Category Archives: Professor Filip Kovacevic

NEWSBUD EXCLUSIVE – What Did Putin Mean When He Thanked the CIA??

A quiet December 17 Sunday morning in the U.S. was shaken by a geopolitical sensation. Many long-time Russia watchers could hardly believe their eyes. The cause for their surprise was a three-paragraph press release on the official website of the Russian president Vladimir Putin detailing an unexpected and unusual phone conversation between Putin and the U.S. president Donald Trump.
According to the press release, Putin “thanked” Trump for the information provided to the Russian intelligence agencies by the CIA which “was enough to locate and detain” the individuals who planned to commit terrorist acts in several well-known public places in St. Petersburg, including the Kazan Cathedral.[i] Putin asked Trump to “convey his appreciation” to the CIA director (who was, interestingly, not named) and the CIA operatives involved in the intelligence sharing. Last, but not least, Putin “assured” Trump that the Russian intelligence agencies would return the favor, if they ever came

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Newsbud Exclusive – After “Nuland”: A. Wess Mitchell Nominated to Direct the U.S. European & Eurasian Affairs

When the assistant U.S. secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs Victoria Nuland resigned her position on January 20, 2017, all those who wanted to see the return to a more stable political order in Europe and the decline of Russophobia or Kremlinoia (as I call it) breathed a sigh of relief. She was perceived by many as the main political instigator of the whole series of the covert efforts to remove and replace top European government officials who did not uncritically accept the principles of Anglo-American geopolitics.
Nuland was best known publicly for her involvement in the Kiev coup against the legitimately elected government of the president Victor Yanukovych. At that time, she was secretly recorded directing the personal make-up of the future Ukrainian government, while, infamously, at one point, referring to the European Union with an expletive.[1]
I have written extensively on Nuland’s intellectual and professional biography and specifically

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Professor Filip Kovacevic


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Newsbud Exclusive – “From the Atlantic to the Pacific”: Vladimir Putin & the Current State of Eurasian Integrations

At the May 15, 2017 roundtable meeting of the political leaders participating in the ‘One Belt, One Road’ international summit in Beijing, the Russian president Vladimir Putin proclaimed the famous Eurasianist political formula – “from the Atlantic to the Pacific.” To emphasize it even more strongly, he ended his plenary address with it.[1] There is therefore no possibility for misunderstanding or misinterpretation: Putin (yet again) publicly challenged the Atlanticist geopolitical agenda, first codified by the British Empire in the late 19th century and then implemented by the U.S. after the end of the Second World War.
The leaders of 30 states were present at the meeting. The round table format emphasized mutual respect and the equality of status. However, while other leaders were seated according to the alphabetical order of their countries’ names, Putin and the Chinese president Xi Jinping were seated next to each other. The presidents of Argentina, Belarus,

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Professor Filip Kovacevic


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Newsbud Exclusive – The North Korean Connection of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov

Andrei Karlov was the Russian ambassador to Turkey. He was assassinated by the Turkish off-duty police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas on December 19, 2016 while opening a photograph exhibition in Turkey’s capital Ankara.[1] Altintas was later killed in the exchange of fire with the Turkish police.
The Russian president Vladimir Putin called the assassination “an assault on Russia and Russian-Turkish relations … [possibly] by destructive elements … who found their way into social structures, including the law enforcement and the army.” At the same time, Putin expressed his belief that it would not damage the Russian-Turkish ties because “we realize [their] importance and will make every effort to deepen them.”[2]
The similar sentiment was expressed by Putin’s Turkish counterpart, the president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who stated that “this is a provocation aimed at destroying the process of the normalization of relations between Turkey and Russia.”[3]
And, indeed, there was no downturn in the

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Professor Filip Kovacevic


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Newsbud Exclusive- KGB Swallows: Russian Intelligence & The “Honey Trap”

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On April 24, 2017, the Russian media reported that the Soviet actress Larisa Kronberg passed away in Moscow at the age of 88. She was the last living protagonist of one of the most successful Soviet counterintelligence operations during the Cold War: the secret recruitment of the French ambassador to the Soviet Union, Maurice Dejean, a leader in the French Resistance during the Second World War and a personal friend of the French president Charles De Gaulle.[1]
The Steamy Moscow Nights
Every intelligence agency keeps track of the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of potential high-level recruits. Soon after Dejean’s arrival to Moscow in 1955, the KGB took notice of Dejean’s proclivity for extra-marital affairs with much younger women. The general Oleg Gribanov, the head of the KGB’s Second Chief Directorate, whom many noted experts and historians, including the U.S. scholar Edward Jay Epstein, consider the grand master of Cold War

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Professor Filip Kovacevic


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Newsbud Exclusive- Western Kremlinoia & the Rise of Eurasia

Highlights from the 6th International Security Conference in Moscow
In what has already become a tradition, the Russian ministry of defense organized its annual international security conference in Moscow on April 26 and 27, 2017. This conference is the Russian government answer to the annual Munich security conference, the high-level gathering of veteran Cold Warriors and advocates of the Atlanticist geopolitical agenda.
In recent years, the Munich conference has become quite extensively infected by a serious case of Russo-phobia and Kremlinoia (the word I coined, defined as a paranoid attitude toward the Kremlin), so that it is no wonder that the Russians have decided to set up their own venue for expert security and military discussions and exchange of ideas. I have no doubt that they had invited most of the Munich crowd, but the list of speakers shows that none of them showed up. It is a proven fact that in

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Professor Filip Kovacevic


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Newsbud Exclusive- Putin’s Instructions to the FSB, 2015-2017: An Analysis

Every year in February or March, the Russian president Vladimir Putin delivers his annual address to the Federal Security Service (FSB) Board. He uses this occasion to evaluate the FSB work during the previous year and to chart the priorities for the future.
In the three-part investigative article published by Newsbud earlier this year, I have analyzed the 2016 FSB public releases, as published on the FSB official website, in order to assess the FSB activities in the fields of counterespionage, counter-terrorism, cyber defense, and other law enforcement matters.[1] In this article, I will extend my analysis by discussing the president Putin’s view of the role and mission of the FSB as presented in his three latest annual addresses, in 2015, 2016, and 2017. I believe that this analysis will shed important light on the main concerns of the Russian foreign policy as well as demonstrate in what ways (if any)

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Professor Filip Kovacevic


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Newsbud Exclusive – Montenegro’s NATO Nightmare: Wall Street Journal & Fake NATO News

On February 8, 2017, Wall Street Journal aired an interview with its “border lands” columnist Sohrab Ahmari under the title “Montenegro’s NATO Dreams.”[1] This interview is problematic on so many levels, starting with the title itself, that it fully deserves the tag of ‘fake news.’
Nothing in what Ahmari says is objective and impartial. It is all derived from the Atlanticist ideological vision in which NATO figures as the defender of Western democratic civilization against the supposedly barbaric hordes of the East. This is an old Orientalist/racist narrative dressed up to fit contemporary political discourse. It is both ironic and tragic that the person originally from the East engages in such a discourse and perpetuates the colonizing grasp of the West.
Ahmari’s statements show that he is not interested in the facts on the ground in Montenegro, but only in furthering NATO propaganda about it. He appears ignorant of the complexities of

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Professor Filip Kovacevic


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Newsbud Exclusive – CIA, the Golitsyn-Nosenko Affair & the Russian TV Series ‘Traitors’

Whether or not there was in fact any Russian “hacking” of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, it is not possible to deny the ineptness and incompetence of the CIA in dealing with this issue. The public statements of its leading figures as well as the declassified reports released to the public so far have only further discredited the CIA leadership in the eyes of objective observers and impartial intelligence specialists. Any student in the top 25 percent of my classes could have written a segment on the RT TV channel included in the recent report. And I am sure that he or she would have used more recent sources than the fall of 2012.[1]
It is mind-boggling to think that the U.S. taxpayers have been subsidizing this kind of shoddy work with tens of billions of dollars every year. How many hospitals and schools could have been built and how many

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Professor Filip Kovacevic


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Security Threats to Russia: The Analysis of the 2016 FSB Press Releases (Part 3 – Hacking & Other Challenges)

This is the third and last article in the investigative series in which I analyzed the 2016 press releases published on the official FSB website. In the previous two articles, I covered the FSB counterespionage and counter-terrorist operations during 2016.[1] These operations were the subject of more than one third of the FSB press releases. This means that they consumed a great deal of attention, time, and resources of the Russian domestic law enforcement and counterintelligence community. It is safe to conclude that espionage and terrorism are considered the primary threats to Russia’s national security.
However, there are several other types of illegal activity that were occasionally covered in the press releases and that can also be used as tools to undermine political stability and economic well-being in Russia. They involve cybercrime and cyberattacks (hacking), and arms and narcotics trafficking. In this article, I will discuss in detail the FSB press

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Professor Filip Kovacevic


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