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Ukraine: In the Midst of War, Debate Swirls Around Soviet-Era Famine

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 08.13.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Even as the conflict with Russian-backed separatists smolders, Kiev has ratcheted up a no less ferocious PR war. Hoping to bolster its case against Moscow, Ukraine as well as the country's foreign Diaspora have zeroed in on the Stalinist-induced famine of 1932-33.

Russia Destroys Western Food To Mark 1 Year Of Sanctions

AP | Katie Nelson | Posted 08.12.2015 | World

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Is MH17 Putin's Katyn Wood Massacre?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Blocking accountability and seeking to blame others for its crimes, even when premeditated is a KGB tactic, but only marginally successful. Putin should have learned the lesson that the truth is bound to come through.

Putin Says Russia Is Beefing Up Its Nuclear Arsenal

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2015 | World

By Maria Tsvetkova KUBINKA, Russia, June 16 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia would add more than 40 new in...

Russia Steps Up Propaganda Push With Online 'Kremlin Trolls'

Associated Press | IULIIA SUBBOTOVSKA | Posted 05.29.2015 | World

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Deep inside a four-story marble building in St. Petersburg, hundreds of workers tap away at computers on the front lin...

As We Reflect on VE-day, Beware the Sin of Omission

Nicholas Nazar | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Nicholas Nazar

As we remember those who gave their all to ensure our freedoms and liberties, let us also guard against clever appropriations of the memory of blood and sacrifice for political ends.

Indra Devi Was Not Just a Nice Old Lady

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 06.17.2015 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

Michelle has written well and honestly about Indra and the cast of characters who make up the Yogas in the East and the West. She describes how Indra could be variously charming, sympathetic and warm, but also ambitious and ruthless.

Iran Nuclear Deal Pits U.S. Congress Versus U.S. Allies?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The most serious challenge to the nuclear deal may be that it does not at all address the human rights record of the Tehran theocracy or statements challenging the legitimacy of Israel. However, from the perspective of the Obama Administration and most U.S. allies, the nuclear deal is seen as a first step in empowering a more progressive trend with Iran.

Kremlin's Troll Army Is Quiet: Sign of a Coup?

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Andrea Chalupa

On Friday, those of us who share factual information about the situation on the ground in Ukraine noticed an eerie silence had befallen Twitter: Why w...

WHERE'S VLAD?

Reuters | Posted 03.15.2015 | World

MOSCOW, March 15 (Reuters) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on a report from the independent news outlet Dozhd on Sunday that sai...

Grim, Declining Nizhny Novgorod Also Part of Nemtsov's Legacy

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 05.02.2015 | World
Kevin A. Lees

Putin came to power, not in a vacuum, but into a specific context of economic, political and cultural conditions that Boris Nemtsov helped shape, both for better and for worse.

Ukraine: Insider Oligarchs Derail Maidan Revolution

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 04.30.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

In the midst of war and heightened nationalism in Ukraine, many demonstrators who participated in protests at Maidan Square just one year ago are gripped with a profound sense of shock and wonder what has happened to their country.

Vladimir Putin's 'Official DJ' Loves His Gay Fans

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.19.2015 | Gay Voices

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Ukraine Needs Political Solution, but Can Diplomacy Succeed Without Weapons?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Perhaps as American and European leaders warn that an AL-Qaeda or ISIS seeks the destruction of "our way of life," we should come to see the Putin danger similarly, but unchallenged he actually has the capacity to deliver on the threat.

Don't Issue Ultimatums To Putin, Kremlin Warns

Reuters | Posted 04.11.2015 | World

MOSCOW, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be spoken to in the language of ultimatums at talks on the Ukraine crisis, a R...

Note to Ukraine: Stop Whitewashing the Political Record

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Listen too much to Kremlin pronouncements, and one might get the impression that the Ukrainian government in Kiev is comprised of nothing less than a malevolent and sinister fascist junta.

NATO's Future Rises to Focus of U.S. Presidential Election 2016?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

NATO was critical to the shaping of the "new Europe" two decades earlier after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Similar and new challenges have emerged where once again NATO may be a defining factor in the future of Europe as well as the Euro-Atlantic family.

Buffeted By Political Firestorm, Crimean Minorities Forced to Choose

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 02.23.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Now that Crimea is firmly in the Russian column, it is to be hoped that the Kremlin will provide both peoples with as much local autonomy as possible in line with earlier pledges.

Ukraine: What Is the Position of Ethnic Minorities? An Activist Speaks

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

For the most part, ethnic minorities of Transcarpathia have gotten along with each other in recent years, though the area's delicate social balance could be upset by outsiders like Putin and his nationalist right wing allies in neighboring Hungary.

Bury Lenin's Body: The Symbol of Communism Should No Longer Mock Humanity

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Someday Russians will be free. Not just from Communism, but also less forms of authoritarianism. Liberation will come only through the Russian people's own efforts, however, not from the West. Only they can make their own future. The day liberty arrives will be the real Russian Revolution.

Russia's Expanding Global Influence

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.31.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Russia's new agreement to sell Nigeria arms to combat Boko Haram (BH) is evidence of its desire to expand its global geopolitical influence as well as enhance its reputation for being willing to step in where the West will not.

Russia Is Returning to Soviet Military Strategy

Alexander Golts | Posted 01.31.2015 | World
Alexander Golts

With oil prices falling, corrupt officials see defense spending as their last opportunity to pocket government funds -- and they have no intention of sharing that windfall with foreign defense industry competitors. Putin's recently announced policy of substituting Russian goods for previously imported products will enable those senior officials to siphon off a significant portion of budgetary funds.

Vladimir Putin Wants to Frighten the World into Respecting Russia

Alexander Golts | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Alexander Golts

Putin wants to regain that same "respect" that the West held for Khrushchev, and he sees no other way but to underscore his own unpredictability. I suspect that the recent sorties by Russian strategic bombers over the Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic, North and Black seas are a manifestation of this new unpredictability.

The Russians Aren't Marching, The Russians Aren't Marching!

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

The municipal authorities in Moscow this week denied the right to free assembly to a group of Russian ultranationalists who organize the annual (deep) soul-searching extravaganza known as "The Russian March."

What's New in Russia? Moscow 2014

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 12.23.2014 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

Visiting Russia three times in 2014 as the Ukraine crisis unfolded was insightful. For current events, but also for a look at what sites are being restored, opened and primed for tourists.