Russia and Former Soviet Union

  • CAN ARMENIA AND TURKEY MAKE UP

    - Mar 16, 2019
    Little more than 100 years after the Ottoman Turks killed about 1.5 million of the empire’s Armenian citizens, Turkey’s president tweeted in Armenian. On Friday March 7th, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan surprised Twitter users with...
  • RUSSIAGATE BEGAN WITH SNOWDEN

    - Mar 16, 2019
    The ability of Russian intelligence agencies to penetrate and attack US systems, including the Presidential election that elected Donald Trump, was enhanced by the debriefings in Moscow of Edward Snowden, a man still regarded in many...
  • TRUMP SOLD WEAPONS TO UKRAINE TO SHUT DOWN MANAFORT PROSECUTION

    - Mar 16, 2019
    The Trump Administration bartered the sale of lethal weapons to Ukraine to bury a potentially damaging investigation of his former campaign manager Paul Manafort. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency announced late on Thursday February 1...
  • CHRISTIANS IN KAZAKHSTAN FINED FOR PRAYING WITHOUT PERMISSION

    - Mar 16, 2019
    Anti-terrorism officers assisted by local police raided two Baptist house churches in Taraz, Kazakhstan, during worship services on Feb. 10 and 17, fining the worshippers for conducting prayers without government permission. Three people were fined between one...
  • RUSSIA TO SEND DELINQUENT YOUTH FOR RE-EDUCATION

    - Mar 16, 2019
    Russia plans to send delinquent youngsters to military-patriotic re-education camps and to install special software blocking banned websites in schools, the head of Russia’s Security Council has said. President Vladimir Putin created a patriotic directorate inside the Russian...
  • PUTIN’S APPROVAL RATING AT RECORD LOW

    - Oct 28, 2018
    After 18 years in power, Vladimir Putin is finally meeting his political match: babushkas. The 66-year-old Russian president has seen his approval rating plummet this year. From 82% in April, it fell to 66% in October, according to independent pollster...
  • WHY DERIPASKA WAS TARGETED

    - Oct 27, 2018
    US sanctions against the Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska, an influential supporter of President Putin, were imposed primarily because his companies have been manufacturing aluminium powder for military purposes. The new tough sanctions ban Americans from dealing...
  • CAN’T BUY ME LOVE: VIKTOR VEKSELBERG’S INFLUENCE PEDDLING OPERATION FALLS SHORT

    - Oct 26, 2018
    When President Putin grants an audience to his compliant Oligarchs, Viktor Vekselberg is usually high up in the queue to kiss the ring.  The mining magnate knows which nationalist buttons to press.  In 2004 Vekselberg demonstrated...
  • TRUMP BUSINESS PARTNER LAUNDERED MONEY FOR KAZAKH OLIGARCH

    - Feb 28, 2018
    A convicted fraudster and former business partner of President Trump is co-operating with a high profile US money laundering investigation which implicates the notorious Kazakh Oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov. Felix Sater, who was a senior adviser to...
  • ARMENIA’S DEMOCRATIC AWAKENING

    - Feb 28, 2018
    What just happened in my country is likely making autocrats around the world nervous. I have worked on democracy programs in Armenia for 20 years. But even I was surprised when so many of my fellow...