Valery Tikhonov, the man behind Kremlin's secret messages
Russia's highly secretive State Courier Service is monitoring a sector that has grown in importance as the Kremlin cracks down on strategic information leaks.
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The cybersecurity firm Infotecs, which has been providing its services to Russian state groups for decades, is now keeping much quieter about its international activities, carried by its US and German branches under a brand-new name.
A Russian freighter has been stranded at the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer since February after getting caught up in Western sanctions. Its supposed sanctioned Russian owners are trying to convince the French authorities that it is under new ownership.
With Gazprom now in control of social media group Vkontakte, a jostle for power has begun, heralding greater influence for the head of Gazprom Media, Alexander Zharov, who is well-connected to the Kremlin's networks.
The man at the helm of Vladimir Putin's special programmes service, the GUSP, which handles any sensitive files not taken care of by the other services often with a focus on crisis management, has proven his worth to the Russian president.
The Kremlin has forced French champagne producers to eat humble pie, in a move that mostly benefits Russian presidential advisor Boris Titov's "champagne" of the tsars, Abrau-Durso, and the Crimean sparkling wine made by "Putin's banker", Yuri Kovalchuk.
While the question of Vladimir Putin's succession remains more central than ever in Moscow, despite the referendum in July allowing him to run for office again in 2024, those close to the Russian leader continue to place their offspring in key positions in the economy.