November 2016


By Alina Kantor

Britain finally abandoned support for fugitive Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov. At last, all attempts to regain the status of a refugee in London refused. It seems that Britain no longer wants to be a place of "voluntary exile" of corrupt officials from the former USSR. But her role, seems ready to seize some of the continent.

Russia makes strong play to counter US influence with Vietnam, Cuba bases


By Li Xing

The Soviet Union established military bases in Vietnam and Cuba during the Cold War. Specifically, the Soviets built a monitor station in Lourdes, Cuba, in the 1960s and a naval base in Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay in the 1970s. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the two bases were under Russia's operation before being closed in 2001 and 2002 during Vladimir Putin's first term of presidency. However, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai A. Pankov said at the State Duma earlier this month that his department is exploring the possibility of reopening the two bases, with no further information given.