What are the Russians Cooking in Libya?

The liberal Novaya gazeta, having already aired private revelations about him in its pages on Thursday, has today drawn attention to a video recording the presence of President Putin's favourite restaurateur, owner of Concord Catering, Evgenii Prigozhin, seated to the left of Defence Minister Shoigu in a meeting with the head of the Libyan military. Indicted … Continue reading What are the Russians Cooking in Libya?

Russia and the Impasse on Arms Control

The article published yesterday in Vzglyad ru on theatre nuclear weapons systems - 'Kak predatel'stvo Gorbacheva porodilo unikal'nyi raketnyi kompleks' - reminds us once again that Russia  pays excessive attention to matters military. It always has. The Soviet Union could never afford to outspend the United States in an arms race, as Mikhail Gorbachev found … Continue reading Russia and the Impasse on Arms Control

Censorship or Self-Censorship on GRU?

The impact of an informational hurricane sweeping into Russia from the West in reaction to widespread GRU cyberwarfare operations directed at the NATO countries is still reverberating through Moscow. On 7 October Nezavisimaya Gazeta's chief economic editor, Mikhail Sergeev, published a strongly worded article entitled "Military intelligence has become an economic factor." Indeed, it has. … Continue reading Censorship or Self-Censorship on GRU?

305 GRU Officers Outed: Inadvertent Openness by Russian Intelligence

The sensational news today is the result of investigations following on from the arrest of four grushniki (GRU operatives) who, on 13 April this year, parked their car at the back of a Marriot Hotel  loaded with interception equipment to target the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an intergovernmental institution in The Hague, … Continue reading 305 GRU Officers Outed: Inadvertent Openness by Russian Intelligence