Vladimir Platov

Why is the West Annoyed Only by Russian PMCs?

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Once again in an ecstatic anti-Russian frenzy, the collective West is waging an information war against Russian private military companies…

What Will Taliban Drug Policy Look Like?

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In an attempt to showcase humane foundations of its policies with the purpose to convince the international community to promptly…

Pakistani Regional Influence is on the Rise

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In recent months in the wake of the events in Afghanistan, Pakistan has conspicuously increased its regional influence, a fact noticed not only by the most active international actors, but also by Pakistan itself. Thus, on September, 22 at a business conference in Islamabad Pakistani Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry…

Why is Saakashvili in Georgia Now?

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Mikheil Saakashvili’s theatrical return after eight years in exile and flight from Georgia, where he has been convicted twice for various criminal offences, has attracted increased attention not only in this Caucasus country. The very moment of his appearance in Georgia – on the eve of the local elections in which more than 40 political parties will participate, as well as the arrest…

Why is There Now a Crisis in Relations Between Azerbaijan and Iran?

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Recent weeks have seen a significant military escalation on the border between Azerbaijan and Iran. With belligerent statements made by both sides, Iranian troops are being transferred to the border with their northern neighbor. Explaining the move, Brigadier-General Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the Ground Forces of the Islamic…

UN Peacekeepers Accused of Crimes Again

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Another scandal involving the criminal activities of UN peacekeepers is unfolding in the Central African Republic. The Central Africans sent an open letter to the UN Security Council demanding the end of the multidimensional mission (MINUSCA) and peacekeepers’ withdrawal from the country. One of the reasons for the dissatisfaction of the citizens of the republic…

Is there “Just Peace” Underneath Turkish Bayonets?

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Turkish President Erdoğan, who has long dreamed of restoring the former Ottoman Empire under his rule, including power-based methods, attended the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in a desperately bellicose mood, accompanied, as always, by numerous guards. At the behest of the Turkish leader, this visit was preceded by a propaganda campaign about the allegedly…

A Window of Opportunity Opens Up for the Lebanese

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After 13 months of political vacuum, a new government was finally announced in Lebanon, led by Najib Mikati, a 65-year-old Lebanese billionaire who headed the cabinet in 2005 and also in 2011-2013. He ranks 446th in the list of the world’s wealthiest people with at least $2.6 billion in capital. Initially, he played the role of a compromise prime minister to lead…

An Answer to US Biolabs and American Secret Military Programs

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The unchecked expansion of the US secretive military biolabs network along the Russian borders is a matter of concern not only to Moscow but also to many post-Soviet republics and the international community.  To this date, the United States has created an actual spider web of secret biolabs around the world. Since 1997…

The Gap between Washington and Islamabad is Widening

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In recent years, there has been an undisguised deterioration in relations between Washington and Islamabad. However, this breakdown with a country once considered a critical military and political ally of the United States in South Asia and the Middle East has long been evident. The US-Pakistan alliance has already been severely damaged since the killing of Osama…

Why does Dushanbe Draw Widespread Attention?

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Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, has received a noticeable increase in media attention in recent reports. Numerous media covered in detail the celebration of the 30th anniversary of state independence of Tajikistan, which ended on September 9 in Dushanbe with a grand celebratory fireworks display and a colorful concert program. On September…

Why is Iran Joining the SCO?

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At the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), to be held on September 16-17 in Tajikistan, the official announcement of the procedure of Iran’s admission to its membership is expected. It will be an anniversary summit of the organization founded 20 years ago in 2001 by six states – The Shanghai Five (China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan), formed in 1996, and joined…


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