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

The view from Russia: Aftermath of the revolution in Ukraine

  • Source: Intelligence unit
  • Filed: 10 April 2014

A fortnightly series looking at how major events and issues are reported in Russian media. This week we examine the way pro-Kremlin Russian media has been portraying the current situation in Ukraine as increasingly dangerous and unstable, with the interim government unable to maintain even basic law and order. Read more

The view from Russia: Russia’s neighbours react to annexation of Crimea

  • Source: Intelligence unit
  • Filed: 27 March 2014
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A fortnightly series looking at how major events and issues are reported in Russian media. This week we examine the limited coverage of the reactions to the Crimean referendum of Russia’s immediate neighbours and so-called allies, former Soviet satellites and members of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Read more

The view from Russia: Russia faces off with the West over Crimea

  • Source: Intelligence unit
  • Filed: 13 March 2014

A fortnightly series looking at how major events and issues are reported in Russian media. This week we examine how Russian moves in Crimea are being reported, including attempts to identify Russian military vehicles in use by the unidentified gunmen at key Crimean points and the lack of a status quo option in the upcoming Crimean referendum. Read more

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