Posts by Dmitry Gorenburg

Dmitry Gorenburg 10-19-2016
(RMR) Russia and India signed a major arms deal on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Goa this past weekend. The deal included four major components. First, India becomes the second country after China to receive S-400 long-range air defense missiles. The agreement is for Russia to provide either 4 or 5 S-400 battalions to India. (Russian sources report the lower number, while Indian sources went with the higher one.) While a contract has not yet been...
Dmitry Gorenburg 08-01-2016
(RMR) There have long been reports that the ongoing delays with the commissioning of the Admiral Gorshkov frigate have to do with defects in its air defense systems. These were thought to be primarily related to problems with integration of the Poliment Redut air defense missile system. The Poliment system was designed to be Russia’s answer to AEGIS, with four phased array antennas that are able to track 16 targets at the same time. The Redut system...
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Dmitry Gorenburg 07-20-2016
In April 2016, I published a short article in the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief discussing the role of Russia's Black Sea Fleet post-Crimea annexation. Here’s the text, as usual with no edits other than restoring some cuts made for space reasons. Subject: The growing power of the Russian navy in the Black Sea region. Significance: Russia's annexation of Crimea has reshaped the geopolitical environment in the Black Sea and its neighbourhood. New frigates...
Dmitry Gorenburg 07-18-2016
(BlogTalkRadio) From the sacking of the Baltic Fleet leadership, fighting in Syria, to developments from Central Asia to the Pacific - Russia in 2016 is on the move. To discuss the who, what, where, and why of Russia in 2016, our guest for the full hour will be Dr. Dmitry Gorenburg, Senior Analyst, CNA Strategic Studies, an Associate at Harvard’s...
Dmitry Gorenburg 07-05-2016
More information has come out on the June 29 purge of the Russian Baltic Fleet command structure. First of all, the size of the purge is unprecedented, with around 50 high ranking officers being removed, including squadron and brigade commanders. Second, it is highly unusual for removals of top military officials (or of any senior officials in present-day Russia) to be public and openly for cause, rather than officially being described as being for health...
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-16-2016
Today’s installment of the Moscow International Security Conference 2016 slides brings us to Andrei Ravkov, the Minister of Defense of Belarus, who spoke at the European security plenary session near the end of the conference. Video of his speech is available in Russian and in English.  Click here to view the slides (Russian Military Reform blog) Also see: Slides from MCIS 2016 panel on Color Revolutions (May 11) Gerasimov slides from...
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-11-2016
Two more sets of slides today, both from the panel on Color Revolutions and Regional Security at the Moscow International Security Conference 2016. The first set goes with the speech by Major General Sergei Afanasyev, Deputy Chief of the Main Directorate of the Russian General Staff. While the text of the speech is not available, there is a video with English translation (starts at approximately 3 minute mark). Click here to view the ...
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-11-2016
Две группы слайдов с секции "Цветные" революции и региональная безопасность на Московской междлународной конференции по безопасности - 2016. Первая группа слайдов - это доклад генерал-майора Сергея Афанасьева. Хотя полный текст доклада недоступен, но зато есть видео с английским переводом - video with English translation (начинается примерно на 3-ей минуте).   Слайды также можнол просмотреть здесь - Click here to view the slides (Russian Military Reform...
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-09-2016
A number of people have asked me to post the slides from the MCIS conference. I have a number of sets. First up is Valery Gerasimov’s presentation. These slides can be usefully combined with the Russian text of his speech or the translated English language video of his remarks. Click here to view the slides (Russian Military Reform blog) Also see: Moscow International Security Conference 2016 edition (May 4)
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-04-2016
Last week, I was once again in attendance at the Russian MOD’s Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS). This was the fifth such conference and the third that I’ve attended. In the past, I’ve summarized all the key speeches by Russian participants. That seems less necessary this year as video from the entire conference has been posted online, both in Russian and in English.  I do have the slides from most of the speeches, which have not been...

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