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Russia's 'Pivot to China' Was All Talk and Little Action

Vasily Kashin | Posted 06.15.2016 | World
Vasily Kashin

MOSCOW -- So, is Russia pivoting to China or not? This question took on ideological importance when, early in the Ukrainian crisis, the Kremlin stepped up its propaganda, touting China as an alternative to Moscow's partnership with Europe.

Why Putin's Failure to Investigate the Nemtsov Murder Will Lead to More Assassinations

Ilya Yashin | Posted 03.16.2017 | World
Ilya Yashin

MOSCOW -- Boris Nemtsov never believed he would be murdered. Of course, he understood he might be harassed in one way or another. He knew the authorities might have plans to send him to prison. But he never for one minute imagined that someone could shoot him in the back.

What Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich Means to the 'Russian World'

Georgy Bovt | Posted 10.12.2016 | World
Georgy Bovt

MOSCOW -- Alexievich, who writes primarily in Russian, is very much a part of this "Russian world" -- that is, in the cultural and civilizational sense, and not in the political or military sense that gained currency during events in Ukraine. This "Russian world," this "Russian civilization" now stands at possibly the most critical juncture of its existence. And it is very timely that a Russian-language Slavic author who writes that this "Russian world" is standing at the threshold of the deepest crisis of its long history has received this award now.

Why Russia Opposed the MH17 Tribunal

Georgy Bovt | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Georgy Bovt

MOSCOW -- The vast majority of Russians view the incident as an "episode of war," as "collateral damage" roughly equivalent to the Ukrainian forces' indiscriminate shelling of civilians in the Donbass -- a crime of which state-controlled television constantly reminds them.

8 Questions on Ukraine

David Speedie | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
David Speedie

For one observer, there are some fundamental questions that seem to apply from the very beginning of the crisis and which seem important in understanding the broader context.

Move Along, No Gay Propaganda Here

Steve Skrovan | Posted 10.14.2013 | Comedy
Steve Skrovan

Recently, Moscow celebrated a holiday called "Paratrooper's Day." When I was told it culminates with some of the soldiers stripping down to their underwear to dance and frolic in a fountain, it reminded me of another type of parade that takes place all around the world.

'Aliens Think We're Idiots,' Claims Russian Scientist

Posted 04.27.2012 | Weird News

It must have seemed like an aerial invasion to the many eyewitnesses who gazed skyward in St. Petersburg, Russia, on the nights of April 9 through 11....

"Blind as Bats and Sitting Ducks": Russian Media on Spy Arrests in U.S. and Puppetmaster Putin

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bill Lichtenstein

In the wake of the June 28 arrest of ten alleged Russian spies living in the U.S., an opinion piece in today's The Moscow Times, boldly criticized Russia's intelligence services.

Will Obama Sell Out Disarmament Like He Did Bank Reform and Health Care?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

What's to keep the START treaty from winding up as watered down as President Obama's feeble attempts at bank and health care reform?