Articles by Matthew Bodner



Changing of the Guard: NATO Brings In Army General to Deter Russia

Curtis Scaparrotti, a U.S. Army General, is no stranger to tension. For the past three years, he has been the Pentagon's senior officer on the Korean Peninsula.

The Devil in the Details: Bellingcat Report Links Russian Buk to MH17 Crash

A new report by Bellingcat has presented new claims about the anti-aircraft missile launcher supposedly responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

Russia Braces Itself as Syrian Cease-fire Falters

Not two months have passed since President Vladimir Putin declared mission accomplished in Syria, and again the war-ravaged nation is on the brink.

Russians, Their Guns And the State

U.S. gun enthusiasts live in constant fear of the federal government confiscating their weapons. For Russian gun owners, such a fear may be about to become a reality.

NATO and Russia Reaffirm Mutual Loathing

The first Russia-NATO Council meeting since relations were ruptured two years ago by Russia's actions in Ukraine produced only recriminations.

Russia vs. Elon Musk: U.S. Startup Threatens Moscow's Role in Space

Over the past decade, tech billionaire Elon Musk has been fond of telling people that he wants to die on Mars.

How Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Could Spark Major International Crisis

Springtime in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh is predictable enough. As sure as the plane trees begin to flower, skirmishes break out between Azeri and Armenian troops.

Little Green Men: A Look at the Official Soviet X-Files Investigation

It was 4:05 a.m. on Sept. 20, 1977. Something serious was happening over the skies of Petrozavodsk in northwest Russia.

Putin the Liberator: The Retaking of Palmyra

Two weeks after Putin declared the "majority" of Russia's goals in Syria have been accomplished, Moscow and Assad turned their attention to dislodging the Islamic State from†Palmyra.

Russia Arming Up in Disputed Kuril Islands

The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday decided it will begin deploying new military hardware to the Kuril Islands Ч a disputed territory that the Soviet Union seized from Japan in the aftermath of World War II.

Grounded: Economic Crisis Hobbles Russian Space Program

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev tried to put a positive spin on it, but the numbers were hard to ignore. Just two years ago,†Russia's 10-year space program was promised a full 3.4 trillion rubles.

Black Sea Rising: Rebirth of a Russian Fleet

From a military point of view, Russia's operation to annex Crimea†was an exceptionally clean affair, and gave an opportunity to demonstrate the fruits of Moscow's military modernization efforts.

Iran Seeks Russian Fire Power

After decades of isolation from the international arms market, Iran is gearing up for a military shopping spree. It has turned to Russia to help even the odds.

Russia Sends Medvedev to Munich Seeking Sanctions Relief

Russia's official delegation will be led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev — the message seems to be that Russia is ready to talk about sanctions relief.

Putin vs. Erdogan Ч This Time It's Personal

Another airspace violation raises the spectre of conflict between Russia and Turkey.

Inside Russia's Would-Be Foreign Legion

Four years ago, 18-year-old Vitaly Danilenko was conscripted into the Russian military after his family returned to Siberia from Alaska.

Russia Pushing for An Endgame in Ukraine

The appearance of Vladislav Surkov at a meeting with Victoria Nuland has sparked speculation that Moscow and Washington are approaching an endgame in Ukraine after two years of conflict.

Putin's Pivot: Out of Ukraine, Into Syria

Russia's war plan worked better than envisioned. But it has yet to achieve the main goal: End Western sanctions.

No End in Sight for Russia's Syria Escapade

Moscow is increasing military support for Assad regime. The military has deployed new aircraft and is reportedly moving into two unused Syrian airbases to increase support for the embattled regime.

UN Approves Russia-led Proposal To Limit Militarization of Space

The UN General Assembly has approved a Russian-led resolution calling for nations to refrain from being the first to deploy weapons into outer space, in spite of U.S. resistance and European silence on the proposed measure.

U.S.-Russian Relations on The High Frontier

Born in competition during the Cold War, today the U.S. and Russian space agencies preside together over the largest peacetime project in human history — the ISS.

Downing of Russian Sukhoi Bomber Was Predictable

The downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber on Tuesday marks the first serious clash between Russian forces and an external coalition involved in Syria's civil war — but it was a predictable event.

Putin Instructs Roscosmos To Defend Russia's Position in Space Market

President Vladimir Putin has instructed space industry officials to take measures to ensure Russia remains a major player in the commercial space launch market and in the field of manned spaceflight, TASS reported Thursday.

Images of Russian Nuclear Kamikaze Submarine Leaked in State TV Broadcast

Something strange popped up on Russian state television on Tuesday: a Russian military document depicting plans for a robotic submarine packed with radioactive explosives designed to render enemy coastlines uninhabitable.

After the Crash: What Are Russia's Options in Syria?

If the investigation concludes a bomb destroyed the plane, the Kremlin will have to react — but its choices are limited.

An American in Moscow's Craft Beer Revolution

Expat Dan Madden has turned his passion into a new profession with the help of a Russian friend.

U.S. Rejects Russia-Led UN Proposal to Limit Militarization of Space

The United States has rejected a Russia-led proposal in the United Nations to ban the first deployment of space-based weapons, pointing to what the U.S. delegation characterized as weak wording that overlooks an entire class of ground-based space weapons.

Small Russian Airlines Under Pressure After Egypt Plane Crash

Russia's small charter airlines are taking a beating from lawmakers and frightened tourists, as anxious travelers cancel vacation packages.

Russians Increasingly Polarized by Syria Intervention Ц Poll

Russian society is increasingly polarized by President Vladimir Putin's ongoing military intervention in Syria's 4 1/2-year-old civil war, according to a survey released Thursday by the Levada Center, an independent pollster.

Roscosmos Sends 6 Russian Women on Fake Moon Flight

Russia's federal space agency sent six intrepid women on a simulated flight to the moon as part of a repeat of previous experiments designed to shed light on how astronauts will handle long flights into deep space.