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Moscow's Marauders on the High Seas

Kyle Mizokami, National Interest

China Is a Big New Player in the Caucasus

Michael Cecire, The Diplomat

L. Todd Wood, Wash Times

The Russian Navy's 5 Most Deadly Weapons of War...(full article)

Somehow the West needs to find a way to recognize this Russian contribution while at the same time confronting the nationalistic behavior it breeds. We cannot move forward toward p...(full article)

There is perhaps no less comfortable place for a struggling democracy than the blurry space between the hardening frontiers of the liberal democratic West and an increasingly expan...(full article)

A few weeks ago, I directed Harvard Extension School’s “Crisis Game,” in which students had to play out a hypothetical Cold War crisis involving nuclear...(full article)

Somehow the West needs to find a way to recognize this Russian contribution while at the same time confronting the nationalistic behavior it breeds. We cannot move forward toward p...(full article)

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The US Needs to Expose Putin's Corruption - J. Walters, American Interest

Despite the hopes of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Russia has returned as a security threat to its neighbors, to the Unites States, and to our allies. No one believes...

Moscow Playing Second Fiddle to Beijing - Mark Galeotti, Moscow Times

U.S. President Barack Obama has talked a great deal about a pivot to Asia, but recent news make it look on the surface as if it is Russian President Vladimir Putin who is actually ...

How Russians Really See the United States - Max Fisher, Vox

"It is in the genes. America has a simple ideology – that there is only one truth in the world, that truth is held by God, and God created the United States to be an embodime...

The Russian Economy Stumbles Back to Its Feet - Andy Tully, Oil Price

The Bank of Russia has cut interest rates for the third time so far this year, reinforcing forecasts by some government ministers that the country’s economic woes are beginni...

Meet Putin's Boy Scout Army - Matthew Luxmoore, Foreign Policy

MOSCOW — In a crumbling residential courtyard in north Moscow, within earshot of the buzzing Yaroslavskoye highway that leads out of the city, a group of camouflage-clad teenager...

Beware of Russians Bearing Gifts - Adam White, Weekly Standard

The new reports seem to vindicate the senators’ concerns, but they do more than that. They vindicate the deep concerns voiced by the Constitution’s Framers about the need to pr...

Sorry, Russia, But Armenia Loves You Not - Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

Russia may be sucking Armenia into its economic vortex, but young Armenians are looking to the West for their education, their music, and their freedom....

Why Is China's Navy in the Mediterranean? - N. Feldman, Bloomberg View

Why is China announcing joint naval exercises with Russia in the Mediterranean, so far from home? There’s a global answer connected to the new cool war and China’s inte...

Will Russia's Hybrid War Defeat Europe? - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Hybrid warfare is a very particular mode of acting—comprehensively, and against everything the EU stands for. So I would like to turn this question around and reply: comprehe...

Crimean Students: 'Russia Is Our Motherland' - P. Hobson, Moscow Times

YALTA, Crimea — "Who do you think is responsible for the war in eastern Ukraine?" asked Masha, a 17-year old student at School No. 12 in Yalta, Crimea. I paused. "Russia." ...

Why Did Kim Jong Un Cancel His Russia Trip? - Joshua Keating, Slate

The Russian government announced Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has canceled a planned trip to Moscow to attend a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the end of...

Putin Needs Neither War Nor Peace - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Russia's toxicity for investors is suddenly so 2014. Western money is returning to Moscow's equity and bond markets, and private Russian companies are again able to borrow, albeit ...

Crimea Has Awakened Russia's Sleeping Demons - Moscow Times

One year and one month have passed since both chambers of the Federal Assembly gave President Vladimir Putin a standing ovation when he announced that Crimea was once again part of...

Rethinking America's Nuclear Surrender - Eric McFarland, WSJ

President Dwight Eisenhower’s Cold War “Atoms for Peace” campaign notwithstanding, there has never been any real attempt to allow competitive, innovative, private...

Ukraine and Russia Could Help Decide Next U.S Pres - Kyiv Post

Ukraine and Russia could end up playing starring roles in deciding who will be the next president of the United States. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party front-runner and forme...

Russia, China, and the Strength of Revisionism - Thomas Wright, TNI

It was relatively easy to oppose a return to spheres of influence when no other major power was actively trying to reconstitute it....

The Cost of Building a Russian Patriot - Anastasia Yakoreva, Kommersant

MOSCOW - This month, a new topic for discussion appeared on the regulation.gov.ru website: it was about plans for "patriotism education" beginning in 2016. The authors of the plan,...

Russia Knows Obama Is All Talk - L. Todd Wood, Washington Times

The quote on the wall for 2016 presidential hopefuls should be, “It’s our national security, stupid.” You wouldn’t get that feeling if you watched President Obama’s State...

A Looming U.S.-Russia Nuclear Arms Race - Artem Kureev, Russia Direct

As the U.S. continues to accuse the Kremlin of violating the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a new arms race between Moscow and Washington looms on the horizon...

An Unlikely Winner in the Ukraine-Gazprom Row - Stakhovsky, Oil Price

With the help of Ukrainian tycoon Dmitry Firtash, Turkmenistan,that unsung gas giant that boasts the world’s fourth largest reserves, could very be the clincher in securing U...

Europe's Shattered Dream of Order - Ivan Krastev, Foreign Affairs

How Putin Is Disrupting the 
Atlantic Alliance...

Lenin's Legacy Lives - Robert Person, Moscow Times

Today marks the 145th anniversary of Vladimir Lenin's birth. In an era that has witnessed the resurrection and rehabilitation of many Soviet symbols, it is worth devoting a moment ...

Russia's Growing Army of Censors - Andrei Sinitsyn, Moscow Times

Last Wednesday, the day before it was to begin appearing in Russian movie theaters, the authorities canceled screenings of the Hollywood film "Child 44" about a Soviet intelligence...

Russian Jews Should Heed History's Lessons - Alexei Bayer, J-Post

True, there is no state anti-Semitism in Russia. A wealthy Russian Jew I recently spoke to in Tel Aviv, who still has many business interests in Russia, pooh-poohed my concerns: Pr...

Germany's Sympathy for Russians - Markus Ziener, German Marshall Fund

BERLIN - The deployment of Pershing II missiles in the early 1980s by NATO to counter Soviet SS-20s led to widespread fears in Germany that the Cold War would escalate. Hundreds of...

The U.S. and Russia: Stumbling to War - Allison & Simes, National Interest

Could a U.S. response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine provoke a confrontation that leads to a U.S.-Russian war?...

A Neglected Siberia Is Burning - Aric Toler, Global Voices

Massive wildfires are burning across Siberia, most notably in the regions of Khakassia, where 23 have perished, and the Zabaikal region further east. It's been almost five years su...

Putin Aims to Create a New Empire - L. Todd Wood, Washington Times

From the beginning of Vladimir Putin’s reign, the West has been slow to recognize or admit the Russian president’s long-term intentions. Western leaders have underestim...

The Kremlin Overdoses on Aggression - Economist

Russia’s president is trapped by his own strident anti-Western rhetoric....

In Exile, Ready to Save Russia - Ilya Ponomarev, New York Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Early in the morning on Monday last week, a phone call woke me. It was a friend from Washington, a political consultant who follows Russia closely: “There’...

What the Ruble's Rebound Means - Jamila Trindle, Foreign Policy

Russia’s currency has strengthened more than any other this year. What does that mean for the West’s plan to pressure Moscow out of Ukraine?...

Russia's Most Daring Theater Company - Lucy Ash, BBC

A fearless Russian drama company has risen from the dead after being evicted from its premises in Moscow this winter. The eviction seemed at first to be a political death sentence,...

Where Does Hillary Stand on China, Russia? - Steve Clemons, Atlantic

It's unclear how she would manage two of America's most important and complex relationships....

Putin's Missiles Bolster Case for Iran Nuke Deal - Fred Kaplan, Slate

Russia’s offer to sell advanced air-defense missiles to Iran is regrettable and craven, but far from undermining the nuclear talks with Iran, as some Republican sen...

Explaining Russia's Missile Move With Iran - Dmitri Trenin, TNI

President Putin’s decision to lift the ban on the transfer of the S-300 air defense system to Iran signals a new departure for Moscow’s policy in the Middle East. Comin...

Stalin Rises From the Ashes in Putin's Russia - D. Hoffman, Moscow Times

A Levada Center poll published last month shows that a growing number of Russian citizens regard former Soviet leader Josef Stalin in a positive light. Forty-five percent of respon...

Putin's Dangerous Misreading of History - Lucian Kim, Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin stands smiling between George W. Bush and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder as the U.S. president reaches out to shake hands with Japanese Prime ...

EU Leaders Snub Moscow WWII Commemorations - C. Neef, Spiegel

On May 9, Russia is holding an enormous military parade to commemorate the end of World War II 70 years ago. With tensions between Russia and the West high...

The Danger of Russia's Decline - Joseph Nye, Project Syndicate

As Europe debates whether to maintain its sanctions regime against Russia, the Kremlin’s policy of aggression toward Ukraine continues unabated. Russia is in long-term declin...

Nordic Pact Spooks Russia - Andrew Rettman, EU Observer

The Kremlin has complained that a new Nordic defence pact is “directed against Russia” and amounts to a “confrontational approach” on the Ukraine crisis....

No Russian Gifts for Greece - Economist

IT HAS been five years since a Greek prime minister last visited Moscow in search of a handout. On that occasion, Dmitry Medvedev, then Russia’s president, bluntly told Georg...

Athens Toes the EU-Russia Line - George Tzogopoulos, ECFR

Along with its economic policies, the new Greek government’s foreign policies are also attracting attention. The alleged rapprochement between Greece and Russia has caused al...

Russia's Next Target: Moldova - Wall Street Journal

A military drill in another breakaway region—this time in Moldova....

Obama to Putin: Stop Hacking Me - Shane Harris, Daily Beast

The U.S. is calling out Russia for a ‘dramatic rise’ in cyber espionage against America. It’s part of a veiled threat to the Kremlin: We know what you’re do...

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

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