Russia Eyes Opportunities in Ties With Turkey

August 12, 2016

Russia considers Turkey to be a combination of threats and opportunities and has tried to reduce those threats by making the most of the opportunities. The speed of fluctuations in ties between Russia and Turkey over the past year has been one of the most thought-provoking phenomena amid rapid...

The View From the Kremlin Window

August 09, 2016

Despite popular thinking, the view from Moscow is of a Russia in decline. The lowest point in the fortunes of Russia since the Mongol invasion had been the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which was forced on the Russians by the Germans on March 3, 1918. Today, it is worse. Russia is back behind...

The Fallacies of Russia’s Apologists

April 02, 2014

There is simply no justification for Russia's invasion and annexation of Crimea. The erroneous rationalization offered for Russia's annexation of Crimea proceeds along one or more of the following lines: 1: The US, NATO and other Western governments left Vladimir Putin and Russia no...

Human Trafficking In and Out of Russia

September 08, 2013

Russia has developed into a major hub for human trafficking. The Russian Federation is the largest country in the world, stretching from Europe to the Pacific, and is a massive landmass for the origin, transit and destination of women, men and children who are trafficked into forced labor. In the...

The Subversive Sochi Winter Olympics 2014

August 07, 2013

Political turmoil in the North Caucasus threatens to mar the Sochi Winter Olympics. On July 3, the leader of the Chechen terrorist group "Emirate Caucasus," Doku Umarov, released a video where he urged his supporters to disrupt the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi. In his video, he calls the games a...

What India’s New Defence Procurement Procedure Means for Russia

June 12, 2013

Russia may find it difficult to sell arms to its old ally and buyer India amid tightening defence procurement rules. By Rajeev Sharma India has promulgated a new Defence Procurement Procedure 2013 with effect from June 1, 2013. While the policy is aimed at laying a strong emphasis on promoting...

Russian NGOs: Civil Society Goes Global

May 21, 2013

As the “anti-blasphemy” bill passes the State Duma, prison sentences and fines for public insults and humiliation of divine services, as well as believers’ feelings, have become real. With the Russian state becoming increasingly anachronistic and failing to deliver on its promise...