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New Challenges for Moscow with Arrest of ‘Russian trolls’

By Kirill Semenov for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. New challenges for Moscow with arrest of ‘Russian trolls’ in Libya Security forces of Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) reportedly arrested two Russian men in Tripoli in May, though the arrests […]

Has Russia Adjusted its Libya Vision?

By Kirill Semenov for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. On June 16, Fayez al-Serraj (pictured), head of the Government of National Accord (GNA), proposed a plan to resolve Libya’s current crisis. In a TV address, he called for holding a conference for Libyan […]

Libya’s Global Civil War

By Tarek Megerisi. Summary Foreign actors have long been an underappreciated driver of conflict in Libya, to the detriment of European and UN policymaking in support of a political solution there. These actors facilitate their Libyan client groups’ belligerence and escalate the conflict through financial, media, and military support. Europe must understand the role of […]

Predatory Economies in Eastern Libya

From Global Initiative. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News.  Predatory Economies in Eastern Libya – The dominant role of the Libyan National Army On 4 April 2019, the Libyan National Army (LNA) launched a surprise attack on Tripoli, as the UN-sponsored dialogue […]

What Russia makes of Hifter’s offensive on Tripoli

By Yury Barmin for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently put Russia in the spotlight in Libya by first holding a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Summit […]

Haftar accumulates $25bn of Debt funding Military

Libyan General Khalifa Haftar has reportedly accumulated $25 billion of debt funding his Libyan National Army (LNA), through a mix of unofficial bonds, Russian-printed cash and deposits from eastern banks. According to Reuters, the controversial Libyan general has also built a parallel banking system, headquartered in the eastern capital Benghazi. He also enjoys the support […]

Haftar’s Forces Advance on Tripoli

By Adam Nathan (@adamgnathan). The international community has called for calm and restraint in Libya as forces loyal to General Haftar (pictured) moved steadily closer to the capital Tripoli. On Thursday, Haftar’s forces took over Gharyan, a town 100km south of Tripoli. By 3pm local time on Friday, his self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) had seized […]

Whose side is Russia on in Libya?

By Kirill Semenov for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. On March 17, Khaled al-Mishri (pictured), president of Libya’s High Council of State (HCS), arrived in Moscow at the invitation of the Federal Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, to discuss bilateral […]