Putin’s decision to bomb ISIS in Syria is a calculated risk designed to break Russia’s isolation from the West and prevent radical Islamic elements from further destabilizing the North Caucasus and Central Asia
Think Tank Roundup: Russian experts believe that Putin’s appeal to the international community to fight ISIS is unlikely to be heeded. Moreover, Putin’s face-to-face meeting with Obama likely yielded little
Alexander Bondarenko, author of a new book about former Soviet foreign intelligence head Pavel Fitin, shares the inside story of how the Soviet intelligence service acquired the plans to the nuclear bomb from the U.S.
It remains to be seen if Russia will be able to contribute to fighting ISIS in Syria through a more intensive military involvement in the conflict. However, the risks from such operation remain high
The food blockade of Crimea means that Russia will have to double down to find ways to compensate for potential food shortages. Meanwhile, the peninsula could see a major hike in food prices
Attempts at a food blockade of Crimea appear to be nothing more than a stunt coordinated by the Kiev authorities that may actually end up hurting Ukraine more than it hurts Russia