Congress is determined to impose heavier and tighter economic sanctions upon Russia. It looks like President Trump may have little alternative but agreeing to them given the strength of anti-Russian sentiment in both houses. These adverse conditions are really the long term consequence of the failed re-set of relations with Moscow by the Obama administration … Continue reading What Retaliation Against US Sanctions?
Month: July 2017
Stalin and Putin
Anyone travelling by cab in the Soviet Union during the years of stagnation under the late and unlamented Leonid Brezhnev (1964-1982) will recall the driver bemoaning the passing of Stalin (1953). Nowadays we can follow public opinion with greater certainty via the late Yuri Levada's pollsters at VTsIOM. It has not invariably matched all western … Continue reading Stalin and Putin
Russian Foreign Ministry Hacked
On 29 June more than 100 officials at the Russian Foreign Ministry were subjected to a "pfishing" expedition using a compromised account from the Russian embassy in Iran with an IP address from Hungary. The message directed recipients to respond to a fake address that replicated a form of authorisation used within the Foreign Ministry. … Continue reading Russian Foreign Ministry Hacked
Fed on a thin diet of knowledge about Russian power exclusively from mainstream media in the United States or from the Chairman of its Senate Armed Services Committee, you could be forgiven for believing that we are all in imminent danger. This is the inevitable result of the sustained resistance to Donald Trump's presidency. But … Continue reading Russian Insecurity