Intelligence brief: Russia’s electronic warfare capability in Ukraine

  • Source: Intelligence unit
  • Filed: 7 July 2015
  • 2 responses

Russian forces and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine have significant advantages over Ukrainian forces in the area of electronic warfare. Russian forces are effectively able to nullify the Ukrainian communications and GPS signals in the regions they are deployed to. The advantages the Russians are enjoying in this area are directly contributing to the losses suffered by the Ukrainian armed forces. Western supporters of Kiev might consider supplying the Ukrainians with defensive capabilities, including electronic countermeasures. Read more

Azerbaijan cracks down on NGOs, human rights activists and media outlets

  • Source: Blog
  • Filed: 19 January 2015

Since December 2014, Azerbaijani authorities have ramped-up crackdowns on media outlets critical to the regime, as well as on the activities of NGOs and human rights lawyers. Given the increasing number of protests in response to recent government actions, draconian responses to these protests by the Azerbaijani government may result in a moderate outbreak of violence. Read more

Attacks in Paris risk further polarising French populace and increasing prejudices against Muslims

  • Source: Blog
  • Filed: 14 January 2015

On 7 January, two brothers, Said and Cherif Kouachi, with apparent ties to Yemen’s al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), attacked the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. On 9 January, a third individual, Amedy Coulibaly, who had connections with the Kouachi brothers and Islamic State, entered a kosher supermarket in the Porte de Vincennes area of Paris, killing four individuals and taking a number of hostages. Read more

Strategic Order of Battle: Russian Airborne Forces

  • Author: Rob O'Gorman
  • Published: 24 October 2014

This handbook from Open Briefing provides an in-depth look at the ongoing transformation of Russia’s airborne forces, together with a strategic order of battle that details personnel and equipment levels for each of Russia’s four airborne divisions, four independent air assault brigades, Spetsnaz regiment, headquarters units and training division. As such, it represents the most detailed open source intelligence on Russia’s airborne forces available today. Read more

The view from Russia: Suspension of South Stream pipeline redoubles pressure on Russia

  • Source: Intelligence unit
  • Filed: 16 June 2014

A fortnightly series looking at how major events and issues are reported in Russian media. This week we examine Read more

The view from Russia: Ukraine elects new president

  • Source: Intelligence unit
  • Filed: 30 May 2014

A fortnightly series looking at how major events and issues are reported in Russian media. This week we examine the Kremlin’s unexpectedly amiable response to Ukraine’s presidential election, which a pro-Europe candidate won. Read more

The view from Russia: Eastern Ukraine regions hold referendum on autonomy

  • Source: Intelligence unit
  • Filed: 15 May 2014

A fortnightly series looking at how major events and issues are reported in Russian media. This week we examine the Kremlins tepid reaction to the referendums recently held in eastern Ukraine, which stands in marked contrast to its rapid annexation of Crimea. Read more

The view from Russia: Russia reacts to looming sanctions

  • Source: Intelligence unit
  • Filed: 24 April 2014

A fortnightly series looking at how major events and issues are reported in Russian media. This week we examine the Kremlin’s reaction to the United States’ threat to impose additional, more severe, economic sanctions against Russia if it does not cease interference in Ukraine and pull its troops back from the border. Read more

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