Articles by Pavel Felgenhauer



Putin vs. the People

With only 30,000 riot police, most of whom are not in Moscow, the Kremlin doesn't have the means to control mass protests.

Reforms Before Family

The newly appointed prime minister, Viktor Zubkov, told journalists in Sochi on Tuesday that acting Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov had submitted a letter of resignation to President Vladimir Putin.

No Results, Just Promises

President Vladimir Putin assumed power in 2000, in the midst of a bloody military campaign to suppress separatists in Chechnya.

Going Dangerously Astray

This month, Russia lost two jet fighters during military exercises that simulated a major war with NATO.

Admiral's Tangled Legacy

President Vladimir Putin has ousted naval chief Admiral Vladimir Kuroyedov and replaced him with his deputy, Admiral Vladimir Masorin.

Hitting Political Turbulence

Last Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin donned a military flight suit to fly a Tu-160 supersonic long-range strategic bomber. The plane has a four-man crew and no space for passengers, so Putin occupied the place of the first pilot.

Rescuing the Russian Navy

he AS-28 mini-submarine Priz has been salvaged, and the seven crewmembers on board have been miraculously saved.

Conceptual Indecisiveness

Last week, Security Council secretary Igor Ivanov presented a paper titled ""A Strategy for Russia's National Security"" at a nongovernmental think tank.

Only Aiding the Terrorists

The series of explosions that killed or wounded hundreds in London has once again demonstrated the lack of true international cooperation in the war on terrorism.

Growing Nuclear Blindness

Last week, the launch of a military communications satellite from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Archangelsk region ended in a crash six minutes into the flight.

From Graduates to Grunts

Last week the Defense Ministry announced the end of an era: The ministry will all but do away with training civilian university students to become reserve officers, a practice that has existed for more than 50 years.

A Drain on Russia's Energy

When the power blackout hit Moscow last week, I was attending a presentation of the Russian contribution to the latest Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Yearbook on Armaments, Disarmament and International Security.

Joining Forces in Central Asia

After Sept. 11, 2001, the Kremlin had to accept the deployment of U.S. and NATO forces in Central Asia and Afghanistan.

A Victory for State Paranoia

The celebration of Victory Day last Monday brought prominent world leaders to Moscow.

Stymied by Nuclear Secrecy

During last week’s visit to Moscow, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice created quite a stir when she told journalists that progress has been achieved in talks to allow American inspectors access to Russian nuclear installations.

Low Morale, Little Loyalty

Last week, newspapers discussed the results of secret opinion polls made by the Defense Ministry and leaked to the press.

Vice President Lukashenko

Last week, President Vladimir Putin met his Belarussian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, for talks in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi.

Monopoly Won't Take Off

Last week, at a meeting of the government's military industrial committee, Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko presented a plan to create a corporation by the end of 2006 that will put all aircraft production in Russia under the control of a single monopoly.

Thwarting Base Ambitions

In the early 1990s, as the Soviet Union collapsed, the remnant of the Soviet Army in the Transcaucasus region was harassed and its weapons stolen or expropriated.

Rebel Will Not Rest in Peace

After a manhunt lasting several years, the Federal Security Service last week found and killed Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov in the village Tolstoy-Yurt, close to Grozny.

Iran May Soon Have Nukes

Summit meetings between world leaders rarely end in complete disagreement. When a summit is arranged, the documents to be signed are drawn up in advance, ensuring at least a semblance of success.

Proliferation of the Bigwigs

The summit between President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush this Thursday in Bratislava will address proliferation.

Great Weapons for Rogues

The international community has long ignored the activities of a certain network of black-market arms dealers.

Putin Fans Region's Flames

In 1994, when Russian forces first invaded Chechnya, and in 1999, when we went in again, one of the main official explanations of the costly endeavor was that if left in the hands of separatists and other anti-Russian elements, the conflict in Chechnya would spread like the plague to surrounding regions.

A Perfect World Policeman

Millions of Iraqis lined up to vote in the country's first multiparty elections this Sunday.

Low Pay, Protests Don't Mix

Street protests by pensioners over the cancellation of benefits have seriously undermined Russia's political stability.

Mysterious Missiles to Syria

Last week, news reports originating in Israel and reprinted in the Russian media accused Moscow of planning to sell missiles to Syria.

Drafting Students Means Trouble

Just before New Year's, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov announced that all draft deferments would be abandoned, including those given to university students.

Long-Range and Pointless

In the last several weeks, military officials, including Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, have announced that Russia is ready to deliver long-range preventive and pinpoint strikes on terrorist targets. The persistence of these boasts does not allow one to dismiss them as empty posturing.

New PR for an Old Missile

President Vladimir Putin declared last month that the military is preparing to deploy new weapons ""that no other state will have anytime soon.""