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MOSCOW BLOG: Emerged Russia’s new hard line with the West

December 3, 2021

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met yesterday on the sidelines of the OSCE conference and had an intense but “fruitful” 30 minute conversation.

MOSCOW BLOG: Is Russia’s build-up of troops on Ukraine’s border a new Cuban Missile crisis?

November 28, 2021

Russia has clearly been building up forces close to Ukraine’s border, but as bne IntelliNews has reported, experts are convinced that it will not actually attack. So what is really going on?

MOSCOW BLOG: Why are there no mass street protests after Russia's rigged Duma election?

September 21, 2021

On August 9 last year Belarus erupted into mass protests within hours of the polls closing on the massively falsified presidential elections. Russia just had similarly rigged elections but there has been no reaction by the population.

MOSCOW BLOG: Taliban say all the right things at their first press conference – perhaps too right?

August 18, 2021

The Taliban gave its first proper press conference yesterday where they didn't not just say the right things, they said exactly the right things. Some are speculating if it has been given professional PR advice as the message is a little too perfect.

MOSCOW BLOG: The Afghan failure – bombs & cash vs institution building

August 18, 2021

A chaotic first day of the new regime in Kabul. The images coming out of Kabul airport are going to become iconic. As bad as, if not worse than, those that came out of Saigon.