Belarusians are now being trained in a camp in Russia that is headed by an openly fascist Russian nationalist, an arrangement that Moscow might exploit against Minsk.
Some view Vladimir Putin as all-powerful while others view him as increasingly weak, says Karina Orlova.
President Vladimir Putin says he won’t sell or give back the Kuriles to the Japanese, but he is ready to buy other countries.
The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page. A transcript of today’s Daily Vertical can be found here.
ON MY MIND A warning from Vadim Troyan, the first deputy head of Ukraine’s National Police, that the Kremlin has deployed a team of mobsters to destabilize Ukraine merits checking out. But it’s certainly plausible. Russia has used its nationalized mafias to carry out many of the unsavory tasks it wants taken care of without […]