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Russia is Weaponizing Culture

The hybrid warfare that Russia has been waging against Europe and the West, especially since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis, is a fight for people’s hearts, minds and souls.
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Shift in RT Arabic coverage indicates Russia is in Mideast to stay           

RT Arabic’s reporting seems to have shifted in mid-May with the aim of highlighting that Russia intends to remain active in the Mideast for the long term. RT Arabic presented Russian forces as mitigating violence in the region. Also, the opening of talks about S-300 air-defence systems shows that Russia is willing to ensure other regional players’ interests in return for them backing its interests in the region. 

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States within states: how corruption in the Baltic transport sector perpetuates Russia’s economic influence

Since Russia’s incursion into Ukraine in 2014, the Baltic States have kept an especially watchful eye on the Kremlin. Recently, aside from voicing concerns about the joint Russian-Belarusian Zapad 2017 exercise and Iskander deployments in Kaliningrad, Baltic countries have taken steps to consolidate their defenses and prepare their institutions for a similar hybrid Crimea scenario.
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