ИнтерфаксHarmonic PercolatorInterfax news agency
Interfax Ltd. is a privately-held independent major news agency in Russia (along with state-operated TASS and RIA Novosti) and information services company headquartered in Moscow.

Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

The Fletcher School of Law and DiplomacyFletcher SchoolThe Fletcher School
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (known as the Fletcher School) is the graduate school of international affairs of Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts. Fletcher is well-ranked in its masters and doctoral international affairs programs. As of 2017, the student body numbered around 230, of whom 36 percent were international students from 70 countries, and around a quarter were U.S. minorities. The school's alumni network numbers over 9,500 in 160 countries, and includes ambassadors, diplomats, high ranking military officers, heads of nonprofit organizations, and corporate executives.

Tufts University

TuftsTufts CollegePresident's Lawn
Tufts University is a private research university in Medford and Somerville, Massachusetts. A charter member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), Tufts College was founded in 1852 by Christian universalists who worked for years to open a nonsectarian institution of higher learning. It was a small New England liberal arts college until its transformation into a larger research university in the 1970s. The university emphasizes active citizenship and public service in all its disciplines, and is known for its internationalism and study abroad programs.

World Economic Forum

WEFDavosDavos World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum (WEF), based in Cologny-Geneva, Switzerland, is an NGO, founded in 1971. The WEF's mission is cited as "committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas". It is a membership-based organization, and membership is made up of the world's largest corporations.


Propaganda is information that is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, which may not be objective and may be presenting facts selectively to encourage a particular synthesis or perception, or using loaded language to produce an emotional rather than a rational response to the information that is presented. Propaganda is often associated with material prepared by governments, but activist groups, companies, religious organizations, the media, and individuals can also produce propaganda.

Lilia Shevtsova

Lilia Fyodorovna Shevtsova (Ли́лия Фёдоровна Шевцо́ва; born 7 October 1949 in Lviv, Ukrainian SSR) is a Kremlinology expert.

Useful idiot

Useful idiotsUseful innocents
In political jargon, a useful idiot is a derogatory term for a person perceived as propagandizing for a cause without fully comprehending the cause's goals, and who is cynically used by the cause's leaders. The term was originally used during the Cold War to describe non-communists regarded as susceptible to communist propaganda and manipulation. The term has often been attributed to Vladimir Lenin, but this attribution is unsubstantiated.

Petr Aven

Pyotr AvenPeter Aven
A member of the Presidium of Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). Mueller Report. Timeline of investigations into Trump and Russia (2019).

Soft power

soft diplomacypoliticallysoft
Soft power is the ability to attract and co-opt, rather than coerce (hard power). Soft power is the ability to shape the preferences of others through appeal and attraction. A defining feature of soft power is that it is non-coercive; the currency of soft power is culture, political values, and foreign policies. Recently, the term has also been used in changing and influencing social and public opinion through relatively less transparent channels and lobbying through powerful political and non-political organizations, and through economic influence.

Angus Roxburgh

Angus Roxburgh (born 1954) is a British journalist, broadcaster, former PR adviser to the Russian government, and singer-songwriter.


Alfa BankAlfa Bank UkraineAlfa-Bank JSC
Alfa Bank JSC, the corporate treasury of the Alfa Group, is one of the largest private commercial banks in Russia. It was founded by Russian businessman Mikhail Fridman, who is still the controlling owner today. It is headquartered in Moscow. It operates in seven countries, providing financial services to over 381,600 active corporate customers and 14.2 million retail clients. Alfa-Bank is particularly active in Russia and Ukraine, ranking among top 10 largest banks in terms of capital in both countries. In the 2009 edition of the Top-1000 World Banks, a survey by The Banker magazine, Alfa-Bank was placed 270th.

RIA Novosti

NovostiNovosti Press AgencyRIAN
RIA Novosti, sometimes RIA for short, is a Russian state-operated domestic news agency, which used to be one of Russia's international news agencies until 2013. Operating under the purview of the Russian Ministry of Communications and Mass Media, RIA Novosti is headquartered in Moscow and operated about 80 bureaus internationally. On 9 December 2013 President of Russia Vladimir Putin ordered RIA Novosti's liquidation and the creation of a Russian international news agency Rossiya Segodnya. Dmitry Kiselev, an anchorman of the Russia-1 channel was appointed to be the first president of the new information agency.

St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

SPIEFSt. Petersburg Economic ForumEconomic Forum in Saint Petersburg
The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF; Петербургский международный экономический форум, ПМЭФ) is an annual Russian business event for the economic sector, which has been held in St. Petersburg since 1997, and under the auspices of the Russian President since 2005. Each year, more than 10,000 people from over 120 different countries take part. The Forum brings together the chief executives of major Russian and international companies, heads of state, political leaders, prime ministers, deputy prime ministers, departmental ministers, and governors.


LetterOne GroupL1 HoldingsLetterone Investment Holdings S.A.
The LetterOne Group (LetterOne) is an international investment business based in Luxembourg. Its investments are focused on the telecoms, technology and energy sectors through its two main business units, L1 Energy and L1 Technology. Businessman Mikhail Fridman set up LetterOne in 2013 as part of a broader new investment vehicle using the proceeds from the sale of TNK-BP.

Eastern Economic Forum

Eastern Economic Forum (Восточный экономический форум or ВЭФ) is an international forum held each year in Vladivostok, Russia, for the purpose of encouraging foreign investment in the Russian Far East.

Minister of Foreign Affairs (Russia)

Minister of Foreign AffairsForeign MinisterRussian Foreign Minister
This is a '''list of foreign ministers of Tsardom of Russia, Russian Empire, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Soviet Union, and Russian Federation.


KalininKalinin CityTver City
Tver is a city and the administrative centre of Tver Oblast, Russia. Population: 414,606 (2015 est.); 403,606 (2010 Census); 408,903 (2002 Census); It is 180 km northwest of Moscow.


Khanty MansiyskKhanty-Mansiysk, RussiaKhanty-Mansijsk
Khanty-Mansiysk (Ха́нты-Манси́йск, lit. Khanty-Mansi Town; Khanty: Ёмвоҷ, Yomvoḉ; Mansi: Абга, Abga) is a city and the administrative center of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Russia. It is located on the eastern bank of the Irtysh River, 15 km from its confluence with the Ob, in the oil-rich region of Western Siberia. Khanty-Mansiysk is an independent city, but is the administrative center of Khanty-Mansiysky District. It was previously known as Ostyako-Vogulsk (until 1940).

Security Council of Russia

Security CouncilSecurity Council of the Russian FederationRussian Security Council
The Security Council of the Russian Federation (SCRF; Russian: Совет безопасности Российской Федерации ; Sovet bezopasnosti Rossiiyskoiy Federatsii (SBRF)) is a consultative body of the Russian President that works out the President's decisions on national-security affairs. Composed of key ministers and agency heads and chaired by the President of Russia, the SCRF was established as a forum for coordinating and integrating national-security policy. It is the successor of the Security Council of the USSR.


Kazan, RussiaKazan, TatarstanQazan
Kazan is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. With a population of 1,243,500, it is the sixth most populous city in Russia.


Rostov on DonRostovRostov-na-Donu
Rostov-on-Don is a port city and the administrative centre of Rostov Oblast and the Southern Federal District of Russia. It lies in the southeastern part of the East European Plain on the Don River, 32 km from the Sea of Azov. The southwestern suburbs of the city abut the Don River delta. The population is over one million people (1,125,000).


Grozny, RussiaGroznyyGroznyi
Grozny is the capital city of Chechnya, Russia. The city lies on the Sunzha River. According to the 2010 Census, it had a population of 271,573; up from 210,720 recorded in the 2002 Census, but still only about two-thirds of 399,688 recorded in the 1989 Census. It was previously known as Groznaya (until 1870).


Yakutsk, RussiaJakutskYakutsk, Sakha Republic
Yakutsk (, Dokuuskay, ) is the capital city of the Sakha Republic, Russia, located about 450 km south of the Arctic Circle.

Saint Petersburg

St. PetersburgLeningradSt Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is situated on the Neva River, at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. With 5 million inhabitants in 2012, it is Russia's second-largest city after Moscow. An important Russian port on the Baltic Sea, it has a status of a federal subject (a federal city).

Dmitry Peskov

Kremlin spokesman
Dmitry Sergeyevich Peskov (born 17 October 1967) is a Russian diplomat, translator and Turkologist. Since 2012, Peskov has been the Press Secretary for the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.