First Step Towards Final Victory

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On December 1941, the Soviet troops began the counteroffensive in the Battle of Moscow, whose 75th anniversary we are celebrating this year. The Red Army’s operation culminated in the failed blitzkrieg…

Foreign Press Review (19.12-25.12)

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Last week the Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot dead at the opening of an art exhibition in Ankara. The killer was a Turkish police officer, who shouted after firing “Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria”. Some experts initially expressed concern that the assassination could result in a new standoff in Russia-Turkey relations similar to the consequences of shooting down a Russian fighter jet in 2015 while others even compared it to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914, which led to World War I. However, almost immediately the leadership of both countries emphasized that they consider Karlov’s murder as a “provocation” aimed at undermining rapprochement between Moscow and Ankara.

Rethinking Russia Digest: New Year Edition

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Dear readers!

Rethinking Russia wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We thank you for your attention to the work of the Centre and look forward to a meeting in the New Year.

We would like to introduce the special Christmas edition of the digest, which includes the most interesting and relevant materials of the Center as a gift. For your convenience, the materials are divided into thematic categories.

Russian Diplomat Murder in Ankara – Terrorism will not win out

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Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov has been shot dead in Ankara.

A gun-wielding man burst into the hall of the Modern Art Gallery and opened fire at a Russian diplomat, while the latter was several minutes into his speech and was about to finish his remarks at the opening of a photo exhibition titled “Russia Through Turks’ Eyes”. As some footage of the attack showed, the attacker fired several shots. Andrei Karlov died of his wounds.

Foreign Press Review (12.12-18.12)

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Last week the “hysteria” around the alleged Russia’s meddling into the US presidential election continued to dominate the headlines. Firstly it was said in the media that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which is responsible for overseeing the US intelligence community, did not fully embrace the recent CIA findings that the Russia’s aim was to help Trump win.

Nikos Voutsis Visits Moscow

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This week President of the Hellenic Parliament Nikos Voutsis has paid an official visit to Moscow. During his stay he held negotiations with the leadership of both houses of Russia’s Parliament. Apart from strengthening inter-parliamentary cooperation, the meeting is timed to coincide with the Russian-Greek bilateral year.