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

Russian Politicians Claim CIA Behind Drone Attacks in Syria

In the sixty-fourth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers:  Kommersant, Moskovskiy Komsomolets, Izvestia, and Komsomolskaya Pravda. He discusses the recent escalation of fighting in Syria, including the drone attacks against the Russian military bases there, and the European Union’s attempt to use the World Trade Organization (WTO) as an instrument of economic pressure against Russia. Professor Kovacevic also chronicles recent developments in Ukraine, focusing on the exchange of prisoners in the Donbas. Lastly, he discusses secret anti-Russia machinations within the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee as revealed by the emails hacked by the ‘Fancy Bears’ group. Do not miss this exclusive edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor!

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Kommersant  – January 9, 2018

Moskovskiy Komsomolets – January 9, 2018

Izvestia – January 10, 2018

Komsomolskaya Pravda Moscow Edition – January 11, 2018

2018: The Bloodiest Year of the 21st Century?

In the sixty-third edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the frontpage articles from four Russian newspapers:  Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Izvestia, Kommersant, and Pravda. He presents a retrospect of the most important Russian news stories in 2017. In addition, Professor Kovacevic discusses an op-ed article by Konstantin Kosachev, an influential member of the Russian Federation Council and one of the top foreign policy specialists in Russia. He also takes a look at Russia’s rapidly increasing political and economic links with Asia, particularly with China and, lastly, discusses the pro-Soviet nostalgia and the ranking of Russians’ most favorite countries. Do not miss this exclusive edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor!

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Nezavisimaya Gazeta  – December 28, 2017

Izvestia  – December 29, 2017

Kommersant – December 29, 2017

Pravda – December 29, 2017

A Communist Alternative to Putin?

In the sixty-second edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Moskovskiy Komsomolets, Izvestia, and Komsomolskaya Pravda. He discusses the most recent developments concerning the post-ISIS situation in Syria and the deepening of the U.S. economic sanctions against Russia, including Russia’s likely expulsion from the SWIFT messaging and payment system. In addition, Professor Kovacevic examines the question of the EU and OSCE observers in the upcoming Russian presidential elections and presents the campaign agenda of Putin’s most significant presidential opponent, Pavel Grudinin, the candidate of Russia’s Communist Party. Do not miss this exclusive edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor!

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Nezavisimaya Gazeta  – December 22, 2017

Moskovskiy Komsomolets  – December 26, 2017

Izvestia – December 25, 2017

Komsomolskaya Pravda Moscow Edition – December 23, 2017

NATO Digital Anaconda Coils Around Russia

In the sixty-first edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers:  Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Kommersant, and Sovietskaya Rossiya. He discusses the highlights of the Russian president Vladimir Putin’s annual press conference. In addition, he examines recent NATO activities directed against Russia and discusses one of the Russian answers to NATO, the 10-year program of the rapid military re-armament. Lastly, Professor Kovacevic looks at how the strongest Russian opposition party, the Communist Party of Russia, is preparing for the ongoing presidential campaign. Do not miss this exclusive edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor!

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Rossiyskaya Gazeta  – December 15, 2017

Nezavisimaya Gazeta  – December 15, 2017

Kommersant – December 18, 2017

Sovietskaya Rossiya – December 19, 2017

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 into possession of the information of similar importance for the U.S. national security.

Soon after the Kremlin’s press release, there was a press release from the White House. The White House release essentially repeated what was already stated by the Kremlin. However, it included a sentence which, in my opinion, is very significant for understanding Putin’s action. “Both leaders agreed that this serves as an example of the positive things that can occur when countries work together.” The press release also stated that Trump called the CIA director Mike Pompeo “to congratulate him, his very talented people, and the entire intelligence community on a job well done!”[ii]

On the surface, this may appear paradoxical. Mike Pompeo, who uses every public speaking opportunity to bash Putin and the Russian government, has now found himself in the position of publicly receiving their gratitude. However, as I see it, this is a very sophisticated psychological technique deployed by Putin. The opponent is openly and publicly praised for his honorable deeds (especially he does not deserve it) in order to set a reputational standard for his future behavior. Indeed, this may also be an indirect confirmation of the rumor that Pompeo will soon be leaving the position of the CIA director to replace Rex Tillerson as the head of the State Department.[iii] [READ MORE]

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Scenario for World War 3: The Scramble for Outer Space

In the sixtieth 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 Russian efforts to stop the U.S. and the EU attempts to privatize the resources of outer space, including asteroids and the Moon. In addition, Professor Kovacevic focuses on the Russian president Vladimir Putin’s unannounced visit to Syria and his speech at the Russian airbase Khmeimim. He also looks at the implications of the U.S. president Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel for the perception of the U.S. and Russia’s power in the Middle East. Lastly, Professor Kovacevic discusses the efforts of the Communist and other nationally-oriented political parties in Russia to bring back into the public discourse the personalities and symbols of the Soviet regime. Do not miss this exclusive edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor!

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Izvestia  – December 11, 2017

Rossiyskaya Gazeta  – December 12, 2017

Nezavisimaya Gazeta – December 8, 2017

Pravda – December 8, 2017

NATO Nightmare: Putin Poised for 6 More Years in Power

In the fifty-ninth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers:  Izvestia, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, RBK, and Sovetskaya Rossiya. He discusses Vladimir Putin’s announcement of his candidacy for the March 2018 presidential election and examines the current anti-Russian political trends in Europe. In addition, Professor Kovacevic looks at the possible threats to the recent oil price deal made by the OPEC+ countries in Vienna and discusses the critique of the latest TV interview given by the Russian neo-liberal prime minister Dmitry Medvedev. Do not miss this exclusive edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor!

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Izvestia  – December 7, 2017

Nezavisimaya Gazeta  – December 4, 2017

RBK – December 1, 2017

Sovetskaya Rossiya – December 2, 2017

Can BRICS Create CIA/NSA-Free Internet?

In the fifty-eighth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers:  Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, RBK, and Izvestia. He discusses Russia’s expansion of geopolitical influence into the African continent and the emerging Cold War-type conflict between the U.S. and Russia over the energy resources of Syria. In addition, Professor Kovacevic discusses the Russian proposal to the BRICS countries to create a separate Internet to protect themselves from the Western intelligence surveillance. Lastly, he examines the recent political developments in Moldova which remains the most geopolitically fragile state in Europe at this time. Do not miss this exclusive edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor!

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Kommersant  – November 24, 2017

Nezavisimaya Gazeta  – November 24, 2017

RBK – November 28, 2017

Izvestia – November 27, 2017

Three Horsemen of Eurasia: Putin, Erdogan, and Rouhani

In the fifty-seventh edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Vedomosti, and Pravda. He discusses the Russian-Turkish-Iranian negotiations on Syria, the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union that the Eurasian players outplayed NATO and the European Union. He also examines the competition between the Russian and the U.S. weapons manufacturers for the vast market of India. In addition, Professor Kovacevic considers the question as to whether the Russian athletes will be banned from participating in the Winter Olympic in South Korea in February 2018 and he explains why the Russian Communist Party has begun openly criticizing the work of the president Vladimir Putin.

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Kommersant – November 20, 2017

Nezavisimaya Gazeta – November 17, 2017

Vedomosti – November 17, 2017

Pravda – November 21, 2017

Russia Goes Caribbean

In the fifty-sixth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Izvestia, Kommersant, Vedomosti, and Ekspress Gazeta. He discusses the increased political and economic cooperation between Russia and the governments of the Caribbean states as a Russian long-term response to the U.S. meddling in Eastern Europe. He also discusses the press conference that the Russian president Vladimir Putin gave at the recent APEC summit in Vietnam and his praise of the U.S. president Donald Trump. In addition, Professor Kovacevic addresses the rumors about the potential break-up of the Russian state-owned natural gas and oil giant, Gazprom. Lastly, he examines how the first Russian foreign minister after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Andrei Kozyrev, a well-known pro-Western liberal, is seen in Russia today, including by the president Putin.

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Izvestia – November 10, 2017

Kommersant – November 13, 2017

Vedomosti – November 10, 2017

Ekspress Gazeta – November 13, 2017

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