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Why Putin's War Talk Isn't Fooling Anyone

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 06.17.2016 | World
Ivan Sukhov

MOSCOW -- Apparently, the Kremlin thinks that deploying 40 new ICBMs will somehow improve its image, just as the Soviet Union once used the same missiles in a misguided attempt to make itself more attractive.

How Shirtless Putin Became A Rock Star President In Russia

OZY | Sean Braswell | Posted 05.09.2015 | World

Vladimir Putin is sort of the Old Spice of world leaders. And not just because the Russian president turns up topless on a horse more often than Isaia...

Russia Looks To China As Ties With West Fray

Reuters | Vladimir Soldatkin and Timothy Heritage | Posted 05.08.2016 | World

By Vladimir Soldatkin and Timothy Heritage MOSCOW, May 8 (Reuters) - Russia and China signed a $25 billion deal to boost Chinese lendi...

Putin Is a Soviet Leader for the 21st Century

Maxim Trudolyubov | Posted 05.23.2015 | 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.

Kremlin Rules Out Handing Back Crimea To Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 05.17.2015 | World

By Timothy Heritage and Darya Korsunskaya MOSCOW, March 17 (Reuters) - Russia ruled out handing Crimea back to Ukraine on Tuesday and ...

Kremlin Critic Navalny Released From Jail

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2015 | World

By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW, March 6 (Reuters) - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny walked out of a Moscow detention center on Friday and ...

Russia Holds Large-Scale Military Exercises In Disputed Territories

Reuters | Posted 05.05.2015 | World

MOSCOW, March 5 (Reuters) - Russia's Defense Ministry said on Thursday that large-scale military exercises had started in southern Russia and in dis...

Putin Says Opposition Leader's Murder Was Political

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2015 | World

By Denis Pinchuk MOSCOW, March 4 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the murder of Kremlin critic Bori...

Ukraine's President Says Russian Opposition Leader's Murder Linked To Separatist War

Reuters | Posted 04.30.2015 | World

KIEV, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was murdered because he ...

Stunned Russians Mourn Murdered Kremlin Critic

Reuters | Posted 04.30.2015 | World

By Alexander Winning and Katya Golubkova MOSCOW, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Thousands of stunned Russians laid flowers and lit candles on Satu...

Pussy Riot Releases First English Song, 'I Can't Breathe'

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 02.18.2015 | World

Members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot released their first English-language song on Wednesday, titled "I Can't Breathe" -- the final words of Ne...

The Minsk Agreement Can Only Work If Power Is Balanced Between Russia and the West

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Ivan Sukhov

MOSCOW -- At the root of all this monstrous and bloody story is the fact that the West lied to Moscow 25 years ago when it said it would not expand NATO even one inch to the east if the Soviet Union agreed to the unification of Germany. The West really did take full advantage of its opportunity to violate the balance of power in the world and must now busy itself with overcoming the negative consequences.

Why It's Hard To Be A Russian Millionaire In Europe

OZY | SEBASTIAN JOST | Posted 02.12.2015 | World

An unimposing brick building sits at 8-12 Welbeck Way in a narrow alley near Oxford Street. The Oracle Capital Group’s London headquarters is hardly...

Bildt: Merkel Is Best To Solve The Crisis With Putin

The European | Max Tholl and Florian Guckelsberger | Posted 02.09.2015 | World

Carl Bildt, a former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, is one of Europe’s leading statesmen. He is also a member of the Steering Commit...

Does Putin Want War or Negotiations?

Nina L. Khrushcheva | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Nina L. Khrushcheva

Does Putin want Europe and the United States to feel threatened by a possibility of a larger war with Russia -- in order to push them into continuing talks with him? If the talks fail, Putin might want the West to believe Russia will have no choice but to expand militarily. Or does Putin really care about the negotiations, not the war? By pushing the rebels to take more territory in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin is trying to create new facts on the ground that Putin can use as leverage in the impending talks.

Will Greece's New Government Be a Western Mouthpiece for Putin?

Takis Michas | Posted 04.04.2015 | World
Takis Michas

ATHENS -- Syriza's new geopolitics have won it many friends in Moscow. Moscow reciprocated to the Greek government's statements opposing the embargo by praising Greece for its "democratic attitude," while Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov immediately invited his Greek counterpart to Moscow.

Putin's Former Judo Partner To Build Russian Bridge To Crimea

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2015 | World

By Elizabeth Piper MOSCOW, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Russia has handed a multi-billion dollar contract to build a bridge to the Crimea penins...

How Does Russia See the World?

Sergey Lavrov | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Sergey Lavrov

MOSCOW -- It should be understood that attempts to put pressure on Russia through unilateral sanctions -- which are illegitimate and have been condemned by the U.N. General Assembly -- will not make us forego what we think is right and just.

Has Russia's War Against Ukraine Reached a Point of No Return?

Alexander Motyl | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Alexander Motyl

Western hopes of a negotiated settlement of the conflict in Ukraine are effectively dead. It is high time for the West to realize that Putin and his proxies have no interest in peace.

Russia Says North Korea Indicated Kim Jong-Un Will Visit Moscow

Reuters | Posted 03.23.2015 | World

MOSCOW, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Russia received a positive initial signal from North Korea after President Vladimir Putin invited its leader Kim Jong Un ...

Why the Russian Far East Is So Important to China

Artyom Lukin | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Artyom Lukin

There are signs that China is beginning to see Eastern Russia as an important "strategic rear area," a proximate overland supplier of a range of vital primary commodities. This is directly related to China's intensifying contest with the U.S. for primacy in the Asia-Pacific. Beijing is increasingly worried that, if this rivalry comes to a head, Washington may use its trump card -- launching a naval blockade of the sea lanes through which China receives most of its imported primary products.

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.

Putin Is Bringing Darkness to the Edge of Europe

Yulia Tymoshenko | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Yulia Tymoshenko

In 2014, Vladimir Putin discovered his inner Trotsky. For what Russia's president is now offering Ukraine is a perverse twist on the formula Trotsky proclaimed during the peace negotiations at Brest-Litovsk in 1918: "No war, no peace."

Ignoring 'Cold War II' Won't Make It Go Away

Pyotr Romanov | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Pyotr Romanov

Ordinary citizens remain calm because of the simple fact that they typically do not know the full picture -- nor do they try to know it. It is easier to live that way. Just the same, it is time to wake up and recognize what is happening. This is no Hollywood blockbuster unfolding outside our windows, but a force majeure of international proportions. True, it is not the first that the world has experienced, but knowing what hardships previous conflicts have brought to mankind should motivate us to try to prevent any more from occurring.

Even Russians Are Running From the Ruble

Sergei Guriev | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
Sergei Guriev

Given that the price of oil is likely to remain low, Asian financiers -- even the Chinese -- do not seem eager to refinance Russian companies, and sanctions are unlikely to be lifted.