• Leaked report warns Russian weapons are more powerful than their British counterparts

    According to leaked documents, a British military study has determined that Russian weapons, including missile defense systems and artillery, are more powerful than their British equivalents, The Guardian reported.

    The report, which was seen by The Times, noted that the UK and its NATO allies are “scrambling to catch up” with Russia’s electronic warfare capabilities.

    The report, which was produced in March by General Sir Nick Carter, outlined how Russia uses Ukraine as a testing ground for …

  • Russian FSB claims to have thwarted terrorist attack in Crimea prepared by Ukrainian intelligence

    The Russian FSB claims to have thwarted a terrorist attack in the Crimea prepared by Ukrainian military intelligence, TV Dozhd reported. The Russian intelligence service reported that one of its agents was killed in a raid on a premises where homemade bombs, guns, ammunition, mines, and grenades were found.

    “As a result of search operations on the night from August 6 to August 7, 2016, a group of saboteurs was discovered near the town of Armyansk in the Crimean Republic. An FSB officer died as …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence: Separatists received radio-electronic warfare systems from Russia

    On August 9, R-330 Zhitel and Leer-3 radio-electronic jamming systems from the Separate Military Unit of Electronic Warfare (Donetsk) of the 1st Army Corps were deployed from Donetsk towards the line of contact in the Donbas, the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported. In addition, a deployment of weapons, military equipment, oil and lubricants was recorded from Russian territory.

    According to intelligence, between August 5 and August 7, four rail cars …

  • Poll: Russians are becoming less sympathetic towards Putin

    Residents of Russia have become less sympathetic to Vladimir Putin, but continue to treat him with confidence, according to a study conducted by the Levada Center and published on their website on Monday, August 8, 2016.

    According to the researchers, in July of this year, 29% of respondents said that they have a sympathetic attitude towards Putin. In March 2016, 30% of the population agreed with this sentiment and in March, 2015, 37%. The people of Russia had the greatest sympathy for the …

  • Capital flight from Russia increased 4.5 times

    Between July 27 and August 2, 2016, investors withdrew $32 million from funds associated with Russia.

    A week earlier, the net outflow of investments amounted to $6.9 million, RBC reports, referring to data from the Emerging Portfolio Fund Research, an organization that monitors the inflow and outflow of investment funds and their allocation.

    Two-thirds of the mentioned capital outflow occurred in exchange traded funds. Such results were not unexpected because, until recently, oil prices have …

  • Russian Government Agency: State-owned companies have to reduce operating expenses by 10 percent

    The Federal Agency for State Property Management, Rosimushchestvo, is being required to reduce their operating expenses by at least 10%. They only have one month to develop the plans and schedules to accomplish it.

    The Federal Agency for State Property Management Rosimushchestvo has demanded that Russian state-owned companies reduce their operating expenses by at least 10%. Expense reduction plans have to be developed in one month, as reported by Vedomosti on Monday, August 8, 2016.

    According …

  • OSCE refuses to say if it will send observers to elections in Crimea

    The head of the OSCE/ODIHR election observation mission to the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Jan Petersen, has refused to answer the question of whether the observers will be sent to the occupied Crimea.

    As a UNIAN correspondent in Russia reported, at a press conference in Moscow, Petersen said, “We are currently working on where our observers will be sent, so at the moment I'm not going to answer this question... We can't say anything specific about where the observers will be sent," …

  • Lithuanian Foreign Minister: Sanctions against Russia should continue

    Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius believes that the West should continue sanctions against Russia. He detailed his opinion in his Twitter account, recalling the anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war.

    “Eight years ago, Russia's war in Georgia had to be a lesson to the world. Russia annexing Crimea showed it was not the case. Sanctions must continue,” Linkevičius posted.

    The Russo-Georgian war of 2008 was an armed conflict between Georgia on one side, and Russia with …

  • Lavrov: Russia would be open to holding 'Normandy Format' talks on sidelines of G20

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed that Ukraine offered to hold a regular summit of the “Normandy Four” on the sidelines of the G20 summit, which will be held in Hangzhou, China, in early September.

    According to Lavrov, the “Normandy Four” should be responsible for implementing decisions agreed on within the framework of the Normandy format.

    “If our German and French partners, as well as the Chinese hosts, agree with Kiev’s proposal to hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 …

  • The Netherlands and Germany to carry out anti-ballistic missile tests in Crete

    Germany and the Netherlands will conduct joint tests of air and missile defense systems with the use of Patriot missiles in October on the Greek island of Crete. These tests are aimed at developing a model for deployment of air and missile defense systems in Poland and the Baltic countries, German General Michael Gschossmann stated in his interview with Reuters.

    General Gschossmann, the Commander of ground-based units of Germany’s Air Force reported that joint operations should help NATO to …