Russia denies their warships were near Nord Stream explosion sites
Oliver Alexander comments on Russia’s denial that their naval vessels were near the explosion sites of the Nord Stream pipelines on his substack: “We now have an official Russian reaction to the to the investigation of the SS-750 at the site of the Nord Stream blasts from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Instead of […]
Tatarsky bombing and Kerch Strait Bridge
Mark Galeotti has an interesting thought on his blog about the similarity between the bombings of Vladlev Tatarsky (Maxim Fomin) and the Kerch Strait Bridge. There does seem to be video evidence supporting the claim that she gave him the bomb (the BBC did some good work on this) and the fact that she stayed […]
The intertwined nature of Russian academia and the state
Interesting look at the Russian academic community and its impact on policy. It’s written by Mariya Omelicheva for PONARS Eurasia and titled Influencers, Echo Chambers, and Epistemic Bubbles: Russia’s Academic Discourse in the Wake of the War in Ukraine. Much of the scholarship in the field of Russian IR takes place in an epistemic bubble […]
When ASW gets too precise: British frigate hits Russian submarine with sonar
In 2020 there was a collision between the British frigate Northumberland and a Russian submarine north of Scotland.
The spiral of dangerous operational incidents between Russia and NATO
The number of incidents between Russian and NATO warships and aircraft in increasing, and they are becoming more dangerous. That is documented by Ralph Clem and Ray Finch.
Inflation is a long-term problem for Russia’s military
The Russian Defense Policy blog has an interesting look at the wages for Russian soldiers, and it does not look great. Corrected for inflation, the wages for Russian soldiers have dropped significantly over the last decade. With RF inflation at roughly 8 percent this year, overall prices for essentials paid by Russian servicemen are now […]
Russia has a now or never dilemma in Ukraine
Russia’s far-reaching demands from NATO and the prospect of a war in Ukraine can seem irrational. But Russia is facing a dilemma that if they do nothing, they are on a trajectory to losing in the long term. So even if Russia isn’t sure what the outcome will be in a war, they may still try it as a tool to stop the process of losing.
Download e-book: Russia’s Military Might
I wrote he naval chapter in this book on Russia’s military capabilities, where the English version is now available as a free download.
Russian nuclear submarine breaks down during transit of Danish Straits
It was not an impressive show of force, when Russia’s nuclear submarine broke down during transit of the Danish straits.
Russian defense minister complains about propaganda centers in the West
Sergey Shoigu clams that strategic propaganda centers operate in Riga, Tallinn and Warsaw to spread misinformation against Russia.
Russia invented electronic warfare – quite literally
Electronic warfare was first utilized during the Russo-Japanese War in 1904.
Chasing the wrong kind of misinformation: The HMS Defender case
Western journalists were so busy labeling Russian warning shots as misinformation, that they overlooked the real information deceit.