Russia Ramps Up Pressure Against Kremlin Critics

May 05, 2021

Visibly weakened following a hunger strike in prison yet full of his usual verve, Alexei Navalny appeared before a court via videoconference on April 29 to appeal his fine for the defamation of a World War II veteran just as branches of his Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) were being shuttered...

Russia’s Denials of Navalny’s Poisoning Fall on Deaf Ears

August 28, 2020

The Russian government has said it will not investigate the poisoning of the opposition politician and anti-corruption investigator Alexei Navalny until there is evidence of a crime. Navalny, who is 44, collapsed during a flight to Moscow after drinking a cup of tea at Tomsk airport on August 20....

Following Russia Would Lead Europe Back to 1914

May 24, 2019

Vladimir Putin’s divide-and-conquer strategy has attracted a dyspeptic band of right-wing populists, euroskeptics and neo-Nazis, who will likely capture a large share in the European Parliament elections this week. Europe is voting in the much-anticipated elections this week to elect a new...

Was That Friendly Whale a Russian Spy?

May 02, 2019

A beluga whale on a suspected spy mission off the coast of Norway adds to the ongoing Western narrative of Russian intelligence services expanding their global reach. When it comes to animal welfare and spying, Russia has few competitors in grabbing the headlines. The Russian government faced...

The British Empire Strikes Back

February 13, 2019

Gavin Williamson, the UK defense secretary, will turn a liberated Britain into a lethal weapon. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. Whereas nearly every commentator has been emphasizing the likely negative and disastrous consequences of Brexit — including penuries of food and medicine,...

Lindsey Graham Wants MBS “Dealt With”

January 22, 2019

Is Lindsey Graham the moralizer-in-chief of the Republican Party or has he stepped into the role of devious consigliere and enforcer within Trump’s mafia? Middle East Eye informs us that Senator Lindsey Graham has not relented in his paradoxical campaign to impeach not his friend and idol,...

The Case for Better Deterrents for Russian Hostilities in Ukraine

November 28, 2018

Ukraine’s democratic progress is fragile, and there is a risk that domestic opposition could manifest itself in an ugly manner independently of Russia. Russia’s November 26 attack on the Ukrainian navy in the Kerch Strait off the coast of Crimea, followed by Kyiv’s imposition of martial...

Assassins Without Borders

October 19, 2018

The Saudi government probably felt that it could get away with this assassination of Jamal Khashoggi because of its close relationship with the Trump administration. Russia, North Korea and Saudi Arabia are the latest members of a select international club. Assassins Without Borders has roots that...

Novichok Suspects: Russia’s Culture-Loving Assassins

September 17, 2018

The new Russian terror is a lesson in the value of freedom. It is also a lesson in the current weakness of the West.  No one believes that Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, who have been identified by the British police as suspects in the poisoning of a former Russia spy Sergei Skripal and...

Europe Must Face Down Russia’s Security Threat

July 24, 2018

Building resilience within Western societies must constitute a new priority. “Fear isn't so difficult to understand. After all, weren't we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of...

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