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Published in Press Stream:
September 29, 2015

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Published in Stream:
September 29, 2015
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Putin’s New Axis of Resistance: Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Hezbollah
5 years
Stream: September 29, 2015
Publication: Putin in Syria
Foreign Journalists Take Video From Inside Russia's Airbase in Syria

The Interpreter's managing editor James Miller has published new analysis in The Daily Beast, examining Putin's address to the United Nations General Assembly and the Russian strategy in Syria.

According to the Russian President, state sponsors of terrorism are the West’s only partners for fighting terrorism:

Putin's New Axis of Resistance: Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Hezbollah

One year ago, on September 5, 2014, a group of Russian agents, armed with smoke grenades, radio jammers, and guns, crossed eight kilometers into NATO territory, subdued a NATO counterintelligence agent and kidnapped him across the border. Eston Kohver (married, father of four) was then tried in Moscow as a spy and, despite inadequate legal representation, he was given 15 years in prison.

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Sep 29, 2015 19:02 (GMT)

An excerpt:

Putin’s strategy—in Georgia, Estonia, in Ukraine, and now in Syria—is transparently simple. He wishes to define himself as the defender of independent nations who dare to defy Western imperialists and their puppet states. In Putin’s rhetoric, anti-authoritarian revolutions are Western proxy wars, “human rights violations” are excuses for Western annexation of sovereign governments, economic agreements designed to modernize economies and defensive pacts voluntarily signed in light of Russian aggression are really daggers pointed at the Russian Motherland. And anyone who defies Russia or its allies is either a “terrorist” or a “Nazi.”

-- James Miller