News Alert No.29: Security Council will discuss shutting Russia off from the global Internet in case of emergency

Russia Internet

According to, on September 19, 2014, Russian authorities are discussing the possibility to shut off the country from global Internet in case of emergencies, referring to members of the Russian telecom operators, Internet companies, and nonprofit organizations. According to the same source, this topic will be discussed on September 22, 2014 at a meeting of […]

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Policy Brief No.33: New bill in the Duma, limiting the share foreign businessmen can invest in Russian media companies to only 20 %

Russia media

On September 17, 2014, representatives of the three factions in the Russian State Duma introduced a bill aimed at limiting the maximum possible capital share of foreign investors in media companies to only 20%. Under the current law, foreign ownership limit of TV and radio companies is set at 50%, and this restriction does not […]

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Policy Brief No.30 : Russia – Japan: a relationship with ‘ups’ and ‘downs’

Russia Japan

On September 15, Japanese Nikkei newspaper announced that Japanese Navy and the Russian Pacific Fleet will jointly hold search and rescue exercises, most probably in late September near Vladivostok. Joint exercises between the two countries take place on a regular basis since 1998[1] but this year they have a deeper meaning because contacts between Russia […]

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Policy Brief No.23: Australia’s new submarines – a strategic tool for ‘containing’ a growing China

Australia Japan submarine

According to, the next generation of Australian diesel-electric submarines could be made in Japan. The Australian Government may select the Japanese-built Soryu-class submarine to replace locally built Collins Class boats as the navy’s key strike weapon beyond 2030. The decision will be announced before the end of the year. German builder TKMS told a […]

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News Alert No. 18: Russian Prime Minister: If West adopts new sanctions against Moscow, we have to respond asymmetrically

Air space of the Russian Federation

According to Ria Novosti, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that if West will adopt new sanctions against Russia in the energy sector or the financial sector, Moscow should respond asymmetrically, possibly by banning foreign flights in the air space of the Russian Federation.[1] “We proceed from the fact that we have friendly relations with […]

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News Alert No. 17: Intensely contradictory media reports on NATO weapons for Ukraine


Yuri Lytsenko, senior aide to Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said on September 7, on his Facebook page that “at the NATO summit agreements were reached on the provision of military advisers and supplies of modern armaments from the United States, France, Italy, Poland and Norway”[1]. Few hours later, defense ministry officials (some of them holding […]

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Policy Brief No.20: Mistral deal with Russia: cancelled or simply on hold?


On September 7, 2014,  Dr, Aude Fleurant, Director of the SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) new Arms Transfers and Arms Production Programme, told Radio VR. that “The Mistral deal has not been cancelled by Paris so far and the delivery of the first ship has been made conditional to the achievement of a ceasefire […]

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