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In certain ways, though, official religious life in today's Russia is not really all that different from Soviet times, apart from being vastly more prominent. Established religious...(full article)

A paranoid person harbors unhealthy suspicions and sees in random events conspiracies and intrigues against him by his enemies....(full article)

The West's attitude toward Russia is strongly reminiscent of the relationship between Russia's "leading" intelligentsia and its ordinary citizens. The more "pro...(full article)

Natural gas relationships are a bit like marriage. They are often long, expensive and ultimately very difficult to end. There could not be a better example than the energy relation...(full article)

Establishing the Nuland-Karasin diplomatic channel gives Russia something it has always craved: a bilateral format to decide the Ukraine crisis with the United States, and one that...(full article)

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Moscow's Showcase Democracy Is a Sham - Nikolai Epple, Moscow Times

The Russian authorities are attempting to turn Moscow into a showcase of urban development and democracy. They inquire after Muscovites' preferences on every trivial detail from ho...

Russia Celebrates the Gulag - Mikhail Danilovich & Robert Coalson, RFERL

PERM, Russia -- The Perm-36 gulag museum in the forests of Western Siberia is under new management -- and it's easy to feel the difference when touring the new team's recently open...

Russia's Army Sabotages Putin - Alexander Golts, Moscow Times

Surprisingly, Russia's leaders do manage to come up with good ideas on occasion. But, of course, their subordinates immediately sabotage them to the best of their abilities. To the...

The Russia-EU Energy Security Trap - Stratos Pourzitakis, Carnegie Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bombshell decision in December 2014 to suspend the South Stream gas pipeline, which was to link Russia to Southeastern Europe, and replace ...

Europe's Denial About War with Russia - Andrew Michta, Politico EU

There can be no denying that Europe’s overall military weakness has played a role in Russia’s calculus, not only during the annexation of Crimea and the escalation in D...

How Russia Sees Its 'Little Green Men' - Samuel Bendett, RealClearWorld

How do Russians wish to see their "green men," and what kind of training do they go through?...

Putin Is Down with Polygamy - Julia Ioffe, Foreign Policy

In assenting to coerced, teenage marriages in Chechnya, Russia’s Christian warrior has made a devil’s bargain with an Islamist thug....

War Between Russia's Rival Security Agencies - Josh Yaffa, New Yorker

Putin has launched sporadic anticorruption campaigns. But a genuine fight against corruption would mean targeting those whom he depends on in order to stay in power. Aside from a f...

How Russia Tries to Intimidate Japan - Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat

Russia plans to massively invest in military and civilian infrastructure projects on the Kuril islands, TASS reports quoting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev....

Helping Russia's Silenced - Anne Applebaum, Washington Post

Despite the auspicious beginnings, almost all of the Russian media have since come under direct or indirect control of the Kremlin. Most of the witty writers either learned to conf...

The Eurasian Big Bang - Pepe Escobar, TomDispatch

Let's start with the geopolitical Big Bang you know nothing about, the one that occurred just two weeks ago. Here are its results: from now on, any possible future attack on Iran t...

How Long Can Putin Spin the Facts on MH17? - Paul R. Gregory, Forbes

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in Ukraine one year ago—but not much (except the passage of time) has changed since then....

Did Putin Sell Out Greece? - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

There's been a rash of conspiracy theories about secret concessions that Russian President Vladimir Putin is supposed to have made to Western leaders. The latest asserts that Putin...

Springtime for America's Enemies - Garry Kasparov, The Daily Beast

Keeping a firm grip on power is the only thing that matters in a dictatorship. The consequences of losing power in an authoritarian regime rarely involve peaceful retirement and a ...

After Iran, John Kerry Must Now Focus on Russia, Ukraine - WaPo

The nuclear agreement with Iran provides ample proof of Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s remarkable commitment and skill in waging diplomacy. In an era when the Pentagon do...

Russia's Coming Regime Change - Andrei Kozyrev, New York Times

Regime change in Russia is inevitable, maybe imminent. But the West should not bet on that eventuality or make it a policy goal. The Russian people will rise up again, but the path...

How the U.S., Russia Could Solve Syria - Paul Saunders, Al-Monitor

The Iran deal has produced a level of mutual congratulations in the US-Russia relationship that, however mild, has not existed for some time. According to the White House, Presiden...

A Continent Partying Like It's 1939 - Kurt Schlichter, The Federalist

Human nature hasn’t changed one iota. Thugs like Vladimir Putin and Islamofascists like ISIS understand the bloody mathematics of power in the way the espresso-sippers refuse to....

Rising Tensions in Eastern Europe - Japan Times

The United States' decision to store heavy weapons in the Baltic states and several Eastern European countries in an attempt to ease their fears stemming from Russia’s interventi...

We're All Putin's 'Useful Idiots' - Peter Pomerantsev, Politico EU

Watching Russian TV recently is a disturbing business. As Stephen Ennis at BBC Monitoring has painstakingly recorded, Russian media has developed a habit of delivering death t...

How to Disappear a Country - Amie Ferris-rotman, The Atlantic

DONETSK, Ukraine—Deep in the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) on Ukraine’s eastern fringe, crumbling statues of Lenin were guarding a century-old coal mine, test...

West Ignores Georgian Borders at Its Peril - George Mchedlishvili, MT

Russia's advance into previously uncontested Georgian territory demonstrates that, despite its preoccupation with Ukraine, Moscow remains determined to derail Georgia's p...

Europe Puts Its Finger on the Trigger - Nathan Siegel, Ozy

Hedgehog. Seemingly innocent, this word takes on extraordinary significance in a tiny Northern European country, reminding their population of barely 1 million of the constant thre...

Russia's Nuclear Power Play in the Middle East - Melissa Hersh, TNI

Russia is making moves in the Middle East nuclear-energy game. It could be time for the United States to get involved, too....

Putin's Looming Legitimacy Crisis - Robert Person, Moscow Times

Putin's "Ukraine bounce" will surely be subject to "political gravity": that which goes up will inevitably come down. It was not long ago that Putin's approval ratings were at thei...

Who Wants to Buy Russia's New Tank? - Samuel Bendett, RealClearWorld

Billed by Russians as the most advanced military system in the world today, it certainly impressed global audiences and experts....

Russian Hackers Target the Pentagon - Shane Harris, The Daily Beast

A sophisticated group of hackers, who earlier targeted the White House and State Department, have launched a stealth phishing campaign on the Pentagon....

Europe Risks Losing Moldova to Russia - Niels Van Wanrooij, GRI

Moldova, a country of 3.5 million on the brink of bankruptcy, risks becoming a failed state. This would increase instability on the EU's eastern borders by handing Russia another o...

Russia Has Little to Smile About with Iran Deal - The Nat'l Interest

Ever since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, relations with the United States and Europe have gotten increasingly tense. Russia’s sending bombers to test European and American...

What the Iran Deal Gives Away to Russia - L. Todd Wood, Wash Times

The world awoke to a nuclear deal with Iran as expected this morning. However, it seems Iran being allowed to develop and deploy a nuclear weapon was not the only development that ...

Russia Is not the Threat the West Thinks It Is - M. Galeotti, Moscow Times

Does Moscow have the desire to go to war with the United States? There seems no evidence that this is in the slightest degree true....

Russia Tries to Build a Terminator - Samuel Bendett, RealClearWorld

Military robotics and unmanned systems are gaining popularity across the globe. The United States is the leading developer and user of various unmanned air, land, and sea systems, ...

There Is No Way Out for Syria - John Gay, The National Interest

For more than four years, Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war. Around four million people have been uprooted. The nation’s cities have been reduced to rubble. Its ec...

A Competent Statesman Can Deal with Russia - Conrad Black, NY Sun

Russia can’t win a contest with the West....

India and Pakistan, in the Same Security Bloc? - F. Shaikh, Chatham House

India and Pakistan are expected to be simultaneously elevated to full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in 2016, as mooted at this week’s summit of th...

Do Other Countries Have Donald Trumps? - Adam Taylor, Wash Post

Trump is a product of American society, but he's not unique. His mixture of murky wealth, extreme arrogance and vulgar chauvinism can be found all over the world, albeit with local...

China Could Be the Bank, and Russia the Gun - R. Standish, Foreign Policy

In the past decade, Beijing and Moscow have been more competitors than partners. But that relationship may now be changing as Russian and Chinese leaders are considering combining ...

Is Putin's Eastward Pivot Fading? - L. Todd Wood, Washington Times

Recently, there was a huge uproar in Moscow about the long-term lease of Russian farmland to China on the Siberian border. The old fears of Chinese territorial expansion raised the...

If You Think of Putin, He Has Won - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Is President Vladimir Putin strong or weak? Is Russia a paper tiger or can it roar? This is suddenly a hot topic among Russia experts. It's fun to follow, but it's also depressing,...

The UN Still Can't Stop Civilian Slaughter - David Rohde, The Atlantic

With a wave of his hand on Wednesday morning, Russian United Nations Ambassador Vitaly Churkin sent the U.N. Security Council back in time....

The New Siege of Crimea - Thomas de Waal, The National Interest

Crimea is renowned for a history of enduring two long and brutal sieges of its most famous city, Sevastopol—in the Crimean War (1854-55) and in World War II....

Putin Has Good Reason to Fear Losing Control - Amanda Taub, Vox

This March, Russian President Vladimir Putin canceled a series of public appearances, and the world promptly seemed to lose its collective mind. Everyone from Russians on social me...

Caucasian Jihad - Economist

Islamic State is recruiting volunteers in the Caucasus. Russia may be letting them go....

Will the West Let Ukraine Die? - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

Ukrainian leaders, who see themselves fighting in defense of Western democracy against Putin’s imperialist autocracy, increasingly express bewilderment at their inability to ...

Russia Needs to Focus on ISIS, not Ukraine - N. Antonova, Moscow Times

Mainstream discourse in Russia these days is overwhelmingly dominated by Ukraine. Ukraine this. Ukraine that. Look, a Russian rock star waved a Ukrainian flag on stage — let'...

About Russia

  • Russian Federation
  • Population: 142,008,000 (9th)
  • Area Size: 6,592,800 sq mi (1st)
  • GDP: $1.78 trillion (8th)
  • Currency: Ruble (RUB)
  • Official Language: Russian
  • Capital City: Moscow
  • Largest City: Moscow

Russia Prosperity Rank: 59

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Ukrainian casualties reported befor

Four Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and 15 wounded in fighting with pro-Russian rebels in the...

Israel-British project makes Hebrew

JERUSALEM (AP) — One of the oldest surviving Hebrew manuscripts, a bible dating back more than 1,0...

Russia says security forces kill 14

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) forces killed eight Islamic State militants on Sunday and si...

We want Iran cooperation, not meddl

By David Brunnstrom and Noah Browning DOHA (Reuters) - Iran's nuclear deal should bring stabili...

Ledecky shocked after improving 1,5

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Katie Ledecky touched the wall, turned around, spit out some water, curled he...

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