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In a surprise move, clearly aimed at bolstering his own personal power and security, President Vladimir Putin has announced the formation of a Russian National Guard. The new entity is to be created within the Ministry of the Interior (MVD) and its mandate will be to fight terrorism and organized crime. This, however, is a mere facade. ...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
As winter approaches, Ukraine’s embattled government faces a radically different set of challenges than those it grappled with just weeks ago. Instead of deriving comfort from the stillness that has descended on the Donbas battlefield with Russian-backed separatists, the authorities in Kiev must deal with an emerging threat from their own far right. A rebellion may...