Russia is Testing New Electronic Warfare Weapons on NATO Ships – Is it Testing Murmansk-bn and Rychag-AV?

NATO ships approaching Russia’s Maritime borders, specifically the Black Sea region, are unable to conduct reconnaissance due to the counteraction of coastal electronic warfare (EW) Russia is currently testing.

There are three areas of the Electronic warfare:

1) Radio-electronic defeat is a set of measures and actions for functional defeat, radio-electronic suppression and defeat of radio-electronic objects of the enemy by homing weapons for radiation.

China Ramping Up Anti-US Propaganda with Russia’s Blessing – What is the Agenda?

On March 13th, the Chinese government released a report pertaining to so called “abuse of human rights” in the US. Seven chapters of this disingenuous report contain claims of human rights violations in the sphere of civil, political, social and economic rights, issues of discrimination against minorities, violence against women, violations of the rights of migrants etc. The report is meant to create a divide and try to meddle into the upcoming US elections. The trajectory has been in line with Russia’s agenda. The Kremlin has been actively trying to cause divide within the US Democratic Party and to stir up racial tensions.

Russia-Saudi Oil Price War: Myths, Reality and Global Analysis

This week, one of the main topics around the world is the so called “oil war” between Russia and Saudi Arabia. A myriad of publications are claiming the Russian economy will tank during this oil price war. According to the various economic models, the Russian economical crises is supposed to reach its peak in 2025. That is another reason, beside Putin’s personal aspirations, why he wants to remain in control of Russia. At that point, it could be possible for the West to weaken Russia.

Hail to Czar Putin – The Official Verbatim Proposed Amendments to Russian Constitution Are Here

The official verbatim of the Russian Constitution proposed amendments became available. Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed the amendments to the Russian Constitution on January 15, 2020. In the new amendments, the Russian working class again is shorted. Instead, Russian politicians divide the powers between them for their personal goals and gain.

Instead of legislative and planned development of science and culture, it focuses on religion and national ideas for ordinary workers and their families. It is done purely for social engineering propaganda. During the Soviet Era religion was frowned upon, as communism does not have a place for religion. Now the new amendments dictate to Russians what religion they should follow. Seventh Day Adventists and similar religious groups are pretty much banned in Russia. If one follows that religion, the children can be taken away by the government. During divorce, if one parent is a follower of such a religion, it would be an automatic termination of their chance at custody.

EXCLUSIVE: It’s Highly Likely Russia is Using Nika Device Capable of Jamming GPS Signal and Damaging Defense Equipment

On February 7, 2020 the National Interest published an article, sourcing US Military reports, pertaining to Russian electronic warfare equipment deployed in Syria that caused serious damage to two of the most expensive US fighter jets – the F-35 and F-22. The systems of the latter came under powerful electronic influence and, most likely, became completely unusable, since they could not accurately determine the location in the airspace over Syria.

Who Will Be First to Start Covert Action in Turkey to Remove Erdogan, USA or Russia?

A voluminous 300-page report released last month by the RAND Corporation released titled “Turkey’s Nationalist Path-Implications For The US-Turkish Cooperation Strategy And The US Army” indicates that the Turkish government’s decision to dismiss hundreds of army officers after the failed 2016 coup in Ankara caused widespread discontent in the country’s armed forces.

Proxy Russia-Turkey War in Syria – What’s Next?

Russia and Turkey have been at war for awhile. However, it is a proxy war. Pro Turkish Syrian fighters supported by the Turkish military are fighting Pro-Russian Syrian fighters, who are supported by the Russian Army and the Kremlin. It is a war fought by using others to reach their objectives.  Nevertheless, the war will turn into full blown conflict; at this time Turkey can’t afford blatant war with Russia.

Coronavirus Impact On Global Economy and Expected Outcomes

Coronavirus has become a global scare. The World Health Organization considers coronavirus “High Risk.” The emergence of an economic storm could be inevitable. Kondratiev cycles predicted economic slowdown. Kondratiev explained the existence of large economic cycles by the fact that the duration of functioning of various created economic goods fluctuates. Similarly, they require different time and different means to create them. Large cycles can be seen as disrupting and restoring the economic equilibrium of a long period. The main reason for them lies in the mechanism of accumulation, accumulation and dispersion of capital sufficient to create new elements of infrastructure.

US Proposes Blue Dots Agreement to Counter One Belt One Road Initiative in Asia

This week there was a discussion in Russia about the possible countermeasures the US is planning against China’s One Belt One Road Initiative. Interestingly, due to the coronavirus and China, the stock markets are experiencing a turmoil.

The reason for the discussions is to develop additional strategies between Russia and China pertaining to the One Belt, One Road initiative, despite the virus outbreak. US Secretary Mike Pompeo also announced that  US President Donald Trump has invited Southeast Asian leaders for a meeting in Las Vegas next month. The summit is supposed to take place March 12, 2020.

Russia Blocked Google Bank Account in Russia – Why?

Russia blocked the Citibank account of Google’s Russian Division. The account was officially blocked on February 7, 2020. This means that banks do not have the right to open accounts for organizations and grant the right to use new corporate electronic means of payment for transfers. The decision was made by the IFNS of Russia No. 5 in Moscow (inspection code 7705).

Kremlin Using Popular Russian Shows as Propaganda Machine to Own Eastern Europe – Is Stalin Era Coming Back?

On February 22, 2020, a new episode of the KVN show aired, a Russian humor TV show and an international competition where teams compete by giving funny answers to questions and showing prepared sketches. The show originated in the Soviet Union. The program was first aired by the First Soviet Channel on November 8, 1961.  The show is very popular and often Russian President Vladimir Putin is in attendance. Especially, during the finals.

US Nuclear Weapons Strike Scenario – Analysis of Multiple Outcomes – US vs Russia

The United States has conducted a military exercise that simulates a retaliatory strike using nuclear weapons after Russia’s use of low-power nuclear weapons in Europe against NATO countries. This was announced on February 21, 2020 at a briefing for journalists by a high-ranking Pentagon representative stating that “We conducted a small exercise, let’s say.” The scenario included a war in Europe being waged by Russia, and Russia decides to use limited low-power nuclear weapons against an object on the territory of NATO countries.

Turkey Analysis – Will Kremlin Retaliate with a Covert Operation Against Erdogan?

The results of the new survey are available pertaining to the approval of the head of state of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The poll results were posted on Twitter by the @Metropol. The survey posed a straightforward question of whether or not the public approves of the current head of state’s activities. Thus far Erdogan is at a 41.9% approval rate.

INTERPOL Refused to Cooperate with Russia on Extradition – Will Russia Leave INTERPOL Membership?

It was announced INTERPOL refused to cooperate in extradition of the former Ukrainian Defense Minister Anatoly Hrytsenko. The International Criminal Police Organization, more commonly known as INTERPOL, is an international organization that facilitates worldwide police cooperation and crime control. It was established in 1923 and is located in Lyons, France.  Anatoliy Stepanovych Hrytsenko is a Ukrainian politician, independent member of the current Ukrainian parliament, former Minister of Defence, member of the Our Ukraine political party and leader of the Civil Position party.

US National Arrested for Large Scale Bribery in Russia – Was It a Setup or Something More?

A US national has been arrested in Russia. The Basmanny Moscow court is asking for the detention of US citizen Gene Miron Specter, who has been detained due to allegations of bribery.  The charge is part 4 Article 291.1 Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. It is Federal Law No. 97-FZ of May 4, 2011 reworded Article 291 of this Code Article 291:

Russia Opens Information Warfare Center – Does It Mean Further Cyber Threat to the West?

A new center for information warfare opened at Ryazan State University, a university in Ryazan, Ryazan Oblast, Russia. It was founded in 1915. It bears the name of Russian poet Sergei Yesenin, who grew up in the region. According to the announcement the reason behind the creation of the information warfare center and counter-propaganda technologies is to focus on Russia’s interests in this sector.

Belarus Changing Coat of Arms – Are They Ready to Join the European Union?

Belarus is planning on changing its coat of arms. The official announcement has not been made, however the new changes are already circulating on Vkontakte, a Russian online social media and social networking service based in Saint Petersburg. VK is available in multiple languages, but it is predominantly used by Russian-speakers.

China’s First Type 055 Destroyer Nanchang Commissioned – Is It Just Propaganda Show Pony?

This week China’s first Type 055 Destroyer Nanchang was commissioned by the PLA Navy, according to the CGTN news. The People’s Liberation Army Navy, also known as the PLA Navy or PLAN, is the naval warfare branch of the People’s Liberation Army, which is the armed wing of the Communist Party of China and, by default, the national armed forces of the People’s Republic of China.

Why is Russia Opposing the Creation of the International Tribunal to Prosecute Terrorists? What is the Kremlin’s Agenda?

Russia opposes the creation of an International Tribunal to prosecute foreign terrorist fighters (FTF) operating in Syria and Iraq. The official statement was made by Vladimir Tarabrin, Director of the Department for new challenges and threats of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The timing of the statement is due to the conference that was held in Vienna, Austria this week at the OSCE headquarters titled “Foreign terrorist fighters – responding to modern challenges.”

What the Coming Decade Means for Russia and the World in Accordance with Czar Putin’s Policies

Thus far, 2020 started with Russian President Vladimir Putin announcing proposed changes to the constitution. The vote on the changes is expected to take place prior to May 1, 2020 (full list of changes available here). However, an interesting part about the so called proposed vote is the delivery model by the designated Kremlin working group and how it will be presented domestically and verbatim used on the ballot.

Is Putin Planning to Demand Bering Sea Areas Back from the US?

Last week, the Kremlin held closed discussions pertaining to an agreement signed by former US  Secretary of State James A. Baker III and the former Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze on June 1, 1990. In the agreement, the Soviet Union to give the US 46.3 thousand square kilometers of its territory in the Bering Sea. It was done directly under Mikhail Gorbachev’s approval. He was a leader of the Soviet Union at the time.

Is Putin Adding Donbas to Russia After the Proposed Russian Constitutional Amendment – Dark Times Ahead

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced proposed changes to the Russian constitution on January 15, 2020. The public vote is expected to be done by May 1, which coincides with one of the major Russian holidays. In 1918, May 1 became an important public holiday, known as the Day of the International Solidarity of Workers, in the Soviet Union. Most Soviet cities had parades and obligatory workers’ marches on this day until 1990. The Russian Parliament renamed the holiday as Spring and Labor Day in 1992.

Japanese National Has Been Caught Committing Espionage in Russia

Russia announced a Japanese national was caught in the act of espionage trying to obtain classified information regarding the Russian military. The announcement came via the Russian Foreign Ministry. The incident took place on December 25, 2019 in the Russian Eastern town of Vladivostok, a major Pacific port city in Russia overlooking Golden Horn Bay, near the borders with China and North Korea. It’s known as a terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway, which links the city to Moscow in a 7-day journey. In the city center is Central Square, where a towering memorial pays tribute to local soldiers who fought Japanese forces in the early 20th century.

A New Path for Russia with Constitutional Amendments? Or Was it Just Time for Emperor Putin?

Do the amendments to the Russian constitution give hope to the opposition and what is the future of Russia and the government?

In reality, Russia does not have opposition. The pseudo opposition leader Alexei Navalny is merely a social media darling and a minor nuisance to the Kremlin. He is always arrested for a short term, in turn creating newsworthy stories and buzz in the global media on the topic of Russia. Navalny keeps projecting his grandiose dream of one day being the president of Russia. However, it is the same as the recent sad case of an individual in academia and St Petersburg elite claiming to be Napoleon. That guy murdered his young lover in a horrific scene.

Russia Always Failed with Aircraft Carriers – Will the Future Be Different Under Putin?

Historically, Russia was not strong pertaining to sea battles. Taking the example of the Battle of Tsushima in 1905.  It is also known as the Battle of Tsushima Strait and the Naval Battle of the Sea of Japan (in Japan) and was a major naval battle fought between Russia and Japan during the Russo-Japanese War. It was an embarrassing loss for Russia.

Libyan Conflict – What is the Turkish and Russian Agenda?

Russia will host Fayez al-Serraj and Khalifa Haftar in Moscow in an attempt to achieve peace in Libya. According to Russian news, Haftar is already in Russia. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who is a Turkish politician and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey since 24 November 2015, is expected to join them. Hakan Fidan is a retired Turkish army sergeant, teacher, diplomat and the head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization. he is expected to attend as well. Hulusi Akar is the current Turkish Minister of Defense and a former four-star Turkish Armed Forces general who served as the 29th Chief of the General Staff. He will be arriving with al Serraj for the talks. Observers from Egypt and United Arab Emirates will be in attendance. The latest development is that Haftar left without signing any type peace resolution.

Putin’s Post Soviet Russia – A New Level of Propaganda – Fictional Movie Portrays Putin as Czar – What’s Next?

Recently, a fictional movie about Putin has been completed. The budget for the film was 800 million Rubles ($13.1 million)  The movie has a historic theme and Vladimir Putin is portrayed as Czar Nikolas I and the whole plot is about how the emperor is always right. The epoch is early 1800s.  It is not a surprise, with the movie budget alone, to believe the film is social engineering propaganda in the post Russian space. Of course, along the golden Russian tradition, the film has already been leaked on purpose. That way it will reach a wider audience everywhere versus people having to go to a Russian movie theater to see it. It is a prelude.

US, Iran and the Geopolitical Future of the Middle East

2020 started with mass casualties of innocent lives. Iran shot down a Boeing airplane operated by Ukrainian airlines, resulting in the loss of human lives.  The attack happened after the US successfully executed (via drone strike) Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq. It is plausible to believe Iran was trying to murder the Iranian-Canadians on the plane, considering them traitors for leaving the regime.

Danger to US – How Truly Close are Russia and Iran?

The US and Iran are embroiled in a recent escalated conflict, ever since the death of Iran’s Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani. He was killed in a drone strike at the Baghdad Airport. Iran retaliated by striking US bases in Iraq. There is talk in the Russian media of Russia supplying C-400 weapon systems to Iraq. The information came from a member of the Russian Ministry of Defense. The S-400 Triumf, previously known as the S-300PMU-3, is an anti-aircraft weapon system developed in the 1990s by Russia’s Almaz Central Design Bureau as an upgrade of the S-300 family. It has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2007.

Powerful Iranian General Killed by US Drone Strike – What Will Russia’s Role Be in Any Conflict?

Iran’s Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani has been killed in a drone strike at the Baghdad Airport. The strike was carried out by the US and was ordered by President Donald Trump. Soleimani was a powerful Iranian General and a veteran of the Syrian War. Soleimani led the work of Iranian military advisers in Iraq, and also led the Quds organization, which is responsible for military and intelligence and sabotage activities outside of Iran itself. The force reports directly to the supreme leader of The Republic of Iran, Ali Khamenei.

Normandy Talks – A Breakdown of Each Nation’s Geopolitical Interests

The Normandy Format talks started on December 9, 2019 in Paris. The countries present are Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France. The main goal is to resolve the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. The group was created in 2014 but the talks have been stalled until now. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky stated peace with Russia is his top priority.

What is the Geopolitical Future of France?

French President Emanuel Macron has not been a strong leader. France is experiencing a negative pattern and the next election will be held in 2022. France reached its zenith in global influence in 1812. Napoleon Bonaparte became the Emperor of France in 1804. The title was created for Napoleon to preserve the appearance of the French Republic and show that after the French Revolution, the feudal system was abandoned and a nation state was created.

Germany Refused Putin’s Proposal for Missile Deployment Halt in Europe – How Will Russia Retaliate?

Germany refused Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal for a moratorium on missile deployment in Europe. Putin had sent a proposal to the leaders of several countries this fall to introduce a moratorium on deploying intermediate-and shorter-range missiles in Europe. The intermediate-range missile is defined as ground-launched ballistic missiles (GLBM) or GLCM having a range between 1,000 km to 5,500 km. The shorter-range missile was defined as GLBMs or GLCMs with a range between 500 km and 1,000 km.

Israel’s Minister of Defense Pushes Offensive Doctrine Against Iran in Syria – What Will Russia Do?

Newly elected Israeli Minister of Defense Naftali Bennett believes an aggressive offense strategy needs to be executed on Iranian targets, as well as additional attacks on Syria. Bennett is an Israeli politician who led the Jewish Home party between 2012 and 2018 and currently serves as an MK for New Right. Bennett publicly shared his doctrine proposal on November 29 in the Israeli media. The doctrine received an immediate reaction from Russia.

Russia Refuses to Fund Chemical Weapons Watchdog – Is Russia Planning to Use Novichok Again?

On November 28, 2019 Russia officially refused to finance the operations of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)– an intergovernmental organization and the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force on April 29, 1997. The OPCW, with its 193 member states, has its seat in The Hague, Netherlands, and oversees the global endeavor for the permanent and verifiable elimination of chemical weapons.

Hong Kong Democracy Legislation – What is Next for China with Russia’s Backing?

US and China tensions continue to escalate. President Donald Trump signed Hong Kong democracy legislation, which clearly angered China. The US never truly had any dealings with Hong Kong. Historically, Hong Kong was involved in the First Opium War in the mid 1800s. In 1841 Britain entered the island of Hong Kong and made it its military staging location. The island of Hong Kong became a British Colony.

NATO Coordination Center to Open in Bulgaria – Why Bulgaria Needs Protection from Putin

Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov, after discussions with US President Donald Trump, announced Bulgaria readiness to have NATO use its Black Sea port for naval coordination efforts amid growing fears of Putin’s military appetite and Russia’s growing rift with the West. According to Borisov, the military  exercises in the Black Sea are much needed and the more the merrier because they have a preventative  effect.

Space as NATO’s New Operational Sphere – Will Starship Troopers Novel Come True?

NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs are meeting this week at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the  is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949. It is expected that NATO will acknowledge space as NATO’s new operational sphere at these meetings.

Russia’s Ominous New Law to Designate Russian Citizens as Foreign Agents. Are Stalin Style Repressions Coming Soon?

Russia’s Gosduma approved a new law regarding Russian individuals being designated as  foreign agents if they are working with foreign news outlets and receive funding outside of Russia. Interestingly, besides one member of the Duma, 337 members voted in favor of the proposed law.  It is expected to take effect on November 21. The State Duma, commonly abbreviated in Russian as Gosduma, is the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia, while the upper house is the Council of the Federation. The Duma headquarters are located in central Moscow, a few steps from Manege Square. Its members are referred to as deputies.

Role of Putin’s Russia and BRICS Summit 2019

The 11th BRICS Summit will be held in Brasília, Brazil on November 13-14, 2019. This year’s BRICS slogan is “Economic Growth for an Innovative Future”. BRICS is the acronym coined for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This year there will be two distinct differences:

1) Hightened security measures due to the unrest in South America. During the summit, the Brazilian military will be deployed to the area.

2) The partners from other nations will not be invited. Usually, partners are invited to the summit to ink trade deals and engage in additional open dialogue.

Is Russia’s Footprint on the Death of the White Helmets Founder James Le Mesurier in Turkey?

British national James Le Mesurier was found dead in Istanbul, Turkey.  He was known to be affiliated with the White Helmets, officially known as the Syria Civil Defense, a volunteer organization that operates in parts of opposition-controlled Syria and in Turkey, founded in the 2014. Le Mesurier was a former MI-6 officer, the foreign intelligence service of the government of the United Kingdom, tasked mainly with covert overseas collection and analysis of human intelligence (HUMINT) in support of the UK’s national security. NETFLIX has a documentary pertaining to The White Helmets.

Is South America Another Arab Spring?

Instability in South America is growing. The nations currently experiencing unrest are Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Haiti, Uruguay and Venezuela. The region is experiencing a shift from dictatorship to democracy. The left and the right factions remained the same for a long time with both sides supporting black markets, corruption, and taking outside funds either from the West or Russia/China (in the past from the Soviet Union).

Russia Using Submarines to Test New Weapons in Norwegian Sea – Could It Be New Chishnik-M Torpedo?

Russia is testing new weapons systems using the nuclear-powered submarines B-534 Nizhny Novgorod and B-336 Pskov.  These two submarines are classified by NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) as 945A Condor (Sierra-II). The Sierra class (Soviet designations Project 945 Barrakuda and Project 945A Kondor) are a series of nuclear-powered attack submarines intended for the Soviet Navy and currently in service with the Russian Navy.

R-SOCC Special Forces Command New NATO Initiative in Balkans – What it Means from a Geopolitical Prospective

Defense ministers from Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Slovenia singed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) creating a regional command of special operations. The signing of the MOU took place in the NATO headquarters in Brussels.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949. There is a possibility Austria can join in the future. Austria is not a NATO member. There are five countries which declared their non-alignment with NATO, including Finland, Ireland, Sweden and Malta. Although Austria is not a NATO member and a neutral country, they have a robust strategic military budget, and they share a physical border between Russia and NATO.

Is German Nuclear Waste Contributing to Putin’s Dangerous Military Power?

German news outlet zdf.de published an article pertaining to nuclear waste going to Russia. The European subsidiary of URENCO signed a contract with Rosatom to export nuclear waste to Russia. URENCO group is a nuclear fuel company operating several uranium enrichment plants in Germany, the Netherlands, United States, and the United Kingdom.

Are There Any Geopolitical Winners in Libya Since Gaddafi’s Death 8 Years Ago?

Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi was murdered 8 years ago. Gaddafi, commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi, was a Libyan revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. Shortly after his death, it was announced that the war in Libya was over. In reality, the war mutated into a new trajectory. Even the worst pessimists could not have predicted the ramifications. Former US President Barack Obama scarcely admitted it was a mistake.

Turkish Offensive Analysis in Syria

Russian military officials are voicing concerns over the humanitarian crisis in Syria due to Turkish involvement. Turkey started an operation against the Kurds on October 9, 2019 under the guise of “counterterrorism.” The Kurdish population of Syria is that country’s largest ethnic minority, comprising between 7% and 10% of the population.  Kurds are one of the indigenous peoples of the Mesopotamian plains and the highlands in what is now south-eastern Turkey, north-eastern Syria, northern Iraq, north-western Iran and south-western Armenia.