Also by Mike Eckel
December 02, 2022
How Bad Are Things Between Russia And The U.S.? They Can't Even Agree To Discuss Nuclear Weapons Inspections.
They were supposed to meet this week -- technical experts, engineers, and treaty officials from Russia and the United States – to find a way to resume nuclear weapons inspections. Moscow pulled out at the eleventh hour, alarming arms experts, who say it’s a bad omen, now and for future talks.
December 01, 2022
U.S. Prosecutors Move To Seize $5 Million Tied To Russian Oligarch Malofeyev
U.S. prosecutors have moved to seize more than $5 million from a U.S. bank account belonging to Russian businessman Konstantin Malofeyev, a nationalist oligarch who officials say has funded separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine for years.
November 28, 2022
Tech Giant Yandex, Battered By Wartime Censorship, Reorganizes, Will Leave Russia
Russian tech giant Yandex has said it is reorganizing its operations, moving to cut its ties with Russia in a restructuring that solidifies government control over a company once seen as a bellwether for the country's digital economy.
November 16, 2022
Autopsy Says American Investor Known For Russian Nightclub Died Of 'Blunt Force Injuries' Due To Fall
An American stockbroker who made a fortune in the Russian market in the 1990s and 2000s and later co-founded a posh Moscow nightclub before leaving the country died of blunt force injuries suffered as a result of a fall from a Washington, D.C. building.
November 11, 2022
Top Russian General Benefited From Kremlin-Linked Syrian Mining Operation, Investigation Finds
A new investigation has found that the Russian general overseeing the war against Ukraine, Sergei Surovikin, benefited from lucrative deals that involved his wife's businesses, Syrian phosphate mines, and shady payments from a Kremlin-connected businessman.
November 10, 2022
Bad News Politically, Shrewd Move Militarily? What Russia's Kherson Retreat Means -- And What It Doesn't.
The announcement of Russia’s retreat from the Dnieper River’s west bank hit like a lightning bolt, seen instantaneously as another tactical victory for Ukraine, another embarrassing setback for Moscow, and a political problem for President Vladimir Putin. But it’s not clear what’s happening and why.
November 02, 2022
The Rise Of Prigozhin: 'Putin's Chef' Steps Further Into The Limelight
Yevgeny Prigozhin’s notoriety has long been peppered with indictments, murky business transactions, mercenary brutality, and the weaponization of Internet trolling. Eight months into the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the man dubbed “Putin’s chef” is stepping further out of the shadows.
October 21, 2022
How Hard Is Russia Trying To Acquire Sensitive Western Military Technology? A U.S. Indictment Provides Clues.
Russia’s military has for years, if not decades, relied on sensitive Western technology and hardware -- from night-vision goggles to powerful computer chips for fighter jets, radar, and missiles. A U.S. criminal indictment details the lengths Russia has gone to in search of restricted technology.
October 13, 2022
Amid Putin's Saber-Rattling, What Exactly Is A Tactical Nuclear Weapon?
Amid its war on Ukraine, Russia’s nuclear saber-rattling is causing concern. Moscow seems unlikely to launch a barrage of ICBMs on Western capitals, but the use of a nonstrategic weapon, perhaps targeting Ukrainian troops, is no longer out of the question. Here’s a look at tactical nuclear weapons.
October 11, 2022
'General Armageddon': Who Is The Brutal Russian Commander Charged With Winning The Ukraine War?
Two days after taking command of Russia’s faltering war on Ukraine, General Sergei Surovikin launched the biggest air strikes since the invasion was launched seven months ago. If history is any guide, Surovikin is about to lead the war to its deadliest phase yet.
October 03, 2022
Anger Over Russia's Battlefield Defeats Bursts Into The Open, Posing A Challenge For Putin
The Ukrainian victory in the Donetsk region town of Lyman is the latest in a series of major battlefield defeats for Russia’s military. Criticism of Russian commanders is now bubbling to the surface. That’s a problem for the Kremlin
September 30, 2022
Taking Aim At The United States, Putin Casts Ukraine War As An Existential Conflict For Russia
In an address marking Moscow’s attempted seizure of a large swath of Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin said Russia was locked in a life-or-death struggle with the United States. He ignored the realities of the war in Ukraine, where battlefield setbacks are a serious challenge to his ambitions.
September 29, 2022
All The World's A Stage: What To Watch For In Putin's Big Speech
Seven months into Russia's war, amid a massive mobilization and moves to claim sovereignty over large portions of Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin is set to deliver an address at the Kremlin on September 30. Here's what to watch for.
September 23, 2022
Across Russia, Putin's Mobilization Seeps Deeper Into An Anxious Society
At least 300,000 men – and possibly up to 1 million -- are being called up to fight in Ukraine under the mobilization order announced by the Kremlin this week. Already, the impact of a national mobilization is reverberating across the country.
September 15, 2022
Saying The Quiet Part Out Loud: Ukrainian Victories Push Kremlin Toward Potential Mobilization
Since launching its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the Kremlin has balked at the idea of mass mobilization. But Ukraine’s stunning battlefield victories last week have pushed the question back to the front and center: Will Moscow be forced to declare war?
September 11, 2022
Russians Voting In First Regional, Local Elections Since Invasion Of Ukraine
Russians are voting in regional and local elections in a scattering of locations across the country, choosing governors or legislators in the first vote to be held since the Ukraine invasion nearly seven months ago.
September 09, 2022
U.S. Defense Chief Says Ukraine Seeing Battlefield Successes Near Kherson, Kharkiv
Ukrainian forces are showing signs of battlefield successes in two counteroffensives, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said, adding that the United States will support Kyiv in its fight against invading Russian troops "as long as it's needed."