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.
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
In the aftermath of Russian airstrikes against ISIS, there have been increasing warnings that Syria could be to Russia what Afghanistan was to the Soviet Union. Is that really the case?
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
With Russia having started its first airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, creating a global anti-ISIS coalition of the type envisioned by Russia is out of the question, for the simple reason that each country perceives the threat differently