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Departures Podcast with Mark Galeotti, author of ‘The Weaponisation of Everything’

As tensions continue to rage between Russia and the West over its build-up on the Ukrainian border, Departures turns to expert Mark Galeotti for his analysis on the situation and a discussion of his brand new book, “The Weaponisation of Everything: A Field Guide to the New Way of War.” Galeotti, who has spent years […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – January 28, 2022

Today in Russia/CIS: Germany’s ‘immoral and hypocritical’ relationship with Russia; On second thought, we don’t want war but if it happens it ain’t our fault; Georgia’s fate is linked to Ukraine’s; Major power blackout in Central Asia; Tokayev takes control of ruling party in Kazakhstan; Russian banks post record profits for 2021; Is France charting its own foreign policy with Russia?

Departures Podcast with Margarita Balmaceda

Throughout the most recent intensifying conflict between Russia and the West over Ukraine, there is a common assumption that the Russian leadership is wielding its “energy weapon” to break apart European unity and advance its interests. While that may be partly true, it would be a huge mistake to assume that such a vast industrial […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – January 27, 2022

Today in Russia/CIS: Russia sees ‘little cause for optimism’ as US releases formal response to Russian demands; US is ‘prepared either way’; Sanctions in the event of war would be crippling, according to US official; Even the thought of war is inadmissible, Kremlin claims; China says Russia’s “legitimate security concerns” should be taken seriously by Washington

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – January 25, 2022

Today in Russia/CIS: EU diplomats to stay in Ukraine; EU maintains unity vis-a-vis Russia, but barely; Russia’s business elite ‘suffers in silence’; Ruble and markets in freefall; US promises even more painful sanctions; Ministry of Finance opposes ban on cryptocurrency proposed by Central Bank; Russian media reports Croatia would “recall all troops” from NATO in case of conflict with Ukraine; Kadyrov, big spender

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – January 21, 2022

the globe unlikely to be caused by a malign foreign actor; “Putin Accountability Act” in US House names targets; US to evacuate embassy staff in Ukraine; More Russian troops to border; Calvey gets a reprieve; US to ‘formally address’ Russian grievances that Western powers threaten Russia