From Democracy Digest:
President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia is not planning to create a military alliance with China, despite Moscow helping Beijing build a missile attack warning system, Reuters reports (HT:FDD). Yet Russia and China are effectively employing the art of deceit, pairing up to undermine democracy through sharp power, a new report suggests.
Of course, the Kremlin is hardly reluctant to employ more violent methods…………
The last fortnight has seen new revelations in two separate cases of suspected Russian state murder, notes Michael Weiss, Executive Consulting Editor of Coda Story who writes regularly about Russian espionage and disinformation campaigns. In one of these cases, the alleged hit squad was directly a unit of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service. In the other, German authorities recently concluded that there is “sufficient evidence” that the Russian state, or its federated southern republic Chechnya, is responsible for the execution-style killing of an ethnic Chechen asylum-seeker, he adds.
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