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Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2233
Bulletins - July 16, 2018
 

Rethinking the Russian Criminal Code;
Russia's vanishing middle class

 
Syria And The Trump-Putin Parlay
Articles - July 13, 2018
 

On July 16th, President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in what is shaping up to be a highly anticipated – and highly controversial – bilateral summit. The meeting agenda is full of strategically vital topics, ranging from Russia's interference in the 2016 elections (and its anticipated meddling in the upcoming U.S. midterms this Fall) to the Kremlin's ongoing campaign of aggression against Ukraine. But as concerns the Middle East, the most important subject to be discussed by the two leaders is undoubtedly Syria.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2232
Bulletins - July 12, 2018
 

Bill Browder: public enemy no. 1;
A controversial new nuclear project

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2231
Bulletins - July 11, 2018
 

Putin's cult of personality;
A quiet campaign of digital intrusion

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2230
Bulletins - July 9, 2018
 

Putin's plans for Syria;
Washington's "good cop, bad cop" routine

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2229
Bulletins - July 6, 2018
 

The fallout from Babchenko's fake killing;
Nervous in Tehran

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2228
Bulletins - July 3, 2018
 

The risks of being a Russian political opponent;
A delicate tango with Tehran

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2227
Bulletins - July 2, 2018
 

Moscow's balancing act in Syria;
A reshuffle in Russia's regions

 
Russian Ground Battlefield Robots: A Candid Evaluation and Ways Forward
Articles - June 25, 2018
 

Russia, like many other nations, is investing in the development of various unmanned military systems. The Russian defense establishment sees such systems as mission multipliers, highlighting two major advantages: saving soldiers’ lives and making military missions more effective. In this context, Russian developments are similar to those taking place around the world. Various militaries are fielding unmanned systems for surveillance, intelligence, logistics, or attack missions to make their forces or campaigns more effective. In fact, the Russian military has been successfully using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in training and combat since 2013. It has used them with great effect in Syria, where these UAVs flew more mission hours than manned aircraft in various Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) roles.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2226
Bulletins - June 25, 2018
 

The real state of Russia's defense budget;
Russia's growing AIDS epidemic

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2225
Bulletins - June 19, 2018
 

The perennial president;
Britain: a safe haven for Russian "dirty money"

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2224
Bulletins - June 15, 2018
 

Russia's parliament mulls "counter-sanctions";
The benefits of military service in Syria

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2223
Bulletins - June 14, 2018
 

Russia's expendable animals;
Moscow-Yerevan ties get a new lease on life

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2222
Bulletins - June 13, 2018
 

Reshuffling for competitiveness;
Moscow denounces Trump's Iran deal decision

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2221
Bulletins - June 12, 2018
 

Russo-Iranian cooperation under the microscope;
America's military mobilizes to counter Russia

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2220
Bulletins - June 6, 2018
 

Protesting Russia's Telegram ban... and more;
Putin's policies driving minority groups abroad

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2219
Bulletins - June 4, 2018
 

Moscow undermines OPCW efforts on Syria;
The Kremlin's opaque counterterrorism policy

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2218
Bulletins - June 1, 2018
 

Backward from spousal protections;
Protecting the Baltics from Russian cash

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2217
Bulletins - May 31, 2018
 

For Russians, U.S. visits get tougher;
Russia sanctions, reconsidered

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2216
Bulletins - May 29, 2018
 

NATO, Moscow edge toward modus vivendi;
Tackling Telegram is tougher than it seems

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2215
Bulletins - May 25, 2018
 

U.S., UK issue warning over Russian hacks;
The war on Telegram commences

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2214
Bulletins - May 16, 2018
 

Tit-for-tat economic sanctions from Russia;
Target: Telegram

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2213
Bulletins - May 15, 2018
 

New U.S. sanctions begin to bite;
Russia frustrates response to Syrian atrocities

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2212
Bulletins - May 7, 2018
 

New U.S. sanctions target Russian elites;
The slow death of Russia's rural schools

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2211
Bulletins - May 4, 2018
 

The Russian threat to undersea cables;
Revealed: Russia's strategy to destabilize Ukraine

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2210
Bulletins - May 1, 2018
 

A step forward for Nord Stream 2;
Warming ties between Moscow and Doha

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2209
Bulletins - April 26, 2018
 

Fresh worries over Russian cyberwarfare;
New revelations about Moscow-Tehran ties

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2208
Bulletins - April 24, 2018
 

Pentagon ponders how to nullify Russia's nuclear strategy;
The Kremlin's quiet aid to the Taliban

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2207
Bulletins - April 23, 2018
 

Russia's cyberwar against the U.S.;
A tit-for-tat on the sanctions front

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2206
Bulletins - April 12, 2018
 

A new Kremlin counterterrorism sweep;
New details in Skripal case point to Russia

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2205
Bulletins - April 11, 2018
 

The cost of the Kremlin's political meddling in Europe;
Back to official anti-Semitism

 
New Sanctions Rightly Tighten The Noose On Russia
Articles - April 9, 2018
 

The new cold war between Moscow and Washington just got a little bit colder.

On Friday, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a
new round of economic sanctions against 38 separate Russian personalities and businesses. The measure represents a major escalation of pressure against the Kremlin, because it singles out a number of key stakeholders as a way of ratcheting up the costs to Russia's leadership of their country's increasingly hostile international behavior.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2204
Bulletins - April 9, 2018
 

Skripal scandal deepens;
Fudging the numbers on Russian mortality

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2203
Bulletins - April 5, 2018
 

Greater NATO resolve needed;
Another poisoning in London

 
In AI, Russia Is Hustling To Catch Up
Articles - April 4, 2018
 

When Vladimir Putin said last fall that artificial intelligence is "humanity's future" and that the country that masters it will "get to rule the world," some observers guessed that the Russian president was hinting at unrevealed progress and breakthroughs in the field. But a glance at publicly available statistics indicates otherwise. Russia's annual domestic investment in AI is probably around 700 million rubles ($12.5 million) - a paltry sum next to the billions being spent by American and Chinese companies. Even if private-sector investment rises as expected to 28 billion rubles ($500 million) by 2020, that will still be just a fraction of the global total.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2202
Bulletins - April 3, 2018
 

An energy war against Ukraine;
Russia's costly Syria campaign

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2201
Bulletins - April 2, 2018
 

In Syria, Russia is both "arsonist and firefighter";
A new arms race with Russia?

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2200
Bulletins - March 30, 2018
 

Hacking Pyongchang;
How Russia is helping America's arms industry

 
Russia Wants to Build a Whole City for Developing Weapons
Articles - March 29, 2018
 

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union organized its vast academic and industrial resources to achieve scientific and industrial breakthroughs for the nation’s military forces. Locked in the global struggle against Washington’s massive military-industrial complex, Moscow needed its best and brightest citizens working on a vast array of technologies and principles to match and potentially “overtake” its rival.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2199
Bulletins - March 29, 2018
 

Russian doping, again;
The cost of U.S.-Russian friction

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2198
Bulletins - March 28, 2018
 

Russia's proxy fight in Syria;
Sobchak's electoral shenanigans

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2197
Bulletins - March 19, 2018
 

Navalny senses a cover-up;
Who's in charge in Syria?

 
What Moscow Thinks About When It Thinks About War Robots
Articles - March 17, 2018
 

Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu made a significant announcement in mid-March 2018 at a domestic technology forum. "The serial production of combat robots for the Russian armed forces may start already this year," he stated.

Shoigu also implied, in response a question about whether remote-controlled unmanned systems would be utilized in the future, that the concept of a combat unmanned system remotely operated by a human has already been implemented in the Russian armed forces.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2196
Bulletins - March 15, 2018
 

New moves in the Middle East;
Another regional governor faces the music

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2195
Bulletins - March 12, 2018
 

Russia's troublesome Taliban ties;
A new focus on nuclear competition

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No 2194
Bulletins - March 9, 2018
 

Moldova moves against Russian disinformation;
No love for the new NPR

 
The Russian Military Wants Students to Design Its New Underwater Drone
Articles - March 7, 2018
 

In recent years, Russian Federation borrowed one great idea from the United States — creating a federally funded center for breakthrough and innovating technologies. The Foundation of Advanced Studies — basically the Russian DARPA — launched in 2013.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2193
Bulletins - March 2, 2018
 

Sobchak's abortive Chechnya campaign;
Israel seeks Russia's help in Syria

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2192
Bulletins - February 28, 2018
 

Moscow takes Tehran's side;
Preparing a "tough" response to new protests

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2191
Bulletins - February 27, 2018
 

The "Putin Team" gathers steam;
Russia courts nuclear clients in the Americas