Moscow has been making every effort to legitimize the annexation of Crimea for several years. Varieties of methods are used. For example, dubious structures like “Friends of Crimea” are being created (it promotes the idea of some “Russian realities on the Peninsula,” I wonder which exactly - the lack of water, the ecological disaster caused by sulfuric acid air pollution in Armyansk or the garbage pyramids?). These are some “public tribunals” (once created for terrorist purposes, but were plundered). These are the voyages of European politicians (bought by Russia, by the way, relatively inexpensively) to the territory of the occupied Peninsula.
Russia has been losing its grip on the former Soviet republics it aims to bring under the Kremlin’s sphere of influence. Recent crises in Belarus, Central Asia, and the Caucasus region have made it difficult for President Vladimir Putin’s image as a master tactician of global power.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the main focus in his address will be on the global challenge the COVID-19 is posing. At the same time, he will remain silent on Russia having become another major challenge to the international community in the time of crisis. While the whole world is fighting the pandemic, Moscow tried to push through the UN General Assembly its version of the Declaration of Solidarity in the face of the challenges posed by COVID-19, where the idea of lifting international sanctions off itself and its satellites was on among high-profile theses. Thus, from the UN rostrum, the Russian Federation tried to spread the narrative that, in the face of a common deadly threat, the West should forget about sanctions and turn a blind eye to Russian aggression against Ukraine, forget about the problems of Donbas and Crimea, and unite with the Kremlin. And if not, then it's the U.S. and EU who will be responsible for new corona victims.
On September 8, Russian defense chief Sergei Shoigu chaired a conference call with the Russian defense ministry leadership. Media said the minister focused on the upcoming international large-scale Caucasus-2020 military-strategic exercises, set to be held in the Southern Military District, on the territory of Chechnya, Dagestan and North Ossetia starting September 21. He also touched upon athletic records set at ARMI-2020 international games.
US relations with Russia have plummeted nearly to Cold War levels and a series of latest events and accusations have come as a stark reminder of the Russian state’s assertive actions abroad, from military operations in the Middle East to alleged election-meddling in the West. The US officials are closely watching Russia’s actions to prepare the right response which will likely make it even harder to repair Russia’s frayed ties with America. On July 9th, following reports of Russian bounties on American soldiers in Afghanistan, Congressman Max Rose introduced the Stopping Malign Actions from Russian Terrorism (SMART) Act with Congresswoman Kendra Horn of Oklahoma to require the US Department of State to determine if the Russian Federation should be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism.
On July 17, 2014, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was downed over Donbas. All 298 passengers and crew members were killed. Less than a month later, a Joint Investigation Team was formed allowing criminal investigators from the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Belgium and Ukraine to start the investigation. After the investigation was completed, the trial started in the Netherlands in March 2020. Investigation identified what weapons were used to bring down the Boeing, where they came from, where the launch site was and who the suspects are. Russia denies its involvement in the tragedy. Read on for details.
Hopes that a pandemic-weakened Russia will want to end the war in Ukraine are largely disappointed. Even though Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has slumped to its lowest level since he came to power 20 years ago amid the COVID-19 pandemic, his plans to destabilize the situation in Ukraine are still alive. The Kremlin’s hybrid war against Ukraine remains at heart of Russian foreign policy.
Over the time, the Victory Parade has lost its true sense, having become Putin's political PR aimed to show to the whole world the power of Russian army as a force to be reckoned with. The world has long become a different place so no one is afraid anymore of Russians showcasing their obsolete weapons.
Russia's decision to hold a traditional military parade on Moscow's Red Square is nothing but "victory obscurantism" amid the coronavirus spike and a demonstration of Kremlin's "military prowess" to divert the attention of ordinary Russians from own social problems.
Russian mercenaries from Wagner PMC who are fighting in Libya on the side of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar desecrated Niffati Mosque in Ein Zara in south of Tripoli https://igtds.org/2020/06/mosque-vandalized-by-russians-in-libya-wagner-group-neo-nazis-on-the-side-of-khalifa-haftar
Upon hearing from the West a firm ‘no’ regarding the lifting of sanctions, Russia hasn’t abandoned attempts to find a way to settle the issue that’s long become a real nuisance. Until now, Russian propaganda masterminds mostly focused their efforts this end on a massive campaign aimed to raise international outcry, claiming that “sanctions hinder the fight against the corona”, trying to win hearts of certain EU member states, including through providing “humanitarian” assistance to the corona-struck Italy, while at the same time seeking to secure the adoption of the relevant resolution of the UN General Assembly.
W czasie, gdy większość krajów podejmuje kroki w celu przeciwdziałania rozprzestrzenianiu się pandemii COVID-19 i stabilizacji gospodarek narodowych, Federacja Rosyjska nadal realizuje swoje imperialne ambicje i wykorzystując e obecną sytuację epidemiologiczną w celu doprowadzenia do pogorszenia stosunków jak w ramach UE i NATO tak i pomiędzy nimi.
Kiev Russian President Vladimir Putin is now in the 20th year of his reign and shows no signs of leaving the throne. Ever. He served two four-year terms as president from 2000 to 2008 and a single four-year stint as prime minister while a seat-warmer (Dmitry Medvedev) held the president’s office from 2008 to 2012. The former KGB lieutenant colonel then returned to the president’s chair for a “new” first term from 2012 to 2018. He is currently two years into the second of two six-year terms as president that will, in theory anyway, end in 2024. For the uninitiated, the Russian constitution was written in the waning days of the Soviet Union and originally forbad a president from serving more than two consecutive terms—and when the document was first written, those terms were limited to four years. As the end of Putin’s second term approached, there was a palpable sense of panic within the Kremlin ruling apparatus—the overpowering fear that Putin would leave office and the cabal of former KGB officers and other associates around him would lose control over the country.
Russia is officially threatening an Italian newspaper over the report revealing the true objective of the Russian military team deployed in Italy. The analysis of documentary material confirms the conclusions made by La Stampa on the intelligence-driven nature of the Russian mission, which is being concealed under the pretext of “assistance” in fighting the novel coronavirus.
Over the past 24 hours, from March 31 to April 1, Russia officially reported 440 new coronavirus cases (although few still believe the official data released there), which brings the total count to 2,777 with 24 deaths. Meanwhil, preparations are ongoing for the May 9 Victory Parade on Red Square, with a large-scale rehearsal being part of it. Despite the rapidly developing pandemic, the scale of which in Russia has been concealed for several months, tas well as the lack of necessary equipment, medications and professionals to fight the coronavirus, Moscow is not suspending its propaganda projects. And it’s pretty clear that Victory Day parade is not about paying tribute to the Soviet soldiers killed in World War II but primarily the propaganda stunt to promote the “greatness” of the Russian army. Today, a video of a major rehearsal was posted on social networks, shocking users.