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Digest | Aug 13, 2021
Analysts believe Russian-Chinese military cooperation could soon expand to include establishment of joint command structures; Merkel is preparing for talks in Moscow and Kyiv; and more in this week’s Russian news digest.  
Analysis | Aug 11, 2021
A collection of views from leading policy experts on what we can expect on the global stage from a post-Putin Russia.
Digest | Aug 09, 2021
The challenge facing Washington is to change the Kremlin’s broader strategic calculus by demonstrating that more cooperation with the West can help Russia redress the mounting vulnerabilities arising from its close partnership with China, Kupchan says.
Digest | Aug 06, 2021
U.S. imports of Russian goods reached almost $11.5 billion during the first months of 2021—a considerable increase compared to the same period the previous year; the Russian military will use a Chinese infantry support vehicle and armored personnel carrier during upcoming training exercises; and more in this week’s Russian news digest.
Analysis | Aug 04, 2021
European carbon taxes and a broader push for less fossil fuel could cost Russia’s economy billions of dollars, nudging Moscow to adopt new policies.
Digest | Aug 02, 2021
Russia's claim it seeks stability presupposes a mutual understanding of where U.S. and Russian red lines lie; Moscow and other great powers share an interest in climate change, but progress will be tough; and more in this week's analytical digest.
Digest | Jul 30, 2021
Strategic stability talks in Geneva were 'professional and substantive,' State Department says; the yuan accounted for 17.4% of bilateral trade settlements between China and Russia in 2020; and more in this week's Russian news digest.
Event | Aug 04, 2021
Join the Atlantic Council for a panel discussion on global security trends, challenges in the Black Sea and the future of security cooperation.
Post | Jul 29, 2021
Russia’s Voronezh Joint-Stock Aircraft Building Company has begun work on a plane designed to enable Russia’s military-political leadership to exercise nuclear command, control, and communications (N3) in the event of a nuclear war while airborne. The design of the aircraft—nicknamed “Judgement Day Plane” by the Russian media—is based on the long-range white-body airliner Il-96-400M, which was developed by the Moscow-based design bureau of the Ilyushin Aviation Complex, part of Russia's state-owned United Aircraft Corporation.

The N3 plane, which is being built as part of the so-called Zveno-3S project, which was first mentioned in the media in 2016, will carry domestically made equipment only and that equipment would allow those on board to send launch commands to intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), including stationary missiles in silos and mobile missiles, as well as to submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) carried by submerged vessels up to 6,000 km away, according to a report by Russia’s state-funded RIA Novosti news agency. The plane can apparently remain airborne for days thanks to its ability to refuel in midair, which is a feature it shares with its U.S. counterpart, the E-4B. If not refueled, new plane will still have double the flight range of its predecessor, which was named Il-80 (NATO code: Maxdome) and which was based on Ilyushin’s Soviet-era Il-86 airliner.

“The plan is to replace [the IL-80] with IL-96-400M aircraft. This will significantly increase the time of airborne combat duty of command posts and increase the coverage area of command and control,” a source in Russia’s aircraft-building industry told TASS in October. The Russian Defense Ministry reportedly operates four Maxdomes at the moment.
Analysis | Jul 29, 2021
Do Beijing and Moscow have sufficient influence to oversee a managed transition, contain any spillover of violence, and provide reassurance to anxious Afghanistan neighbors? The whole region is about to find out.