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Kaliningrad Separatism Again on the Rise

Kaliningrad oblast, the non-contiguous part of the Russian Federation that Joseph Stalin formed after annexing much of German East Prussia at the end of World War II, has often been a hotbed of separatism since the end of the Soviet Union. In part, this is... MORE

Armenia’s Hands Are Tied Regarding Russian Arms Sales to Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense reported, on July 10, on a new batch of military equipment and ammunition purchased from Russia (, July 10). The projectiles, rockets and other military equipment are being shipped to Azerbaijan under the bilateral agreement on military-technical cooperation. Initially, Russia... MORE

The Devolution of Russian Federalism

Twenty-five years ago, on March 31, 1992, the Federative Treaty on the division of powers between the federal center and the Russian regions was signed in Moscow. This event was considered state-forming at that time. However, in Russia today, almost nobody remembers it. Three months... MORE

Lithuania: The Old-New Target of Russian ‘Hybrid Warfare?’

With the end-of-year Holidays only weeks away, the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius became inundated with highly provocative leaflets disseminated by the Embassy of the Russian Federation (, December 12, 2016). The printed matter, which the Russian diplomatic post began distributing on December 12, contained a... MORE

Small, Agile Boats to Form Backbone of Ukrainian Navy

In an interview with the news agency Reuters, on October 27, Vice Admiral Ihor Voronchenko, the head of the Ukrainian Navy, announced the commencement of the refurbishment of the navy’s flagship, the U130 frigate Hetman Sahaidachny, among other steps to enhance the capabilities of the... MORE

Serbia Maneuvers Between the EU and EEU

On November 3, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić visited the Russian city of Suzdal. There, he stated that Serbia was planning to sign an agreement with the Russian-dominated Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) to homogenize existing bilateral trade agreements in place with some of the member... MORE

HIV Epidemic Spreads in Russia

Russian media reported, on November 2, that the Russian city of Yekaterinburg has been hit by an epidemic of HIV. Tatiana Savinova, first deputy director of local healthcare, stated that according to official data, approximately 1.8 percent of the local population (i.e., every 50th person)... MORE

Russian Election Law Considers Finland a Part of Tatarstan

Russia held nationwide elections for the State Duma (lower house of parliament) on September 18, and Russian citizens living in foreign countries were also allowed to vote. One of the legislative innovations this year—or, to be exact, a return to the model that operated in... MORE