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4th October 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

New U.S. Sanctions on China Should Send Turkey a Message

Boris Zilberman

On September 20, the Trump administration sanctioned a Chinese agency and its director for conducting significant transactions with Russia’s defense sector. The designations – imposed pursuant to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA) – specifically targeted China’s Equipment Development Department for its acquisition of Sukhoi-35 fighter jets and the S-400 surface-to-air missile system from Russia. more...

26th September 2018 – WINA

The Schilling Show

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Deputy Director of Congressional Relations Boris Zilberman analyzes Russia sending anti-aircraft missiles to Syria in response to the downing of a Russian aircraft, and if Israel will destroy the missiles. more...

10th August 2018 – The American Interest

The Noose Tightens on Moscow

Boris Zilberman

Two new sanctions initiatives are about to hammer an already battered Russian economy. more...

9th August 2018 – Quoted by Jessica Donati, Courtney McBride - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. to Impose New Sanctions on Russia Over Nerve-Agent Attack in U.K.

Boris Zilberman

The U.S. unveiled a new series of sanctions on Moscow over a nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in the U.K., in a rare direct confrontation that could escalate into a broad series of diplomatic and economic measures between the two countries. more...

6th August 2018 – Fifth Domain

The Russian DNC hack shows the US needs to get smart on crypto

Yaya J. Fanusie, Boris Zilberman

If the United States is going to stop Russia from hacking its next election, law enforcement and the intelligence community will need to get much smarter on how to catch adversaries who use cryptocurrencies. more...

2nd August 2018 – Quoted by Christopher Prawdzik - Homeland 411

FDD Analyzes Russian Threat through Kaspersky Lab

Boris Zilberman

Russia’s Kaspersky Lab illustrates how technological expertise paired with government cooperation can create a serious threat to U.S. national security, according to a recent report from Foundation for Defense of Democracies. more...

31st July 2018 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Senators Want More Russia Sanctions Post-Helsinki

Boris Zilberman

Resolutions and sanctions legislation are piling up in the Senate in the wake of President Donald Trump’s meeting and conciliatory press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, creating the possibility of fresh Russia penalties this fall. more...

16th July 2018 – Sinclair Broadcast Group

Sinclair Broadcast Group

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman joins SBG to discuss President Trump's meeting with President Putin in Helsinki. more...

16th July 2018 – Quoted by Kristine Frazao - Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Is Russia actually the biggest geopolitical threat for the U.S.?

Boris Zilberman

The historic meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin is now wrapped up, with the leaders of the world’s two largest nuclear powers pledging to work as a team where they can. more...

29th June 2018 – Quoted by Alex Ward - Vox

Trump wants US troops out of Syria. Putin might use that to his advantage.

Boris Zilberman

President Donald Trump is desperate to remove thousands of US troops from Syria — and may be willing to make a big concession to Russia in order to do so. more...

25th June 2018 – FDD Research

Kaspersky and Beyond: Understanding Russia’s Approach to Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare

Boris Zilberman

One of the most iconic images of the 20th century is that of U.S. Army troops wading ashore onto Omaha Beach from their landing craft on June 6, 1944 under Nazi machine gun fire to create a beachhead for the Allies. The beachheads of the future, however, are being established today in cyber space. more...

25th June 2018 – The Cipher Brief

Don’t Underestimate Economic Side of Russia’s Cyber Warfare

Boris Zilberman

Russia knows how to spread chaos and outrage in American politics, but Russia may pose a far greater threat to the U.S. economy and the infrastructure it depends on. more...

8th June 2018 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman joins the John Batchelor show to discuss the relationship between Russia, Israel, and Syria. more...

6th June 2018 – The American Interest

Russia and Egypt are Growing Closer

Romany Shaker, Boris Zilberman

As Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi begins his second term, a new chapter in Egyptian-Russian relations is being written. Disappointed by U.S. policy, Cairo has strengthened its ties with Moscow. The new trajectory stems in part from the lack of robust American engagement, which has left an open door for Russia to make inroads at Washington’s expense. more...

15th May 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Increasing U.S.-Ukraine Cyber Cooperation is a Step in the Right Direction

Boris Zilberman, Trevor Logan

In early May, the State Department announced a doubling to $10 million of U.S. assistance to Ukraine for the strengthening of its cyber defenses. The increased funding is an important signal that the U.S. stands with Kyiv as it faces a sustained and evolving cyber threat from Russia, yet addressing the ceaseless barrage of cyber attacks from Moscow will take more than the added funding. more...

16th April 2018 – Quoted by Nick Wadhams, Ilya Arkhipov, and Margaret Talev - Bloomberg

Syria Strikes Lock U.S. and Russia Into New Era of Animosity

Boris Zilberman

A few weeks ago, Donald Trump invited Vladimir Putin to meet -- maybe even at the White House. After U.S.-led missile strikes in Syria, the two nations’ officials can’t get into the same room without insulting each other. more...

16th April 2018 – i24 News

The Rundown

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman joins i24 News to discuss the administration's scaling back on the newest round of Russian sanctions. more...

14th April 2018 – Bulgaria National Radio

Saturday 150

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman joins Saturday 150 to discuss the new sanctions against Russia by the US targeting 38 Russian companies and politicians. more...

12th April 2018 – Quoted by Dave Clark and Francesco Fontemaggi - Agence France Presse

Syria dispute boosts risk of US and Russia clash

Boris Zilberman

President Donald Trump's threat of action against the Syrian regime places the United States and Russia at perhaps the greatest risk of conflict since the days of the Cold War. more...

5th April 2018 – FDD's CSIF Research Memo

Pushing Back on Putin: Gaining Leverage with Cheaper Oil and Gas

Pasi Eronen, Boris Zilberman

For three years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has seemed immune to the dual stresses of increasingly tighter economic sanctions and stubbornly low oil prices. He has maintained covert pincers on Ukraine sovereignty, captured a diplomatic and military foothold in Syria, and attacked the democratic systems of the U.S. and Europe. In the wake of Putin’s March 18 election to another six-year term, extending his rule through at least 2024, oil offers him the opportunity for even bolder action to come. more...