Posts by Dmitry Gorenburg

Dmitry Gorenburg 06-10-2014
(The Moscow Times) The May 23 to 24 Moscow Conference on International Security, sponsored by Russia's Defense Ministry, focused not on conflict zones or technology advances, but on the role of popular protest — specifically "color revolutions," in international security. The speakers, among them top Russian military and diplomatic officials such as Sergei Shoigu and Sergei Lavrov, argued that color revolutions are a new form of warfare invented by ...
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Dmitry Gorenburg 06-03-2014
In addition to the plenary panel, the MCIS conference included two panel discussions, one on the Middle East and North Africa and the second on Afghanistan. The panel entitled "Finding Ways of Stabilization in the Middle East and North Africa" was moderated by Vitaly Naumkin of the Institute of Oriental Studies. Participants included Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, General Vladimir Zarudnitsky -- the head of the Main Operational...
Dmitry Gorenburg 06-02-2014
Главная цель, которую преследовал Путин, проводя Олимпийские игры, – использовать для укрепления своего режима тот патриотический подъем, который обычно возникает в принимающих странах в связи с проведением подобных мероприятий. Российское правительство неоднократно изображало успех своих заявок на проведение крупных спортивных мероприятий в качестве показателя того, что Россия восстанавливает свои позиции крупной державы на международной арене (...
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-30-2014
Last week, I attended the Russian MOD’s Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS). Over the next few days, I plan to share my impressions of the event. First up, the keynote speeches. The lineup of presenters at the plenary session could not have been more prominent. The key Russian speakers included Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov. The other speakers included...
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-23-2014
With the rapid operation that resulted in the annexation of Crimea earlier this year, the Russian military returned to the collective consciousness of the American public. Many commentators were impressed with the “little green men’s” professional demeanor and shiny new equipment. In some cases, this impression was undeservedly expanded to apply to the rest of the Russian military. In this context, it is important to discuss what the Crimean operation...
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-01-2014
As the situation in Ukraine’s eastern regions deteriorates, with more and more administration buildings in eastern cities and towns being occupied by separatist activists, it is worth remembering some parallel events that took place in late January. In the immediate aftermath of the passage of a set of repressive anti-protest laws by the Viktor Yanukovych government, anti-Yanukovych activists took over local administration buildings in a host of western...
Dmitry Gorenburg 04-11-2014
В Крыму действовали элитные подразделения, и по ним нельзя судить о состоянии армии в целом. «Могут ли обычные вооруженные силы России представлять угрозу НАТО? Я так не думаю. По моему мнению, улучшения еще не достигли такого уровня. Но все может быть впереди», — заявил старший аналитик Центра военно-морских исследований США Дмитрий Горенбург […] Читать полностью  | © ДВ-РОСС
Dmitry Gorenburg 04-03-2014
Отдавая должное улучшению подготовки и технического оснащения российской армии, зарубежные эксперты призывают не делать преувеличенных выводов: многие подразделения группировки войск в Крыму являются элитными. Старший аналитик американского Центра военно-морского анализа Дмитрий Горенбург подчеркивает также, что на полуострове не было боестолкновений: "В основном они освобождали объекты и строения от войск, которые не получили никаких приказов либо приказ...
Dmitry Gorenburg 03-13-2014
The crisis in Ukraine has highlighted the importance of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. I’ve written about the fleet in the past, but it may be worthwhile to provide an update, especially as there have been a couple of surveys of the fleet published in recent days in the Russian press and blogosphere. The fleet currently consists of 40 combat ships, 28 of which are on active duty while the others are undergoing repair or modernization. The average age of these...
Dmitry Gorenburg 03-10-2014
Here’s a useful map of the locations of Ukrainian military bases (as of 2008) and Russian forces located near Ukraine’s borders. It’s drawn from a new Russian language blog, and due to limited time I haven’t checked the accuracy of the map, I’m afraid. Feel free to note any inaccuracies in the comments. Note that the majority of Ukraine’s forces are located in Western Ukraine, as the positioning of the forces is left over from the Soviet period, when...

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