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The Downed Airliner, Putin and History

Andrew Nagorski | Posted 07.18.2014 | World
Andrew Nagorski

When the façade of an authoritarian regime begins to be exposed to the harsh glare of truth, it usually crumbles at some point.

Must See Yerevan

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 07.06.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

While you are unlikely to confuse Yerevan with Paris, Tamanyan's plans were successful in making Yerevan a city that is quite distinct from many of the grey, monolithic ex-Soviet cities that litter the territory of the former USSR.

Back in the USSR

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

This is no Putin victory, and no Obama loss. It is a brazen Russian reassertion of interests. But being back in the USSR is of dubious benefit and no reward.

Another 'Georgia on My Mind'

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.28.2014 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

A walk down Rustaveli Avenue, so named after a 12th Century Georgian poet, on a cold January morning allowed me to appreciate some of the country's history, which my guide recounted with relish.

Russia's Ban on the Spread of 'Nontraditional Sexual Relations'

Lisa Chau | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Lisa Chau

It's a clear sign Putin is doing everything within his power to prevent a massive social controversy from occurring. In the end, it will be a surprise if all the political maneuvering and rhetoric has any effect on the Olympics.

What's Become of Syria's Christian Sites?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.18.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

As politicians debate the fate of Syria's Christian minority, reportedly targeted by Muslim fundamentalists for supporting Bashar Al Assad's regime, t...

Tselkov In New York: Brutal Beauty at the Back of the Candy-Store

Simon Hewitt | Posted 07.27.2013 | Arts
Simon Hewitt

After wowing London with his Last Supper at Saatchi during the Winter, Oleg Tselkov hit New York this Spring.

The Soviet Union Might Actually Still Exist

AP | YURAS KARMANAU | Posted 04.09.2013 | World

MINSK, Belarus — The powerful Soviet Union may still exist after all – at least on paper. Former Belarusian leader Stanislav Shushkevich ...

How To Survive Moscow's Winters

Samantha Hiew | Posted 12.28.2012 | Travel
Samantha Hiew

On the same side as the Kremlin, facing the frozen Moskva River, we stumbled upon the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which is now better known as the Pussy Riot church.

Remembering Vaclav Havel

Andrew Nagorski | Posted 02.20.2012 | World
Andrew Nagorski

Looking back at my encounters with Havel, I'm struck by three dominant character traits: his moral courage, his ability to recognize and live with the contradictions of human behavior, and his sense of the absurd.

A Naked, Post-Soviet Hot Tub Experience

Rick Steves | Posted 02.11.2012 | Travel
Rick Steves

Georgia's capital was founded thanks to one thing: natural sulfuric hot springs.

Art Moscow 2011

Constantin Bjerke | Posted 12.21.2011 | Arts
Constantin Bjerke

When you hear the word 'Moscow', many things come to mind - contemporary art is unlikely to be one of them. Set to change this is Christina Steinbrech...

When Propaganda Gets Personal: Part 1 of 2

Frederick Thomas | Posted 08.01.2011 | Media
Frederick Thomas

2011-06-01-201106011950s_family_and_TV.gif This photo surprised me when it found its way to the internet.

WATCH: Photographing Communist, Soviet-Era Architecture

Constantin Bjerke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Constantin Bjerke

90 buildings, scattered around 14 ex-soviet states, without trend, without a common 'school.' Is this evidence...

Is the "United States" About to Get Scrapped?

Abigail Pesta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Abigail Pesta

I'm referring, of course, to the "S.S. United States" -- the fastest oceanliner ever built. Last week, news broke that the foreign owner of the histor...

Cold War's End -- The Wall Comes Down

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The fall of The Wall signified the fall of the Soviet Union, and an end to the Cold War. And while this was of enormous historical import, I fear that future generations won't really pay much attention to it.

HUAC: Americanism

Michael Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Kaplan

Cynically magnifying trivialities; bluster and innuendo; guilt by association; shameless grandstanding ... wouldn't it be nice if these were considered un-American activities?

Moldova Elections: Communists Lose

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Moldova's pro-Western opposition parties have defeated the Communist Party in repeat parliamentary elections. With most of the votes tabulated, the C...

Brothel Watch

Scott Diel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Scott Diel

Sure, the girls make too much noise, and maybe they do drive down the property value. But if the prostitutes were driven out, they might be replaced with worse. Like a family with teenagers.

The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Already Here!

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

The new tool to crush the opposition is funded by a new menace, that of capitalism built on a phenomenal wealth in commodities and oil.

Precedent George Bush

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bush's term in office will be remembered for the precedents it set, particularly in relation to the presidential power, and the separation of powers between the three branches of U.S. government.