Special Reports

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 […]

Russian Elections Round-Up: Parnas List Accepted; Party of Pensioners Forced to Remove Candidates

July 15, 2016

While opposition party Parnas has registered its candidates for the September parliamentary elections, persecution of members, lack of access to state media as well as infighting diminish its chances of getting any seats.

Russian Airstrikes Target Group US And UK Trained To Fight ISIS

June 17, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here. Islamic State Has Benefited From Russian Airstrikes, And Their Enemies Have Been Hammered 2016-06-17 17:00:50 Yesterday, June 17, there was news that a Russian airstrike in Syria may have struck rebel groups who belong to the coalition of anti-ISIS fighters […]