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Russia’s Northern Fleet on high alert for massive arctic exercise

Russia's Northern Fleet

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com On March 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin, issued a military order to 38,000 troops to launch a massive arctic exercise. Re-emerging after a mysterious disappearance from the public eye for more than 10 […]

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Former Japan PM visits Crimea, endorses Russia’s annexation

Ex-Japan PM defends referendum in Crimea as constitutional

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com A senior Japanese statesman shocked many with his visit to Crimea on March 11, where he publicly praised Russia’s annexation. Yukio Hatoyama was Japan’s prime minister briefly from September 2009 to June 20110. […]

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Russian rights official blocked from seeing Nemtsov killing suspects

From left, Tamerlan Eskerkhanov, Shagid Gubashev and Khamzad Bakhaev in Moscow. The suspects in the killing of Boris Nemtsov were ordered to remain in jail pending a decision on filing charges. / Ivan Sekretarev / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The head of the Russian presidential human rights council says he has not been allowed to visit detained suspects in the killing of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Mikhail Fedotov told Interfax […]

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Dr. Kissinger, call the office: There may be a fix for Ukraine crisis, but it won’t be easy

Henry Kissinger with Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Dr. Assad Homayoun, Senior Fellow, International Strategic Studies Association, How can valid and durable strategic policy be made with regard to Ukraine, given that the crisis centered around the state could well have profound consequences for […]

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Black humor, of the Russian online kind, greets rumors of Putin’s demise


Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russian President Vladimir Putin has not been seen in public since March 5. And with little further information to go by — his press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said simply that there […]

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Where’s Putin? Tough guy drops off Russian radar screen


Special to WorldTribune.com The Kremlin had to tell the press corps today that  Russian President Vladimir Putin was in good health despite his week-long absence from the public eye . Putin was last seen on March 5, when he met […]

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Winning ‘hybrid wars’: U.S. civilian sector could best answer Putin-Lenin-ISIL style threats

'Man at the Crossroads': Fresco at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City glorifies Vladimir Lenin.

Special to WorldTribune.com by Harlan Ullman It is seductive to conclude that “hybrid war” is a creature of the 21st century in which technology now offers an alternative and indeed reinforcement to the blunter use of military force. Based on […]

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Soft power for sale: Money talks through NGOs backed by Soros, Putin, et al.


Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey Ostensibly benign, independent NGOs are effective propaganda tools for those with the means — such as Russia. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)are becoming ever-more significant on the international scene. Non-profit and generally non-taxed organizations, ostensibly with […]

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Dangerous: An undetected Russian sub and the ‘likeability’ factor in U.S. politics


THE BEST OF LEV Lev Navrozov Lev Navrozov emigrated from the Soviet Union with his family in 1972. He so cherished the freedom of press he found here that he dedicated his remaining years to alerting otherwise-oblivious Americans to the […]

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Cyprus signs deal to allow Russian navy to use ports


Special to WorldTribune.com Russian ships were granted access to ports in Cyprus in an agreement between Vladimir Putin and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. The deal, which was projected in the Backgrounder column of Geostrategy-Direct, comes as tensions build between Moscow […]

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