Category: What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath – Mobilization 2.0 Speculation

We do not usually comment on rumors circulating in Russia. Most are no more than routine speculation observed daily and are quickly proven to be untrue, either because of formal government denial or the passage of time.

What Lies Beneath – New Uzbek Energy Minister Appointed

At the end of September, President Mirziyoyev appointed Jurabek Mirzamahmudov as Energy Minister as well as Deputy Prime Minister with oversight of the fuel, energy, and the chemical industrial complex. This means the government again has six Deputy Prime Ministers.

What Lies Beneath – Ukraine-Russia Conflict: Mobilization and Referenda

President Putin announced a partial mobilization on September 21st, dictated by the need to defend a wide line of attack in Ukraine. Defense Minister Shoigu clarified that the intention is to mobilize about 300,000 out of the 25 million men in Russia who have done compulsory military service.

What Lies Beneath – The Killing of Darya Dugina

On August 20th Darya Dugina was killed by a car bomb after leaving a festival in the Moscow region. Dugina is the daughter of Alexander Dugin, an academic whose conservative Russo-centric geopolitical writings have been cited by President Putin on occasion, although not in recent years.

What Lies Beneath – Industry Ministry Reshuffles

A Presidential Decree has created a new Deputy Prime Minister position, and appointed Denis Manturov to it. Manturov will retain his current role as Minister of Industry and Trade. The Duma confirmed Manturov in the job on Friday.

What Lies Beneath – Proposed Legislation to Outlaw Sanctions Compliance

On April 7th, the Duma registered a new draft bill which would make it a criminal offence by a corporate officer to take actions designed to implement the decisions of a foreign state that are designed to limit the actions of Russia (i.e., implementing sanctions), or which would damage the interests of a person or enterprise in the state.

What Lies Beneath – Russia Duma Nationalization Bill

The Duma is processing legislation that would enable external government administration of foreign companies that are leaving Russia. Senior officials have said that they see this as a last resort, and the legislation is not being rushed.

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