Russia Strikes in Syria

After the clashing of glasses and discourses at the UNGA, media headlines were again dominated by diverging narratives on military intervention in Syria. More particular discrepancies like separation of terrorist groups from opposition forces became most apparent in the documented patterns of airstrikes in Syria. American sources such as the Wall Street Journal claimed that efforts by the U.S. and allies to fight the…

Showdown at UN: Obama Meets Putin

In the weeks leading to the UN General Assembly, the Kremlin orchestrated a takeover of an unfolding narrative on civil war in Syria. Increasing Russian military presence appeared to only be the start of Putin’s strategy for the region, as more recent statements revealed joint efforts in intelligence gathering by Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq. These and other developments…

Undesirable presence of foreign NGOs in Russia. Law on NGOs

“Undesirable organizations” in Russia were officially criminalized by the law on May 19, 2015. According to a report from vesti.ru, “undesirable organizations” were deemed to be those performing activities that threatened the state’s security and the population’s health and moral development. The attorney general received power to ban the implementation of programs and projects on…