison for five years. In court, Broz refused to defend himself...

    Russia Courts U.S. Allies With Arms Exports
    Mar20

    Russia Courts U.S. Allies With Arms Exports

    After a sharp drop-off in arms exports since the 2014 annexation of Crimea, Russia is steadily reclaiming its lost market share—and as the Wall Street Journal notes, it is increasingly doing so while courting longtime U.S. customers: Moscow’s efforts to bounce back have caught the attention of U.S. arms makers, in part because Russia is...

    What Can We Know and When Can We Know It?
    Mar18

    What Can We Know and When Can We Know It?

    Is Devin Nunes gaslighting the Dems?With the House Intelligence Committee—Mr. Nunes is Chairman—scheduled to hold its first public hearing Monday on Russian hacking in the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times ran a story last week suggesting that the Democrats might bolt if it looked like the investigation was turning into a partisan...

    No Sanctions Relief In Sight For Russia
    Mar16

    No Sanctions Relief In Sight For Russia

    Russia may be waiting quite a while for sanctions relief, if the U.S. Senate has anything to say about it. Reuters: The top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee both said on Wednesday that sanctions imposed on Russia over its involvement in Ukraine must not be lifted without drastic changes by Russia.Senator Mike Crapo,...

    Is This Russia’s Opening Move in Libya?
    Mar15

    Is This Russia’s Opening Move in Libya?

    As we noted earlier this month, Russia is increasingly playing the power broker in Libya as it cozies up to Khalifa Haftar, the general battling the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli. Now, according to diplomatic sources quoted by Reuters, it looks like Russia is matching boots on the ground to its verbal commitments: Russia appears to have...

    Still Waiting for Trump’s Russia Reset
    Mar09

    Still Waiting for Trump’s Russia Reset

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin on Tuesday, and according to the readout, the new administration intends to toe the line on Ukraine and uphold sanctions against Russia. RFE/RL: Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement after the meeting that Tillerson told Klimkin the U.S. sanctions...

    Bernie Sanders’s Nightmare
    Mar08

    Bernie Sanders’s Nightmare

    The British journal The Spectator muses that Donald Trump has driven the liberal press in America crazy. The inmates of this particular subculture cannot believe that this election occurred in real time and that the parade of Trump and his underlings, which forces itself on our attention every time we switch on our TVs, is a collection of real...

    The Hit Is In Against Dmitry Medvedev
    Mar07

    The Hit Is In Against Dmitry Medvedev

    An explosive exposé alleging Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was deeply corrupt blew up on the Russian internet last week. Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation published a report and a movie (with English subtitles) that link Medvedev to an impressive number of residences, yachts and even two vineyards, both in Russia and...

    American Adversaries Test Trump
    Mar07

    American Adversaries Test Trump

    After a dangerous encounter between U.S. and Iranian vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, the Washington Post is picking up on a pattern of provocations from Tehran: Swift-moving Iranian vessels came dangerously close to a U.S. Navy surveillance ship in the Strait of Hormuz over the weekend, U.S. officials said Monday.The apparent harassment of the...

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