December 20, 2013

Putin Giveth and Putin Taketh Away

Julia Ioffe, The New Republic

The Associated Press
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TAGGED: Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Vladimir Putin, Russia


December 19, 2013
Putin's Pardoning Spree Is a Cold Calculation
Mark MacKinnon, G&M
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent two messages on Thursday by announcing he plans to free his country’s most famous political prisoner. The first is that he is once more in complete control of his country. The second is... more ››
December 20, 2013
International Pressure on Putin Is Working
Judah & Knaus, Reuters
When dealing with Putin’s Russia, democratic politicians need to keep in mind one key point: Whatever the bravado — this regime is not as strong as it seems. more ››
December 17, 2013
How Putin Outfoxed the West
Christian Neef & Matthias Schepp, Der Spiegel
In one of his many foreign-policy successes this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin has used power politics and blackmail to bring Ukraine back into Russia's sphere of influence. But what is the Kremlin leader's secret to... more ››
December 13, 2013
Gay Rights and Putin's Olympics
David Remnick, The New Yorker
The Russian officials I meet always seem surprised that so many Westerners care at all about the rights of gay men and women. A few days ago, a senior official told me that such concerns were the inventions of the Western press.... more ››