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Being Pro-West Doesn't Mean Being Anti-Russian

Pyotr Romanov | Posted 08.14.2014 | World
Pyotr Romanov

Although rhetoric on both sides can create the impression that Russia is either for or against the West, we should remember that Russia has often walked a middle line. Its unique view of the world is a direct consequence of its history, and not one that should be reduced to the strident positions of either the Europhiles or the Slavophiles.

Understand Putin by Understanding What Scares Him Most: Democracy

Vladislav Inozemtsev | Posted 08.08.2014 | World
Vladislav Inozemtsev

Putin's professional career was twice overturned by the democratic process, and consequently he sees it as his greatest threat.

Nailing Shut 'Window to Europe' Will Empower Russian Nationalists

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 07.25.2014 | 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.

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...

Putin Vows To Strengthen Russia's Capabilities To Counter NATO

Reuters | Posted 07.22.2014 | World

MOSCOW, July 22 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia would use its influence with separatists in east Ukraine to allow a ful...

Putin Speaks Out Against New U.S. Sanctions

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 07.17.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday lamented the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, saying they will stalemate bilateral ...

Putin Wants Cash Up Front Before Shipping Gas To Ukraine

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 07.15.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has ratcheted up pressure on Ukraine, with President Vladimir Putin saying in a letter released Thursday that it only will deli...

What is Putin's Secret Weapon?

Roger Myerson | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
Roger Myerson

Surely Putin has long understood, better than anyone else, how a few calls and promises from the Kremlin could readily recruit many of these local leaders in eastern Ukraine to win their cooperation in organizing local residents for pro-Russian demonstrations. To an unappreciated provincial councilor who has gotten words of assurance that he or she would be warmly welcomed into Putin's party of power, the idea of secession from Ukraine into Russia could become quite appealing. No bags of cash would be needed.

How The U.S. Made Its Putin Problem Worse

Reuters | Posted 06.21.2014 | World

By David Rohde and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK, April 18 (Reuters) - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terror...

Putin Finally Admits: Russian Soldiers In Crimea

AP | LYNN BERRY | Posted 06.17.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — To understand Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions in Ukraine, it helps to pay close attention to his choice of words and his...

Putin: Impossible For Europe To Stop Buying Russian Gas

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2014 | World

MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday it would not be possible for Europe, which is trying to cut its relia...

Know Your Rival: Ukraine, Russia, and the Art of Politics

Ryan Evans | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Ryan Evans

Putin's seizure of Crimea is illegal, unjust, and appalling. But I understand that Russia views NATO as a hostile alliance -- one that was founded with the purpose of containing and fighting the Soviet Union -- that has extended into Russia's immediate neighborhood.

Putin's Actions Could Break Up Russia, Not Unify It

Strobe Talbott | Posted 05.12.2014 | World
Strobe Talbott

When he was Russia's President, Boris Yeltsin held the line on the status quo: There would be no territorial adjustments to align the political map with the ethnographic one or to correct historical anomalies. In effect, Yeltsin made what became the borders of an independent, post-Soviet Russia a red line that neither he nor his successors should ever cross. If Putin forcibly separates Crimea from Ukraine and reunifies it with Russia, thus negating Yeltsin's decision and commitment, he will be following the Milosević example -- but with possible consequences that could jeopardize the territorial integrity of Russia itself.

Putin Pursues 'Eurasian Union' Dream Through Dominating Neighbors

AP | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 05.06.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — As a counterweight to the European Union, Russia's Vladimir Putin is pursuing an ambitious dream rooted in memories of Soviet glory: T...

What Putin's Tough Talk On Ukraine Says About Him And Crisis

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 03.04.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — In some ways, the venue Vladimir Putin chose and the emotional lecture he gave the world about Russia's actions in Ukraine said it all...

Putin's Calculus in Ukraine

David L. Phillips | Posted 05.03.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

Putin is in complete control of the situation. He delights in making a mockery of Obama's righteous indignation, exposing the hypocrisy and weakness of the West. After Obama's wobbly warning to Syria, Putin knows that Obama will never go to war over Ukraine.

Putin Claims There's No Discrimination Against Gays In Russia

AP | LYNN BERRY | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices

VALDAI, Russia — President Vladimir Putin denied Thursday that gays face discrimination in Russia, saying that a new law that has drawn protests...

Putin's Totally Unbelievable Response To Anti-Gay Laws Controversy

AP | LYNN BERRY | Posted 09.04.2013 | Gay Voices

NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia -- President Vladimir Putin sought to ease concerns that Russia's new anti-gay law would be used to punish athletes who display ...

Russia, Gays, Vodka and Foreign Policy

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

President Putin is masterful at intermingling nationalism and patriotism with domestic and foreign policy. He seems to have perfected his art with the passage of the recent anti-gay laws in Russia, prompting outrageous attacks on gay Russians.

Luke Johnson

Russian Opposition Lawmaker Faces Strange Charge | Luke Johnson | Posted 03.17.2013 | World

Lawmakers accused Dmitry Gudkov, one of the remaining two pro-opposition figures in Russia’s 450-member parliament, of treason Friday and called him...

Putin Bans Officials From Owning Foreign Accounts

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 02.13.2013 | World

MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin has submitted a bill that would ban Russian Cabinet members and other senior officials from having foreign bank acc...

Observers: Russian Local Elections RIGGED

AP | MAX SEDDON | Posted 10.15.2012 | World

MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin's loyalists swept to victory in most local election races held across Russia, preliminary results showed Monday, wh...

How To Rig A Russian Election

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 10.15.2012 | World

MOSCOW -- As elections for governors, mayors and regional legislatures took place across Russia this weekend – and President Vladimir Putin's loyali...

TSAR PUTIN: Russian Leader Reportedly Living The High Life

AP | MANSUR MIROVALEV | Posted 08.28.2012 | World

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is spending billions of taxpayers' rubles on 20 luxurious residences, 43 jets and four yachts, a top opposi...

Russia's Military Stands To Get Stronger

Reuters | Posted 10.11.2012 | World

MOSCOW, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Russia's military will get 1,600 new warplanes and helicopters by 2020, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday, as par...