Special Reports

Don’t Forget The 4,000,000 Ukrainians Living Through Russia’s War In The Donbass

January 5, 2017

Winter nights in Donbass are cold, and bitter. Snow on the front lines turns to mud, making movement a chore or,  when deadly combat breaks out, a chaotic mad dash. It has been nearly three years since conflict swept through Ukraine’s east, and after numerous failed political agreements, the war continues to rage. But further […]

How Many Russians Are Fighting for ISIS? A Brief History of The Kremlin’s Arbitrary Numbers

December 20, 2016

Reports of precise numbers and accounts of tracking Islamist fighters as they leave Russia and return open up the question of how much the FSB controls these fighters, not only to gather intelligence but to perform missions.

Attacks on Russian Journalists Indicate Return to Soviet Practices, New Forms of Repression in the Internet Age

October 4, 2016

‘The Dirty Deeds of the Pentagon in Syria’: An Example of Russian Propaganda

September 28, 2016

An article appeared in the Russian Federal News Service (FAN) titled “The Dirty Deeds of the Pentagon in Syria: How the USA’s Friendship with IS Turned into an Explosion in New York” claiming the New Jersey and New York bombings earlier this month were “payback” for the US mistaken bombing of the Syrian military. An examination of the times of both events prove they are unrelated.

What Has Kadyrov Been Up To? Quietly Cultivating Regional and Kremlin Officials; Now a Meeting with Putin

August 26, 2016

It’s been many weeks since Ramzan Kadyrov, acting president of the Chechen Republic, has been in the news. Now late tonight after months of quietly rallying his own troops and cultivating regional and lower-level Kremlin officials, he has obtained an audience with President Vladimir Putin himself,

An Undeclared War On A Neighbor: Cross-Border Shelling In The Summer Of 2014

July 18, 2016

Just over two years ago, on July 16, 2014, The Interpreter was able to geolocate and verify video footage showing rocket launchers in Russian territory firing into Ukraine, clearly demonstrating the international nature of the conflict.     While the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 on the following day overshadowed this major escalation in the […]