• Russia sends military advisors to Central African Republic

    300 Russian military instructors have been sent to the Central African Republic, RIA Novosti reports, citing a representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The Russians will train soldiers of the CAR national army.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that the purpose of the mission is to “assist" in strengthening the defense capability of the Central African Republic (CAR). The ministry added that the advisers were requested by the leadership of the republic.

    "The relevant notice has …

  • Columbia expels two Russian diplomats for espionage

    Colombian authorities have expelled two Russian diplomats from the country, reported the newspaper El Tiempo with reference to the director of Columbia’s immigration service Juan Francisco Espinosa.

    "On December 8, two Russian citizens who worked at this country’s embassy on our territory left the country," he said.

    According to him, these persons were expelled for interstate reasons. "Given the circumstances in which these two people leave, they will not be able to return to the country in …

  • Navalny tricks Russian FSB agent into confessing to botched attempt on his life

    Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny spoke on the phone with Konstantin Kudryavtsev who is believed to be involved in the attempt on Navalny’s life. The politician called Kudryavtsev impersonating as am Assistant of the Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev. Navalny published a recording of the conversation on his YouTube channel.

    A joint investigation of journalists from The Insider, Bellingcat and CNN with the participation of Der Spiegel, revealed that the FSB operative …

  • Russia expands reciprocal sanctions against EU representatives due to Navalny poisoning

    Russia has expanded the sanctions lists of representatives of EU countries in response to EU sanctions imposed due to the poisoning of the well-known Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny. "On the basis of the principle of reciprocity, it was decided to expand the list of representatives of EU member states, which are prohibited from entering the territory of the Russian Federation. It includes those who are involved in the intensification of anti-Russian sanctions activity within the EU," …

  • Russian Defense Minister proposes building military medical center in annexed Crimea

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu has proposed building a multidisciplinary medical center in annexed Sevastopol, reported on his Facebook page the head of the Ukrainian project "Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies" Andrii Klymenko.

    Addressing the Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian Defense Minister said that about 150,000 military and their families live in Sevastopol.

    "There is currently no decent medical institution," he said.

    According to Klymenko, statements of  …

  • Russian mercenaries suffer defeat in Central African Republic

    Three rebel groups in the Central African Republic (CAR), which formed an anti-government coalition,  seized the administrative centre of Lobaye Prefecture, the city of Mbaïki.

    According to Corbeau News, the rebels, who are trying to prevent the re-election of the country's president Faustin-Archange Touadéra for a second term, have overrun the CAR Armed Forces, supported by mercenaries from the Russian private military company the Wagner Group.

    As a result, the rebels took under their …

  • Russia to build over-the-horizon radar in annexed Crimea

    Next year, Russia is going to build a radar station in annexed Crimea, RIA Novosti reports.

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu announced such plans during the Defense Ministry’s expanded panel to discuss new projects for 2021.

    "To start work on the construction of the Yakhroma radar in Sevastopol and individual sites of over-the-horizon detection of air targets in Kaliningrad and Zeya (Amur region)," Shoygu said.

    In February 2014, armed people in uniforms without insignias appeared in …

  • Russia approves $1 billion loan for Belarus

    The Russian government has approved a draft agreement to provide Belarus with a $1 billion loan in 2020-2021.

    "To approve the draft agreement between the Russian government and the government of The Republic of Belarus, agreed with the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and the state development corporation VEB.RF, on granting a state financial loan," reads the document signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

    According to the document, Russia …

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina opens investigation into how a Ukrainian icon was presented to Russian Foreign Minister

    The Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina has opened a criminal case because of an ancient Ukrainian icon, which the former president of the Republika Srpska, the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik gave to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, reports the newspaper Dnevni avaz reference to the prosecutor's office.

    On December 14, Lavrov officially visited Sarajevo. The visit was marred by scandal, as two members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina refused to …

  • Bulgaria expels sixth Russian diplomat over espionage

    Bulgaria has declared persona non grata a Russian military attache who works at the Russian Embassy in Sofia. The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the diplomat must leave the country within 72 hours.

    According to the Bulgarian Prosecutor's Office, he collected information that constitutes state secrets, in particular, about the number of U.S. troops stationed in Bulgaria.

    According to the website of the Russian Embassy, the position of military attaché is occupied by Vasily …