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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.

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!"

Former Russian Finance Minister Fears Putin Is Isolating The Country

ITAR-TASS | Posted 07.23.2014 | World

MOSCOW, July 22. /ITAR-TASS/. Some forces in Russia are interested in the country's isolation but the Russian business wants to invest in global marke...

Blame Russia for Russian aggression

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Robert Whitcomb

Earth is a big, messy place with nations and cultures whose actions stem from deep history and habits that have little or nothing to do with big, self-absorbed, inward-looking America and its five percent of the world population.

China's Syria Strategy

Daniel Pena | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Daniel Pena

What we're seeing emerge is not a military or ideological counterweight to the United States in Russia and China, but rather a financial one that doesn't even need an army to fight it's wars, but only buyers.

Russia's Anti Gay Law and International Conservatism

Elena Ulansky | Posted 11.10.2013 | World
Elena Ulansky

It looks like Mr. Putin, being fully aware of the results of the law would have on the western world, chose to care more about how he is perceived in his country than in the rest of the world.

Artist Behind Painting Of Putin In Lingerie Flees Russia

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 08.29.2013 | Arts

On Monday, four satirical paintings by artist Konstantin Altunin were removed from the St. Petersburg Museum of Power during a raid by Russian police....

Think First, Act Second to Support LGBT Equality in Russia

Lorri L. Jean | Posted 10.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Lorri L. Jean

By organizing international condemnation of Putin's anti-LGBT policies and other human rights abuses, we could impact Russia and deter other leaders from considering a similar path.

WATCH: Everything You Know About Russia Is A Lie

Posted 02.07.2013 | Comedy

Who better to better disprove common myths about Russia -- that it's a corrupt hellhole -- than a narrator who swears his blind allegiance to the moth...

The Wrong Way to Do Human Rights

Simon Lester | Posted 03.13.2013 | World
Simon Lester

Did anyone really believe Russia would welcome this? Human rights are good, and the rule of law is good, and healthy societies are good.

Why Pussy Riot Matters

Ron Galloway | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Ron Galloway

Vladimir Putin might want to deliberate on the unintended consequences that might result from a harsh verdict against Pussy Riot on Friday. As we have seen in the last two years, what was once unthinkable is becoming common.

How Not to Achieve Foreign Policy Objectives With Russia

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.04.2012 | World
Daniel Wagner

Scolding Russia has never resulted in warmer relations between the two countries; it is certainly not going to do so now. Rather, Russia will more likely prove to be an impediment on both subjects, at least in part in response to adoption of the Magnitsky Law.

Picturing Putin's Russia

Mark D. Steinberg | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Mark D. Steinberg

Laughing mockery of power may let off steam. But it may also be a sign of something consequential: that many Russians, audacious and without fear, feel that Putinism has become an embarrassment and a hindrance.

Putin Needs a Little Respect

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.05.2012 | World
Daniel Wagner

The western press should stop taking an 'anything but Putin' approach to reporting events in Russia. Not only is it tiresome, it is largely inaccurate.

Back in the USSR (You Don't Know How Lucky You Are)

Ken Blackwell | Posted 12.05.2011 | World
Ken Blackwell

Vladimir Putin's Russian nickname would not be Vlad, but Vova. And the Russian word for what he is is vozhd. That's what Russians call the Boss. And Boss he is, to be sure.


Jeff Danziger | Posted 11.25.2011 | World
Jeff Danziger


PREDICT: Will Putin Take Over?

Posted 09.26.2011 | World

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is reportedly considering a move back to the presidency, a role currently held by his own party's Dmitry Medvede...

Former Spy: Putin Risks Becoming Russia's Mugabe Unless He Reforms

Posted 09.12.2011 | World

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin could follow the path of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev or Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe unless he can open up Russia'...

Is Medvedev or Putin Better for Russia?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.31.2011 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is a widely held view that the outcome of the election has already been decided between the two men -- raising additional questions about the legitimacy of the 'democratic' process involved.

Gorbachev: Putin Shows 'Incredible Conceit' And Voter Disrespect

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW — Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Monday described Russia as an imitation of democracy and accused its current rulers of concei...

Putin To Protesters: You'll Be Beaten If You Continue To Rally

AP | LYNN BERRY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin disparaged Russian dissidents in crude street language in an interview Monday and said they would keep gettin...

Medvedev Imposes Control Over Russian History

Oleg Kozlovsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Oleg Kozlovsky

Since "falsification of history" is a very vague definition, their field of work is only limited by their own fantasy.

An Oligarch, a Poisoning Suspect and an Opposition Leader May Run For Mayor of Sochi

Russia Magazine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russia Magazine

The city which hosts the Olympics in 2014 and becomes a showcase of Russian international standing over the next five years is up for grabs. That elevates the mayoral election in a small resort town of Sochi to the national level.

Is There a Split in Kremlin?

Neil Hicks | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Neil Hicks

Medvedev's conciliatory gestures may be a good cop/bad cop tactic orchestrated by Putin. Churchill's famous analogy to "bulldogs fighting under a rug" to describe Russian politics remains apt.

8 Key Things To Know, and One Big Question, About Russia v. Georgia

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

As a result of its military being smashed, Georgia had to withdraw its forces, some 2000 troops in all, from Iraq, leaving the US even further holding the bag there.