After Five Bloody Years in Syria, Russia Is Turning Against Iran—and Assad

by Jeremy Hodge | The Daily Beast

(The article first appeared on May 9, 2020)

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty

GAZIANTEP, Turkey—After five years fighting to preserve Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, Russia now appears inclined to dispose of its infamous client.… Continues

Is Vladimir Putin Secretly the Richest Man in the World?


They say money equals power, and Vladimir Putin has plenty of power of right now.

But how much money does he have?

He’s not telling.

Figuring out the Russian president’s net worth has long been the holy grail of spooks and hacks around the world.… Continues

Russia sees record rise as virus cases surge past 130,000


(This article first appeared on May 3, 2020)

Russia’s official fatality rate has remained low in comparison to countries like Italy, Spain and the United States, although infections are on the increase (AFP Photo/Yuri KADOBNOV)

Moscow (AFP) – Russia on Sunday reported a new record daily rise in coronavirus infections as the number of confirmed cases surged past 130,000.… Continues

Russia reports spike in coronavirus cases as other countries ease restrictions

By Joe McDonald, Associated Press | PA Media: World News

(This article first appeared on May 2, 2020)

Russia reports spike in coronavirus cases as other countries ease restrictions

Russia has reported its highest one-day jump in new coronavirus cases as some other countries relax lockdown restrictions.… Continues

Putin’s foreign minister bristles at suggestion Russia is using coronavirus pandemic to boost its global influence

‘Russophobia’ is at play, says Lavrov

By Associated Press | Market Watch

(This article first appeared on April 15, 2020)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister on Tuesday angrily rejected Western claims that Moscow has used the coronavirus crisis to expand its political influence, saying the world needs unity to surmount the pandemic.… Continues

Ambulance jams, unprotected doctors, and mixed messages from Putin: Inside Russia’s chaotic response to the coronavirus pandemic

by (Sophia Ankel)Business Insider

(This article first appeared on April 20, 2020)

Ruslan Nazarov, head of the Murmansk Region Branch of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, at a mobile field hospital in the village of Mezhdurechye on April 15, 2020.

A Doctor Who Met Putin Just Tested Positive, and Russia’s COVID-19 Crackdowns Could Get Real Ugly.

by Anna Nemtsova | The Daily Beast

Alexei Druzhinin/Getty

MOSCOW—Amid a growing uproar in newly locked-down Russia, news broke on Tuesday that a doctor President Vladimir Putin met with just a week ago during a highly publicized visit to a coronavirus treatment facility has now tested positive for the infection himself.… Continues

This Is Why Hitler’s Air Force Was Such A Problem For The World War II Allies

The strategic air campaign leading up to the invasion was long and bloody.

by Warfare History Network | The National Interest

ey point: By the time the invasion began, American bomber losses had dropped to negligible proportions, and the Luftwaffe had been virtually driven from the skies over its own homeland.… Continues

China Hates India’s Fast and Sneaky Brahmos Missiles

No way to counter it?

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key point: China has no good way to defend itself against India’s missiles. However, both countries are nuclear powers and so will deter each other.

While many of us remain mesmerized by the unfolding shambles in the Middle East, the world’s two most populous countries have gotten into a tiff over missiles.… Continues