Professor Filip Kovacevic

Newsbud Contributing Author & Analyst

Professor Filip Kovacevic is a geopolitical author, university professor and the chairman of the Movement for Neutrality of Montenegro. He received his BA and PhD in political science in the US and was a visiting professor at St. Petersburg State University in Russia for two years. He is the author of seven books, dozens of academic articles & conference presentations and hundreds of newspaper columns and media commentaries. He has been invited to lecture throughout the EU, Balkans, ex-USSR and the US. He currently resides in San Francisco.
He can be contacted at fk1917@yahoo.com

Can There Be Another October Revolution in Russia?

In the fifty-fifth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Parlamentskaya Gazeta, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, RBK, and Komsomolskaya Pravda. He discusses the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution and the approach taken towards it by the Russian president Vladimir Putin. In addition, Professor Kovacevic investigates the most recent Gladio C operations in the Crimea and the impending privatization of an important component of the Russian state-run weapons industry. Lastly, he looks at the sensationalist account that appeared in the Russian semi-tabloid press about the U.S. working on a genetic biological weapon against Russia.

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Parlamentskaya Gazeta – November 3, 2017

Nezavisimaya Gazeta – November 2, 2017

RBK – November 7, 2017

Komsomolskaya Pravda – November 3, 2017

The Catalan Scenario for Russia

In the fifty-fourth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Kommersant, Moskovskiy Komsomolets, and Vedomosti. He discusses the emerging proxy conflict between the U.S./NATO and Russia in Afghanistan and the Russian leadership’s intentions regarding the military intervention in Syria. He also examines the current, pre-electoral state of the Russian economy and answers the question as to whether the anti-Putin, Gladio C forces are preparing a Catalan, that is to say, a secessionist scenario for the break-up of Russia.

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Nezavisimaya Gazeta – October 27, 2017

Kommersant – October 30, 2017

Moskovskiy Komsomolets – October 30, 2017

Vedomosti – October 31, 2017

Richard Sorge – The Communist James Bond

In the third edition of the new monthly show produced by Newsbud Tales from the Russian Intelligence, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the biography of the Soviet spy Richard Sorge based on declassified documents from the Russian archives and the various Russian publications as reported in a book by the well-known Russian journalist and historical researcher Elena Prudnikova entitled “Richard Sorge: Who Was He Really?” published in Moscow in 2015. You won’t find this book in English and that is what makes Professor Kovacevic’s show on the Soviet and Russian intelligence activities unique in the English-speaking media sphere. The key issue he examines is what made the Russian-born German national Richard Sorge worthy of being called the Communist James Bond. Do not miss this exclusive edition of Tales from the Russian Intelligence!

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Елена А. Прудникова [Elena Prudnikova]. Рихард Зорге. Кто он >на самом деле? [Richard Sorge. Who Was He Really?]. — Мoсква [Moscow]: Эксмо, 2015.

The Russian Expedition to the Moon

In the fifty-third edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Izvestia, Moskovskiy Komsomolets, and Komsomolskaya Pravda. He analyzes a speech made by the Russian president Vladimir Putin at the annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi. In addition, he discusses the Russian space program and the likelihood that the Russian government will finance an expedition to the Moon. Lastly, Professor Kovacevic examines the candidates for the March 2018 Russian presidential elections and the rationale behind the exponentially increasing Russian financial aid to other countries.

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Nezavisimaya Gazeta – October 20, 2017

Izvestia – October 23, 2017

Moskovskiy Komsomolets – October 24, 2017

Komsomolskaya Pravda – October 23, 2017

Pentagon Plans: Space Weapons Against Russia?

In the fifty-second edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Izvestia, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, and Moskovskiy Komsomolets. He examines the new anti-euro and pro-gold policies of the Russian Central Bank and the geopolitical significance of the World Festival of Students and Youth taking place in 15 Russian regions. In addition, he discusses the recent radical nationalist moves by the Kiev government in Ukraine and the issue of the advanced U.S. hypersonic and space weapons directed against Russia as reported in the Russian tabloid press. 

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Izvestia – October 13, 2017

Rossiyskaya Gazeta – October 16, 2017

Nezavisimaya Gazeta – October 17, 2017

Moskovskiy Komsomolets – October 14, 2017

Will Russia Expel NYT, WAPO, CNN, RFE/RL as Gladio C Agents of Subversion?

In the fifty-first edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Kommersant, Izvestia, Vedomosti, and Komsomolskaya Pravda. He discusses the geopolitical implications of the Saudi monarch Salman al-Saud’s visit to Moscow and his meeting with Vladimir Putin. He also examines the emerging proxy media war between Russia and the U.S. If the U.S. bans RT, will Russia do the same with the NYT, WAPO, CNN and other U.S. mass media in Russia? In addition, Professor Kovacevic looks at new German-Russian economic cooperation and investment projects in the car industry and re-visits the issue of the proliferation of the false bomb threats by discussing the recent report of the FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov.

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Kommersant – October 6, 2017

Izvestia – October 9, 2017

Vedomosti – October 6, 2017

Komsomolskaya Pravda – October 7, 2017

A NATO-Russia Line of Fire in the Caucasus? Pro-NATO Georgia v. Pro-Russian Armenia

In the fiftieth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Vedomosti, and Komsomolskaya Pravda. He discusses the Russian government’s attitude toward the referendum for the independence of Catalonia and presents the outline of another possible NATO-Russia proxy conflict in the Caucasus region, the conflict between Georgians and Armenians. In addition, he examines the current state of the Russian economy and marks the two-year anniversary of the Russian military intervention in Syria by analyzing its results.

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Rossiyskaya Gazeta – October 2, 2017

Nezavisimaya Gazeta – October 2, 2017

Vedomosti – October 3, 2017

Komsomolskaya Pravda – October 2, 2017

A New U.S-Russia Proxy Conflict in the Middle East? The Demise of ISIS and the Rise of the Kurds

In the forty-ninth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Pravda, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Komsomolskaya Pravda. He discusses the dangerous escalation of proxy violence between the U.S.- and Russia-backed military forces in Syria, which, together with recent developments in Iraqi Kurdistan, is likely to lead to another war in the Middle East. In addition, he explains why the Russian Communist Party publicly supports North Korea against the U.S. and argues that the Russian military and intelligence will covertly take the same path. Lastly, Professor Kovacevic covers two important economic issues: the Russian biggest state-owned bank being forced to leave the European market and the Russian economists increasingly advocating for the Russian government to stop buying the U.S. government bonds and to sell the ones it already owns.

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Nezavisimaya Gazeta – September 22, 2017

Pravda – September 22, 2017

Rossiyskaya Gazeta – September 25, 2017

Komsomolskaya Pravda – September 26, 2017

Bomb Threats Epidemic: Psychological Warfare Against Russia Intensifies

In the forty-eighth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Parlamentskaya Gazeta, Izvestia, and RBK. He discusses a new dimension of psychological warfare against Russia: the major Russian cities have been literally overwhelmed by false bomb threats. In addition, he presents the highlights of an exclusive interview with the most powerful woman in Russia, Valentina Matvienko, the president of the Federation Council, and explains why the Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov will not go to Kiev to attend a meeting of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation. Lastly, he discusses the fact that the Chinese government-sponsored investors became the owners of the Russian oil stocks, thus taking another step forward in the geostrategic integration of vast Eurasian space.

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Nezavisimaya Gazeta – September 15, 2017

Parlamentskaya Gazeta – September 15, 2017

Izvestia – September 19, 2017

RBK – September 18, 2017

Operation Moldova: A New NATO Anti-Russia War Project

In the forty-seventh edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Kommersant, Izvestia, and Nezavisimaya Gazeta. He discusses the escalating political and constitutional crisis in Moldova, the site of another proxy war-in-the-making between NATO and Russia in Eastern Europe, and the statements on North Korea made by the Russian president Vladimir Putin, the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, and the South Korean president Moon Jae-in during the Far Eastern Economic Forum. In addition, he chronicles the significant increase of Russia’s food exports and explains why China has been more successful than Russia in bringing into the country thousands of Ukrainian military industry engineers and specialists and their families.

NOTE: The Russian newspaper Kommersant wrongly reported the president of Mongolia as Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj. The current president of Mongolia is Khaltmaagiin Battulga.
 

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Rossiyskaya Gazeta – September 11, 2017

Kommersant – September 8, 2017

Izvestia – September 11, 2017

Nezavisimaya Gazeta – September 8, 2017

Russia Rejects U.S. Military Plans Against North Korea

In the forty-sixth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Trud, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, and Sovietskaya Rossiya. He discusses the dramatic escalation of tensions in the U.S.-Russia diplomatic relations and explains why the Russian Consulate in San Francisco was chosen to be shut down. In addition, he focuses on the recent BRICS summit in China and discusses the Russian approach to the North Korean crisis. Lastly, he elaborates on what troubles the most the average Russian citizen in the six months leading to the Russian presidential election of 2018.

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Rossiyskaya Gazeta – September 4, 2017

Trud – September 1, 2017

Nezavisimaya Gazeta – September 5, 2017

Sovietskaya Rossiya – September 2, 2017

NATO Incites Ukraine to War against Russia

In the forty-fifth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Izvestia, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, and Pravda. He discusses the exclusive frontpage interview by the former Afghan president Hamid Kharzai, sharply critical of the U.S. president Donald Trump, in the pro-government Izvestia. In addition, he chronicles the U.S. Secretary of Defense James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis’ visit to Ukraine and how the U.S. and NATO are planning out total political and economic isolation of Russia. Lastly, he discusses some recent Gladio C provocative operations in the Russian border regions. The NATO-Russia proxy conflicts are getting more and more dangerous to world peace. Do not miss this exclusive edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor!

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Izvestia – August 25, 2017

Rossiyskaya Gazeta – August 25, 2017

Nezavisimaya Gazeta – August 29, 2017

Pravda – August 25, 2017

Will Russia Move Its Capital to Siberia?

In the forty-fourth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Izvestia, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, and Sovietskaya Rossiya. He discusses how much the new U.S. sanctions will diminish the Russian gross domestic product and how Russia could repair the damage. Professor Kovacevic also talks about the sudden spread of the Coxsackievirus in Turkey and its repercussions for the thousands of Russian tourists. In addition, he discusses the proposals for the relocation of the Russian capital city to Siberia and the consequences of the failed putsch against the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in August 1991, exactly 26 years ago.

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Nezavisimaya Gazeta – August 21, 2017

Izvestia – August 18, 2017

Rossiyskaya Gazeta – August 21, 2017

Sovietskaya Rossiya – August 19, 2017

Russia: U.S. Economic Sanctions as Declaration of War?

In the forty-third edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Izvestia, Sovietskaya Rossiya, and Komsomolskaya Pravda. He discusses the biggest joint Russian-Belarussian military exercise in the last few years and how NATO is reacting to it as well as the most recent political developments in another potential geopolitical war zone in Eastern Europe, the state of Moldova. In addition, he provides the highlights of an exclusive interview with Leonid Ivashov, one of the foremost geopolitical experts in Russia, and examines the fate of Alexei Ulyukaev, the arrested former minister of economic development who might have played a role in the Western intelligence plot against the Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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Nezavisimaya Gazeta – August 16, 2017

Izvestia – August 15, 2017

Sovietskaya Rossiya – August 15, 2017

Komsomolskaya Pravda – August 17, 2017

Russia’s Drive to Control the Arctic

In the forty-second edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Izvestia, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Kommersant and Rossiyskaya Gazeta. He discusses the Russian plans to expand the Artic fleet with new generation nuclear-powered icebreakers, Russia’s strong opposition to the U.S. plan for financing private armies and mercenaries to fight in Afghanistan, the deepening tensions in the U.S-Russian diplomatic relations, and, on a lighter note, the exponential increase in the Russian cheese-production as the result of the import embargo on the EU agricultural products.

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Izvestia – August 4, 2017

Nezavisimaya Gazeta – August 10, 2017

Kommersant – August 11, 2017

Rossiyskaya Gazeta – August 7, 2017