Staunton, June 4 – Something unusual has happened in Russia while most of its residents follow events in the US backing for one reason or another the American powers that be or the demonstrators in the streets: One Russian politician has picked up on the BlackLivesMatter hashtag to promote an analogous #RussianLivesMatter one. In the midst of all the usual comments about events in the US, Roman Popkov says, there has been only a single example of “a logical and ideologically and morally based position.” It is offered by Mikhail Svetov of the Civic Society movement who notes that “our police kill and torture us Russians” (mbk-news.appspot.com/sences/russianlivesmatter/). The new hashtag has become “the main trend of the Russian-

Staunton, June 4 – Two days ago, Vladimir Putin went public about the conditions under which Moscow would use nuclear weapons, including a first strike against countries where there were no such weapons but a concentration of forces that could be used against the Russian Federation. The nuclear strategy document the Kremlin leader signed specifies that Russia may employ nuclear weapons against other countries that use weapons of mass destruction against it or even countries without such weapons but having large concentrations of conventional forces directed against Russia (rosbalt.ru/russia/2020/06/02/1846766.html). Such a document almost certainly has existed for some time, but the Kremlin has kept it secret, independent

Staunton, June 5 – The Norilsk oil spill is the first of what promises to be a long line of technogenic disasters in the Russian north that are the result of global warming, environmental experts say. But instead of addressing that underlying problem, the Kremlin is casting about for someone specific to blame and redistributing property (versia.ru/razliv-topliva-v-norilske-mozhet-stat-nachalom-serii-texnogennyx-katastrof-v-rossijskoj-arktike). Indeed, such disasters have long been predicted by experts. Nearly two years ago, the Russian government released a 900-page report saying the melting of the permafrost in the North threatens key infrastructure including oil and gas pipelines. (For the full report, see mnr.gov.ru/upload/iblock/4c6/

The Kremlin has been emboldened by its successful attack on the 2016 election, and is coming back for more. Here's everything you need to know: Will Russia interfere again? It never stopped. The Russian trolls and military hackers who undermined U.S. democracy in 2016 have continued their efforts to confuse and divide Americans, all U.S. intelligence agencies agree. As November approaches, the Kremlin is engaged in a multi-front cyberattack. Russia deployed social media bots to boost Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, U.S. officials said, and last week, the National Security Agency announced that a hacking group called Sandworm — part of the Russian military unit that stole 50,000 Democratic National

Зачем Владимир Путин принял ядерную доктрину? Позволит ли ему страх за самого себя нанести ядерный удар по Украине и странам Балтии? 2 июня вступил в силу указ президента России Владимира Путина №355 от 2 июня 2020 года "Об основах государственной политики Российской Федерации в области ядерного сдерживания". Ранее этот документ выходил под грифом "секретно". Но теперь, после размещения в открытом доступе, его значение вышло за пределы обозначенной в нем темы. Особое внимание хотелось-бы обратить на отдельные зарисовки этого документа, позволяющие раскрыть суть не только военно-политических замыслов Путина, но и его страхов. Основная суть цели государственной политики Путина по использованию ядерного оружия раскрыта в пункте 4, где, помимо прочего, целью ядерного сдерживания названо

Large Russian businesses actively work abroad, transferring non-transparent Russian business practices to other countries. Bulgaria seems to be an easy target for that. The country with a socialist past and deep historical, political, and economic connections with Russia has its own tradition of corruption. It has the highest level of corruption among all the EU states and shows little progress even after 13 years of being part of the Union. Logically it provides favorable ground for Russian malign influence to spread into business and politics in Bulgaria. Alisa Volkova, a political analyst at The Free Russia Foundation, describes how large Russian businesses successfully establish close connections with local politicians in order to

Болгария оказалась легкой мишенью для крупного российского бизнеса, который активно внедряет в других странах привычные для себя непрозрачные схемы ведения дел. У Болгарии же — страны с социалистическим прошлым и глубокими историческими, политическими и экономическими связями с Россией — есть собственные традиции коррупции. Уровень коррупции здесь самый высокий в ЕС, и за 13 лет пребывания в Евросоюзе значительного прогресса в борьбе с этим явлением страна не достигла. Аналитик Free Russia Foundation Алиса Волкова объясняет, как крупный российский бизнес, в первую очередь ВТБ и «Лукойл», налаживая тесные связи с болгарскими политиками, усиливает

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