Why the Russian Military Is Reaching Into the Arctic
In the summer of 2007, Russia planted a flag on the seabed of the North Pole. Russian state television covered the event as a submersible packed with explorers and Kremlin officials descended to the depths of the Arctic and laid claim over its potential resources for Russia. Canada complained, but... Read more
Fearing Russian Influence, Ukraine Bans a Social Media Site
Ukraine is blacklisting the country’s most popular social network VKontakte, email provider Mail.Ru and a host of other companies — all because they’re Russian businesses. Pres. Petro Poroshenko updated the official sanctions list, banning more than 400 companies from doing business for three years in the Ukraine. The government... Read more
Russia Wants to Put a 76-Millimeter Cannon on an Icebreaker
Russia has by far the largest icebreaker fleet in the world with a total of more than 40 publicly and privately owned, including six nuclear-powered icebreakers all capable of punching through Arctic sea ice. It’s also building new ones after a delay of more than four decades, launching the... Read more
Russian Warplanes Gathered Over Moscow to Honor World War II Dead
Silence cloaked Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2017. You could hear the cold air moving between the ranks of silent soldiers standing at attention. Their tanks, missile launchers and artillery sat motionless. The quiet continued for 60 seconds. A tribute to the millions of lives the Soviet... Read more
The U.S. Military Can Learn a Lot From the Red Army
What do you do when your army is destroyed, over and over again? For Russia in the mid-20th century, the best answer was “build a new army.” Between 1918 and 1942, Russia’s army was torn down and rebuilt four times: once at the end of World War I, once... Read more
Countering Russian Mendacity on Syria
The views presented below are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Defense or its components. Discussing Russian mendacity is like arguing that water is wet. Regardless, an understanding of the Kremlin’s claims regarding the war in Syria is necessary... Read more
Russia’s Use of Thermobaric Rockets Worsened the 2004 Beslan Siege
On April 13, 2017, the European Court of Human Rights found Russian forces “failed” to protect civilian lives in their handling of the hostage-taking crisis in Beslan in 2004 that ended in a fiery massacre. It might seem strange that a tragedy that occurred more than a decade ago in... Read more
Turkey Is Quite Eager to Buy Russian Anti-Aircraft Missiles
Turkey is presently in the “final stage” of talks to purchase sophisticated long-range S-400 air defense missiles from Russia the country’s defense minister. Work on the S-400 has reached a final point. “But the final stage does not mean ‘let’s sign a deal tomorrow morning,’” Defense Minister Fikri Işik... Read more
Russia’s Banged-Up Aircraft Carrier Prepares for Her Upgrade
Russia’s rusty aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has been back at her home port near Murmansk since February following a 2016 combat deployment off the Syrian coast. Kuznetsov took a beating from heavy use and what’s next is a long-awaited refit, of which we now have a few details. First... Read more
The Russian Battleship ‘Imperator Aleksandr III’ Traded Hands Six Times
Imperator Aleksandr III was the third ship of the Imperatritsa Mariya class, a group of dreadnoughts built in the Black Sea and designed to fight the Ottoman Navy. The warship was initially named for Emperor Alexander III, who had succeeded to the throne of Russia upon the assassination of... Read more
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