A new Internet law forbids disrespect, a potential nuclear arms crisis and Russia rounds up undercover agents

– On March 4th, Russian ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov warned that arms control was “in crisis” and claimed that “some politicians and generals in Washington” were beginning to think about nuclear war. Both countries have suspended observation of … Continue reading A new Internet law forbids disrespect, a potential nuclear arms crisis and Russia rounds up undercover agents

Russia suspends observation of INF treaty, and polar bears bother remote Russian island

– On January 27th, the world’s so-called oldest ever person, Koku Istambulova, died at the age of either 129 or 130, in Chechnya. Her identification document, issued in 2003, states that she was born in 1889, however, no other evidence … Continue reading Russia suspends observation of INF treaty, and polar bears bother remote Russian island

Council of Europe and the Russian Question

The Russian Question and the Council of Europe: where is the conflict headed?

In anticipation of the upcoming winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which will take place in Strasbourg between 21-25 January, Anastasia Dmitrichenko discusses why Russia may leave the Council of Europe (CoE) and why … Continue reading The Russian Question and the Council of Europe: where is the conflict headed?

Russia-Ukraine tensions rise in the Black Sea and Putin’s Stasi card discovered in an archive

– 1st December – At the end of November, Russian Navy forces attacked and seized three Ukrainian Navy vessels in the Black Sea. As a result of this, the Ukrainian Government voted to impose martial law for 30 days in … Continue reading Russia-Ukraine tensions rise in the Black Sea and Putin’s Stasi card discovered in an archive

Kremlin-aide front runner denied Interpol top job and Putin visits France for World War I Armistice

– 1st November – A teen boy, identified as Mikhail Zhlobitsky, has died after detonating explosive devices in the FSB’s headquarters in Arkhangelsk. Three officers were also hurt in the blast, but there were no other fatalities. The teen identified … Continue reading Kremlin-aide front runner denied Interpol top job and Putin visits France for World War I Armistice

United Russia’s support is dwindling and a school shooter kills 21 in Crimea

– 5th of October – After the expulsion of two Russian spies from the Netherlands in September, analysts are warning that the Kremlin and Putin will not relax their spying techniques. The spies were arrested and extradited to Russia after … Continue reading United Russia’s support is dwindling and a school shooter kills 21 in Crimea