Tag: Russia and ISIS

If Putin Goes His Own Way in Syria, Russia’s Aggression in Ukraine Will Intensify

November 24, 2015

Staunton, November 22 – What Vladimir Putin does in Syria clearly will have a powerful impact on what he does in Ukraine, Andrey Zubov says. If the Kremlin leader goes his own way to save Asad, he will be isolated and, in response, will be likely to intensify his aggression against Ukraine. If he chooses […]

Putin Will Invade Baltics Only If He Faces Collapse of His Regime, Kasparov Says

November 7, 2015

Staunton, November 5 – Only if he is facing the complete collapse of his regime, Garri Kasparov says, will Putin consider invading the Baltic countries because NATO has made it clear that it will defend them and Moscow is unprepared to go to war with the West. Instead, the Kremlin leader is more likely to […]

Did the FSB Organize a Second Ryazan to Boost Vigilance of Cynical Russians?

October 15, 2015

Staunton, October 15 “It is not excluded,” Irek Murtazin writes in Novaya Gazeta, that the terrorist act blocked by the FSB on October 11 was nothing more than a training exercise organized to boost vigilance among a Russian population that “totally distrusts” the law enforcement agencies and thus can be mobilized only by something like […]

The Problem Isn’t That Russians Are Converting to Islam; the Problem is Some Are Becoming Radicals

June 11, 2015

Staunton, June 11 – The attempt by Varvara Karaulova, a Russian who became a Muslim and sought to join ISIS, has sparked a new wave of hysteria about Islam in the Russian media, with speculations about the number of ethnic Russian Muslims, the prospects for a Muslim majority in the Russian population, and the possibility […]