Category: Siloviki

by Gordon M. Hahn Perhaps now, with the fourth presidential term for Vladimir Putin having begun, we can put aside all the empty talk of ‘imminent coups’, color revolutions, ‘fatal illnesses,’ and perhaps the American rusological community that foisted them upon our post-fact world and get down to some realistic forecasting about the tack Putin […]

by Gordon M. Hahn Putin’s leading liberal opponent in the Russian presidential election campaign, Kseniya Sobchak, excluded in convincing terms even the remote possibility that Putin was behind the 2000 murder of her father and his mentor, the late pro-democracy Mayor of St. Petersburg Anatolii Sobchak — a version of his death favored in the […]

by Gordon M. Hahn UPDATE: NOVICHOK AGENT OR “RELATED COMPOUND” On 22 March 2018 a petition was submitted to a court in the United Kingdom requesting a judgment, which was approved, as to whether the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons should be allowed to take samples of the blood of former GRU colonel […]

by Gordon M. Hahn British Prime Minister Teresa May has accused the Russian state and President Vladimir Putin in the poisoning and attempted murder of former Russian GRU agent Sergei Skrypal, his daughter, and some 22 others in Salisbury, England. May offered a caveat that perhaps the Russian state had lost control over its chemical […]

by Gordon M. Hahn PUTIN’S ‘MISSILE SPEECH.’ Was Putin’s 1 March 2018 ‘missile speech’ a provocation or a response to NATO expansion, US withdrawal from the ABM Treaty, and US development of an anti-missile defense system that surrounds Russia but is claimed targets Iran? The US is producing new high-speed and cheap interceptor missiles as […]

by Gordon M. Hahn Opposition leader Alexei Navalnyi’s recent corruption allegations against Russian Prime Minister and former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev poses a grave threat to Medvedev’s political survival in that position. The timing of the allegations is crucial, coming as the presidential campaign approaches as does Putin’s impending decision whether or not to retain […]