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Chechen Leader Allows His Men To Open Fire On Russian Federal Troops

AP | LYNN BERRY | Posted 04.23.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — In defiance of those in Moscow eager to curb his powers, Chechnya's strongman leader told his security forces to open fire on Russian ...

Cyprus: Russia's Potemkin Village in the European Union?

Athéna Tacet | Posted 04.20.2015 | World
Athéna Tacet

The recent deal between Cyprus and Russia may seemingly have no real short-term impact on the EU or Russia's politics in the Balkans. But it is in fact part of Russia's grand design to bypass the sanctions, stabilize and increase its foreign expansion in the EU, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Five Bizarre Moments From Putin's Marathon Call-In Show

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 04.16.2015 | World

If you had the chance, what would you ask Russian President Vladimir Putin? On Thursday, Putin spent four hours live on Russian state television a...

Marginalize Mideast; End-Stage Childlessness

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Robert Whitcomb

The metastasizing Mideast chaos and violence have shown yet again the limitations of American power there. We're backing and opposing groups in a fluctuating toxic religious, ethnic, tribal and national stew and frequently contradicting ourselves as we do.

The Déjà Vu of Russia's Rough Justice

Alex Storozynski | Posted 04.09.2015 | World
Alex Storozynski

As Europe commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a troll army secretly floods websites with pro-Putin propaganda while Russian government officials openly defend the indefensible. Moscow archivists are spreading misinformation to whitewash Soviet history.

On Beyonce, Putin and Breaking Through Our Growing Illusion of Powerlessness

Lisa Bennett | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Lisa Bennett

Afraid and powerless is an awful combination, especially when it seems other people, mainly the rich and famous, have all the power. But there is another deep, perhaps less often spoken truth these days: And that is, we still want and need to make a difference.

Putin Offers Cooperation With Greece After Meeting With Tsipras

AP | By NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 04.09.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin offered Wednesday to increase cooperation with Greece on energy and industry — but stopped short o...

Why Putin Needs to Read 'War and Peace'

Andrew D. Kaufman | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Andrew D. Kaufman

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a secret fascination with Leo Tolstoy. As a young KGB agent, he purportedly made a pilgrimage to the Leo Tolstoy Museum and Estate at Yasnaya Polyana. But for a guy who says Tolstoy is his favorite writer, Putin is, well, a very bad reader.

Moscow Condemns 'Anti-Russian Campaign' In U.S.

Reuters | Posted 04.03.2015 | World

MOSCOW, April 3 (Reuters) - Russia expressed outrage on Friday over a "frenzied anti-Russian campaign" by U.S. media and political analysts, stepping ...

The Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival: From Vladimir Putin to Margaux Hemingway

Karin Badt | Posted 03.27.2015 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

And if the festival is not enough to intrigue, one can always walk around the port of Thessaloniki, brimming with bars and outside tables, with people enjoying grilled octopus, kalamata olives, melted feta cheese and animated conversation (where is that crisis?)

Putin Is a Soviet Leader for the 21st Century

Maxim Trudolyubov | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
Maxim Trudolyubov

MOSCOW -- Today's Russia rejects Western-style competition, the rule of law and independent institutions while allowing capitalism and certain changes to economic and social policy under strictly controlled limits. The result is an attempt to strengthen the Soviet experiment and take it to its logical conclusion. Thus, the Putin regime defines "better" not in absolute terms, but as improving upon the performance of former Soviet leaders.

Putin Returns

Jeff Danziger | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

Putin Returns

What to Do About the Putin Problem?

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

Like almost everyone, I find Putin's policies objectionable, and I think he's potentially dangerous. I'm certainly not sympathetic to him, nor do I admire him. But I think he's shrewd. I also think we have largely underestimated him as a leader and his hostility toward the West.


AP | IRINA TITOVA | Posted 03.16.2015 | World

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Looking fit and joking about all the fuss over his unexplained 10-day absence from public view, President Vladimir Put...

Russia Launches Massive Arctic Military Drills

AP | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 03.17.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Monday launched sweeping military maneuvers in the Arctic and other areas, a show of force ordered by Presiden...

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

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 03.16.2015 | 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 In The World Is Vladimir Putin?

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 03.15.2015 | World

Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn't been seen in public in 10 days, and the world is starting to wonder why. Putin's absence has stretched fro...


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...

Differences Among Iraqis Over Iran's Role in the War on ISIS

Raghida Dergham | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

Today, there is no evidence showing that Arab leaders or Sunni leaders in Arab countries, Turkey, and Pakistan have a calculated long-term strategy. The political and security strategy against the US Iranian deal and to counter Iran's regional expansion is absent both as far as the near and long terms are concerned.

What Happened To Putin?

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2015 | World

MOSCOW, March 13 (Reuters) - A wave of savage mockery broke over President Vladimir Putin across the Internet on Friday, sparked by days of absence fr...

Putin's Spokesman Dismisses Rumors About Russian Leader's Poor Health

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 03.16.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Speculation is swirling in Russia about the state of Vladimir Putin's health, as an unusual spell outside the public eye fuels the rum...

Merkel Declines Putin's Invite For WWII Commemoration In Moscow

Reuters | Posted 03.11.2015 | World

BERLIN, March 11 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not attend an official ceremony in Moscow on May 9 to mark the 70th anniversary of...

Boris Nemtsov -- Another Russian Is Dead

Carole Keeney Harrington | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Carole Keeney Harrington

The killing of Nemtsov successfully eliminates the most worrisome gnats buzzing Putin in recent years.

Want to Understand President Obama's Foreign Policy?

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 03.09.2015 | New York
Andrea Chalupa

To understand the president's motives and how all the pieces -- from ISIS to Iran to Boko Haram -- fit in his priorities, impacting each other, the Ukrainian Museum of New York will host a foreign policy panel this Wednesday evening.

Ukraine: The Clash of Manichean Narratives and a Way Out

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Pierre Guerlain

In order to understand what is going on in Ukraine, history matters and the narrative of the other as well. Putin is a brutal leader yet his popularity rose as a result of the crisis. Not necessarily because he is a new Hitler as many argue but because he managed to inscribe his narrative in a Russian narrative with deep historical roots.