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Putin's Russia

The Guardian reports on the public inquiry into the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, a crime which could only have been committed by people with access to the kind of high-level, high-tech support that is normally the preserve of national Governments. Show More Summary

Imperial Restoration: Russia’s Foreign Policy Imperatives

Russia must restore preponderance in its "near abroad" in order to satisfy its insecurity complex.

Spy vs. Nonspy in Putin’s Russia

The ring of suspected intelligence operatives’ use of journalists tells you everything you need to know about the Kremlin’s paranoia.

Ukrainian War Causes Problems for new Russian Frigates

The Ukrainian military equipment embargo to Russia could cause delays in the construction of the Russian Navy’s new class of frigates and slow a planned modernization effort of Russia’s northern fleet, according to a Monday report in...Show More Summary

Putin’s ally handed over $3 billion contract to build Russian bridge to Crimea

Russia has handed a multi-billion dollar contract to build a bridge to the Crimea peninsula to an ally and former judo partner of Vladimir Putin who is under Western sanctions. A government order published on Friday named Stroygazmontazh (SGM) as the contractor to build the bridge spanning the Kerch Strait to link Russia’s mainland and […]

Close Friend Of Putin Awarded Contract For Crimea Bridge

14 hours agoNews : The Two-Way

The span to be built across a narrow strait that separates Russia from the newly annexed peninsula, is pegged at $3 billion and scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.

Why the West's Strategy of Containing an 'Aggressive' Putin Is Misplaced

Since the March 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea and the initial forays of Russian military forces into Eastern Ukraine, Western policymakers, academics and media figures have frequently depicted Russia as an aggressive power and Putin as a belligerent statesman who seeks to destabilize the international system to maximize Russian power. Show More Summary

Morgan Stanley thinks Russia's doomed

Morgan Stanley has a short message for Russia: you're doomed. This past week hasn't been easy for the Russian economy: on Thursday, the EU foreign ministers decided to extend the sanctions on Russia by 6 months. Additionally, the Central...Show More Summary

Gold Logs Biggest Month Gain In Years, India, Russia Demand Up; Oil Pops

Precious metals were staging a comeback after Thursday’s dramatic selloff, with gold rising nearly 2% on Friday. Gold settled up 0.7%, to $1,264 an ounce, helped by lower-than-expected U.S. GDP growth. Gold is up 6.8% in January, the biggest monthly gain since July 2013. In addition, India overtook China as the world’s biggest buyer of gold [...]

Putin is playing out his childhood nightmare

The Russian president is stepping up both the war in Ukraine and his confrontational rhetoric against NATO and the West In a book of interviews published when he first became Russia's president, Vladimir Putin told a story of his early scares: a rat he had cornered had nowhere to go and jumped out at him. Show More Summary

Russian central bank makes surprise interest rate cut

Russia's central bank unexpectedly cut its main interest rate on Friday as fears of recession mount in the country following the fall in global oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis... The move implies a shift in the...Show More Summary

Today's Headlines

Bloomberg: Germany Warns Greece Against Isolation as Tsipras Shunned. Greece’s government risks isolation in the European Union by threatening to break ranks on sanctions against Russia and ditch its bailout deal, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s minister for European affairs said. Show More Summary

World War 3 Preps? Vladimir Putin Says Russia Will Boast Superior Military Until At Least 2020

Is Russia preparing for World War 3? Vladimir Putin claims his nation will boast “military superiority” over the West until at least 2020. Putin is allegedly moving ahead with plans to enhance Russia’s nuclear arsenal despite recession prompted by decreasing oil prices and sanctions levied by the United States. Show More Summary

Gorbachev: US Pulled Russia Into New Cold War That Could Turn 'Hot'

``"I can no longer say that this Cold War will not lead to a ‘Hot War.' I fear that they could risk it," Gorbachev said, referring to the United States. "All you hear is about sanctions towards Russia from America and the European Union. Have they totally lost their heads? The U.S. has been totally 'lost in the jungle' and is dragging us there as well."''

Cool graphic shows the evolution of Russia's next-generation fighter jet

17 hours agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Here's the roadmap for Russia's T-50 PAK-FA, the fifth generation multirole fighter that will get the designation Su-50once it gets into production on January 2016. The nemesis to the American F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II will fly with the flag of Russia, South Korea, India and Iran. Here's the timeline. Read more...

Russian Bombers Intercepted Over English Channel

A photo taken in October and provided by Britain’s Royal Air Force shows a Russian “Bear” bomber (NPR) Russian nuclear-capable bombers were intercepted over the English Channel this week. CNN reported: Russia’s ambassador to Britain was summoned to the UK’s … Continue reading ?

President Truman announces development of H-bomb in 1950

President Truman orders the creation of the hydrogen bomb as precautionary measure against Communist Russia in the shadow of the Cold War.

10 crazy facts about Russia [Infographic]

Back in 1939, Winston Churchill famously remarked that R ussia was "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." For most people, his words ring true to this day. Although Russia is the largest country in the world and has the eighth-largest...Show More Summary

Ford Motor Company (F) Bullish In Russia Market For Mid-, Long-Term

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is remaining confident in its prospects in the Russian market for the medium- and long-term, Robert Shanks, executive vice president and chief financial officer, said in an interview on CNBC. Russia has been suffering recently amplified by cheap gas and Shanks was admittedly unsure whether the market will rebound in the […]

Walking in Auschwitz, Amid the Weeds and Memories

In honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, here is one more reflection: In the summer of 1995 I was ending a long, difficult live-in relationship with my boss and was on a two-month assignment in Russia and Eastern Europe writing a guidebook. Show More Summary

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