Contents tagged with Russia

  • High-ranking Russian GRU officer and brother of Ukrainian presidential advisor dies under mysterious circumstances in Moscow

    On 19 May, Vladimir Podolyak, brother of Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, passed away in Moscow, Russia. According to various media reports, his address was listed as military unit 22177, the Russian Ministry of Defence academy, which trains military diplomats and officers for the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.

    Vladimir Podolyak worked in the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the …

  • China's new export controls disrupt trade with Russia: Russian industry faces delays and rising costs

    Starting on July 1, China has implemented export controls on a broad range of products that could be used in military industries and dual-use goods, according to The Moscow Times. This decision was made by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China on May 30.

    The new list includes equipment, software, technology, parts, components, and engines for aviation and space exploration; everything necessary for the production of gas turbines; some equipment and software for the foundry …

  • Hungarian PM Orban's unannounced Moscow visit raises EU concerns

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has arrived in Moscow. His plane landed at Vnukovo Airport. Russian news agency Interfax has released video footage of the Hungarian premier's motorcade heading towards the Kremlin.

    According to Interfax, Orban's visit aims to hold talks with Vladimir Putin as part of a "peace mission" to address the conflict in Ukraine.

    Neither Hungary nor Russia had previously announced the planned visit officially.

    The European Union, commenting on Orban’s unannounced …

  • Series of drone strikes hit Primorsko-Akhtarsk and Rostov regions of Russia

    During the night of July 5, several regions in Russia came under drone attacks. UAVs attacked a refinery in Rostov as well as Primorsko-Akhtarsk in the Krasnodar region, potentially damaging infrastructure.

    Regional Governor Veniamin Kondratyev stated on his Telegram channel that Russian air defence systems intercepted several drones, but debris allegedly damaged civilian infrastructure. According to the official, six people were hospitalised, including two children. A six-year-old girl might …

  • Russian Colonel accused of Bucha atrocities detained by FSB on fraud charges

    The FSB has detained a Russian Colonel involved in the Bucha massacre in Kyiv Oblast. Colonel Artem Gorodilov, commander of the 83rd Separate Guards Air Assault Brigade, has been accused of large-scale fraud, specifically under Article 159, Part 4, of the Russian Criminal Code, which carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

    According to the Russian newspaper Kommersant, Gorodilov was apprehended in Ryazan and immediately transported to Moscow for interrogation by the Main …

  • Under the radar: Russian banks conspire to evade U.S. sanctions in secretive strategy summit

    Russian Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina appears bewildered by U.S. pressure. During a congress of the Bank of Russia on July 3, Nabiullina admitted a lack of effective countermeasures against the sanctions and advised against public discussions about international money transfer schemes and business strategies of Russian banks. This, in effect, signaled that the Russian Central Bank has no adequate response to U.S. sanctions imposed on foreign banks that collaborate with Russia.  …

  • Russia hosts key talks with Yemen's Houthi delegation amid rising tensions in the Middle East

    A meeting was held in Moscow between Mikhail Bogdanov, the Russian President's Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa, and a delegation from Yemen's Houthi movement "Ansar Allah" led by its official spokesperson Mohammed Abdulsalam.

    In a detailed discussion, the parties extensively addressed the comprehensive resolution of the ongoing military-political crisis in Yemen, now approaching its ninth year, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry statement.

    Special attention was …

  • Ukrainian Forces achieve tactical gains in Kreminna and Kupiansk-Lyman axes, straining Russian offensive efforts

    According to analyst Alexander Musienko, there have been tactical successes by the Defence Forces in the direction of Kreminna and the Kupiansk-Lyman axis.

    In several areas, the Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU) are not only defending but also attacking. The supply situation for Ukrainian troops has improved, said the head of the Centre for Military-Legal Research, Alexander Musienko, in a comment to Channel 24.

    "There have been successes in the direction of Kreminna and the Kupiansk-Lyman …

  • Ukrainian drones drop leaflets in Belgorod region: residents urged to display Ukrainian flags to avoid attacks

    In the Graivoron district of Russia’s Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine, drones from the Ukrainian armed forces (AFU) have begun scattering leaflets encouraging locals to hang Ukrainian flags on their homes to avoid drone attacks. A photograph of the leaflet was published by the Telegram channel Pepel.

    "Due to the ongoing special military operation, in order to create a sanitary zone, any building that may house Russian military personnel is subject to immediate destruction," the leaflets …

  • Large-scale drone strikes hit multiple Russian regions

    The Russian Ministry of Defence has stated that at least 36 Ukrainian drones were intercepted by air defence systems. Regional governors across Russia also reported on the drone attacks. In the night of June 29 to June 30, multiple Russian regions were subjected to a large-scale drone attack, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

    According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, the air defence systems shot down 15 UAVs Over Kursk Region.

    Governor Alexey Smirnov stated that remnants of a …