Yury Barmin

Yury Barmin

Yury Barmin is Middle East and North Africa Director at the Moscow Policy Group. 

Libya

What is Russia's strategy in Libya?

The Kremlin sees its relations with the GNA and Khalifa Haftar as purely transactional.

What is Russia's strategy in Libya?

Israel

What next for Russian-Israeli relations?

Russia's decision to install the S-300 in Syria increases the risk of unintended confrontation with Israel.

What next for Russian-Israeli relations?

Syria's War

What does the Helsinki summit mean for Syria?

The Helsinki summit confirmed that Trump is taking a back seat on Syria.

What does the Helsinki summit mean for Syria?

Syria's War

Syria and the beginning of a new Cold War

Russia and the West are transferring their increasingly hostile confrontation to Syria.

Syria and the beginning of a new Cold War

Saudi Arabia

Can Mohammed bin Salman break the Saudi-Wahhabi pact?

The Saudi crown prince has launched an ambitious modernisation plan. But what does this mean for its religious elite?

Can Mohammed bin Salman break the Saudi-Wahhabi pact?

Mohammed bin Salman

Will Mohammed bin Salman be Arabia's Vladimir Putin?

Mohammed bin Salman's efforts to consolidate power mirror Vladimir Putin's, but there is an important difference.

Will Mohammed bin Salman be Arabia's Vladimir Putin?

Europe

How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938