It’s an open secret in Russia today that many politicians and businessmen pad their resumes with fake diplomas, either plagiarizing their dissertations or paying someone to do it for roughly the cost of a midsize sedan.... more ››
Quite a lot has been said about Russia‘s “brain drain.” High profile outlets like the BBC have hinted that Russian youth are heading for the exits and that the “best and the brightest” are departing... more ››
The slowly building crisis in U.S.-Russian relations was predictable. It is largely a result of trends in Russia itself, primarily the series of counterreforms that have been adopted with increasing rapidity since mid-2012. As a... more ››
Russians are among the heaviest smokers on the planet. Oddly, they’re also quite amenable to the efforts of two notable non-smokers -- President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev -- to make them stop. On Feb.... more ››
When it comes to Russian politics, the Wizard of Oz may have been right: pay no attention to the man (or, in this case, men) behind the curtain. Please.
Run through recent headlines in the Western press on Russia, and you'll find... more ››