The Bell

Snowden, Putin, Geopolitics and Rhetorical Spin

July 17, 2013

The Russian government is facing a conflict in interest in their consideration of NSA leaker Edward Snowden. On one hand, Russia is reaping the benefits of the leak, as the NSA’s systems for gathering intelligence have been exposed. More broadly, the NSA’s practices have embarrassed the United States both at home and abroad, and has […]

War Games and Shiny New Guns

Currently north Asia is abuzz with military activity. And for once the main culprit is not North Korea, it’s Russia. But the activity is confined to drills and training exercises. Russia and China have been holding large-scale naval exercises—China has sent seven warships and Russia has committed its Pacific Fleet flagship, the guided-missile Slava class […]

The Coordination Council’s Draft Statement on Pugachev

July 16, 2013

Russia has long been host to a revanchist nationalism, both in its establishment political system but also in its opposition movements. In one of its least attractive forms, this nationalism is embodied in the slogan “Russia for Russians,” which is a not too subtle plaint against immigrants and ethnic minorities and championed by, among many others, […]

Growing Corruption In the Russian Military

July 15, 2013

The Russian State-Media outlet RIA Novosti has published an alarming headline on the state of corruption inside the Russian military: The financial cost of corruption uncovered in the Russian Armed Forces this year has soared 450 percent from last year to over 4.4 billion rubles ($130 million), the Prosecutor General’s Office reported on Thursday. “The […]

Monday Morning Wrap-Up: Top News from Last Week

The Interpreter combines translations of Russian-language news articles, translated interviews of important players in current events, and analysis from Russian experts on topics ranging from government corruption and human rights issues to economics and Geo-political policy; and everything in between. As such, each Monday we’ll be publishing a wrap-up of the most important news stories […]

Latest on Snowden: He May Be in Moscow For a While

July 12, 2013

UPDATES: We are tracking the developing story of Edward Snowden’s meeting with Human Rights Groups. Our original article is below: 1830 GMT: Snowden has given a speech that appears to be a reading of his statement that was posted on Wikileaks earlier (read the whole statement here). There is a growing consensus from those who […]

Is Snowden on this Plane?

UPDATED: Please see bottom of post for newest information: Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower and American fugitive, may be on a flight right now to Havana, Cuba. If so, from there, he is likely traveling to Venezuela. As the flight pattern above (supplied by Storyful’s Markham Nolan) demonstrates, the plane reportedly took a strange deviation […]

Russia, Where You Can Prosecute a Ghost

The tweet containing the picture above says it all: Oh,Russia.Where you can prosecute a ghost.MT @YuliaSkyNews Cameras film empty Magnitsky cage. Defendant long dead pic.twitter.com/45xBlr9TVa — Amie Ferris-Rotman (@Amie_FR) July 11, 2013 Today, Russian courts found deceased investment fund lawyer,  Sergei Magnitsky, guilty of tax evasion, along with his former client, William Browder (tried in absentia). […]

Money Laundering Arrests Hide Darker Reality

July 10, 2013

The Russian Interior Ministry has broken up a money-laundering scheme worth more than $1.1 billion, and has arrested seven individuals in relation to the plot. Over 400 people were involved in the scheme, according to the statement obtained by The Moscow Times. $1.1 billion is a large amount of money, and this news should represent an […]