A decisive role in the outcome of the war in Syria, interference in the US presidential elections, and the race for intercontinental ballistic missiles supremacy. Twelve months ago we wrote that 2015 had been the year of Russia. Today we could say the same thing of 2016, and with more than one reason.
There is something that links the major parties supporting the “No” vote to the constitutional referendum of 4 December: their love for Putin. And the fact that they go to Moscow, rather than to Rome, to corroborate their positions.
Estonia is training an army to be ready for partisan warfare, Lithuania distributes manuals for armed resistance in schools and Latvia is giving out night vision goggles and weapons to keep at home. Everything to defend themselves from Russia.
Yesterday, the collective of Ukrainian "hacktivists" called Cyber Hunta released the second batch of emails leaked from the account of Vladislav Surkov, Putin's close adviser and emissary for the Ukraine crisis. One more hit in the cyber war with Russia.
The first official image of the new Russian intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) RS-28 Sarmat – NATO codename Satan 2 – caused a huge media response. With its figures it already hits before being launched. But why does Russia need it?
The Russian threat, the Kremlin’s hackers and Trump’s relations with Putin: the Russian connection was among the leading topics during the first face-off between the two candidates. The Russian press was unusually balanced, but the same cannot be said about the web.