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Is Facebook a Threat to Putin?

Sergei Guriev | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Sergei Guriev

The impact of the Facebook-assisted mobilization should not be underestimated. Had the government not feared further popular unrest, Nalvany might be going to prison for the next decade, with his brother spending up to eight years there with him.

Russians Feel a Tempest Brewing

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Ivan Sukhov

In the life of any country a situation can arise that requires a clear choice between positive change or stagnation and decline. At such times, only the collective will of the people can generate sufficient will to begin the process of change. And yes, sometimes the awakening of national consciousness begins with struggling over a mountain of dirty and snowy slush on the side of the road.

If You Want To Understand Putin, You Have To Know These 15 Facts

HuffPost Germany | Sebastian Christ | Posted 11.11.2014 | World

When the crisis in Ukraine first escalated in February, many German experts on Russia were caught off guard. Almost none of them had foreseen that the...

'No Putin -- No Russia'

Georgy Bovt | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
Georgy Bovt

Russia's ruling class, taking its cue from the president, has completely shifted into a world of its own, replete with a separate set of ideas, values and principles. And the problem is not whether the Russian or Western world is more "correct," but that the two sides have conclusively formed separate camps, unable to understand and unwilling to even listen to each other.

WATCH: Putin Lashes Out At West For Destabilizing World

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

In unusually blunt and candid remarks -- even for Vladimir Putin -- the Russian president lashed out on Friday at the U.S. for destabilizing the world...

Is Russia a Block of Ice Floating Back Into the 16th Century?

Marko Dumančić | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Marko Dumančić

In his most recent presidential address to the federal assembly, Putin noted that the world supports Russia's "defense of traditional values" against the "so-called tolerance" that he accused of being "genderless and infertile."

The Russian Dream Is All About Empire

Svetlana Alexievich | Posted 09.24.2014 | World
Svetlana Alexievich

The Russian Dream is for the country to be a great empire and to inspire fear. Interviews I recently conducted in Moscow all ended with the same words: "First, the Olympic Games in Sochi, then we annexed Crimea. And now, we've won the hockey championships!"

Nailing Shut 'Window to Europe' Will Empower Russian Nationalists

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 09.24.2014 | World
Ivan Sukhov

The most frightening possible result of sanctions is that the West could nail shut the "window to Europe" that Russia has been laboring hard to develop ever since Peter the Great first built it at tremendous cost in the early 18th century.

Putin's Tipping Point? Remembering What Happened When the Soviets Shot Down a Plane

Nina L. Khrushcheva | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Nina L. Khrushcheva

When incompetence in the Kremlin turns murderous, its incumbents can begin to tremble. As news of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine trickled into Russia, people with a long memory recalled the Soviet Union's attack, 31 years ago this September, on Korean Air Lines Flight 007, and its political consequences. Back then, the Kremlin first lied to the world by saying that it had nothing to do with the missing KAL plane. Later it claimed that the South Korean jet was on an American spy mission. But, within the Soviet leadership, the incident was a tipping point.

Putin Needs to Call Out Pro-Russian Rebels

Olga Bielkova | Posted 09.18.2014 | World
Olga Bielkova

Mr. Putin has had many opportunities to condemn the violence, but he has failed every time. I want his words to be addressed to Girkin and other Russian citizens disturbing Ukraine, not to my president. Putin's silence, which effectively condones the terrorists' activities in eastern Ukraine, bares a grave cost. Ending the violence has been the essence of an agreement reached in Geneva many months ago to which Russia was a signatory.

Putin Promises No Discriminations At Sochi

Reuters | Denis Dyomkin | Posted 03.18.2014 | World

MOSCOW, Jan 16 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday no athlete would face discrimination at next month's Winter Olympics, hoping to e...

Russia Tightens Security For Sochi Games

Reuters | Posted 03.08.2014 | World

MOSCOW, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Russian forces went on combat alert in Sochi and tightened restrictions on access to the Black Sea resort on Tuesday as part...

Putin Deals Major Blow To Russian Media

Reuters | Posted 02.08.2014 | Media

By Timothy Heritage MOSCOW, Dec 9 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin tightened his control over Russia's media on Monday by dissolvi...

Is Potus Planning To Visit Putin?

AP | Posted 11.13.2012 | World

MOSCOW -- Russian news agencies say Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama have spoken on the phone and the American president has expressed his readiness to...

Medvedev Interview: Russian President Breaks From Putin In Landmark Interview With Opposition Newspaper

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Breaking with the tone established by his predecessor Vladimir Putin, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev stated outright in an interview with a well-kn...