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Exclusive: Western Intelligence Fears New Russian Sat-Nav’s Espionage Capabilities

Russia's Sat-Nav Espionage Capabilities

Russia is preparing to introduce a new generation of its GLONASS satellite navigation system, with expanded global infrastructure. Several Western intelligence agencies say the program is also being used to conduct high-level espionage.

The Russian Agent Who Escaped

The Russian Agent Who Escaped

Mayorov would this time travel under a cover name and plant flash drives with compromising material on Belova so that she could be turned over to the French authorities. He’d asked his recruiter, Galiakberov, “Aren't you afraid that I’ll just stay there?” Galiakberov replied that if he did, he’d “come back in a zinc coffin.”

Czechs and Imbalances

Czechs and Imbalances

But then there’s the awkward fact that the Czechs themselves have, by their own admission, played a strong hand incredibly poorly, owing largely to the fact that high-profile members of their political establishment are more eager to represent Moscow’s interests over Prague’s.

Michael Weiss,
Holger Roonemaa
The Soviet Origins of Putin’s Mercenaries

The Soviet Origins of Putin’s Mercenaries

Where did the notorious Wagner Group come from, and why has Vladimir Putin relied so heavily on Russian mercenaries in the last decade? Ruslan Trad argues it’s because they’re good for business, and they have a proven track record — from Soviet-occupied Afghanistan.

Ruslan Trad
How an Email Sting Operation Unearthed a pro-Assad Conspiracy—and Russia’s Role In It

How an Email Sting Operation Unearthed a pro-Assad Conspiracy—and Russia’s Role In It

Attempts to undermine the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' investigation of the 2018 Douma chemical weapon attack involved Russian diplomats, Russian state media, WikiLeaks, and Julian Assange’s personal lawyer.

Michael Weiss,
Jett Goldsmith
The City of Kazan and Russia’s Non-Slavic Future

The City of Kazan and Russia’s Non-Slavic Future

As Russia’s demographics shift from a predominantly Slavic, Orthodox Christian population to one that is increasingly Muslim and non-Slavic, the country’s very national identity is likely to evolve. One city shows the way.

Eugene Chausovsky
You Don’t Have to Be Recruited to Work for Russian Intelligence

You Don’t Have to Be Recruited to Work for Russian Intelligence

Confidential contacts can be virtually anyone: politicians, diplomats, scientists, businessmen, engineers, and reporters. They have no state secrets to pass on, and the safest way of engaging them is in plain sight, under the guise of their everyday work.

Michael Weiss