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Vladimir's Hipsters

Alec Luhn, Foreign Policy

Eastern Europe Is Siding with Putin

Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

Russia and China's anti-U.S. Axis

Daniel McGroarty, RealClearWorld

Will Putin Become a New Stalin?

Ivan Sukhov, Moscow Times

This is Set, or Network, in English: an organization that's something of a cross between the Komsomol - the Soviet organization that once groomed youth to join the Communist Party ...(full article)

To grasp how Vladi­mir Putin is progressing in his campaign to overturn the post-Cold War order in Europe, it’s worth looking beyond eastern Ukraine, where the Kremlin is...(full article)

Beyond the arc of the ebola epidemic, and outside the parameters of the fight against the Islamic State, a far more fundamental change to the world order is taking place. It's the ...(full article)

Vulgar chants about Vladimir Putin before he arrived for a regional summit in Belarus did not augur well for the Russian president's hopes of bringing the leaders of former Soviet ...(full article)

Putin should understand the costs of Stalinism and the striking differences between present-day Russia and Stalin's Soviet Union far better than those Russians who place a portrait...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Time to Stop Russia's Nuclear Buildup - James Inhofe, Foreign Policy

The stationing of new nuclear forces on the Crimean peninsula, Ukrainian territory Russia annexed in March, is both a new and menacing threat to the security of Europe and also a c...

Russia Won't Let Ukraine Have Peace - Kyiv Post

With each passing day, it becomes clearer that Russia has not stopped its war against Ukraine and has no intention of doing so. The estimates are that an average of 10 people per d...

The Fear of Greater Chaos - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Uust because autocracy has failed does not mean that democracy can work. And just because the tumultuous, dramatic weakening of central control in big states has not happened yet d...

The Complex Russia-Iran Relationship - Maxim Suchkov, Al Monitor

Despite the common perception of Russia as Iran's main backer outside the region, the two big regional players’ relations are shaped by long-term interests that can clash wit...

Russian Fashion: Wearing Photos of Putin - Karoun Demirjian, WP

MOSCOW — As diplomatic tensions singe Russia’s relationship with the West, patriotism is making a new fashion statement in Moscow....

Russia, West Face Common Threat - Karasik & Galustian, Moscow Times

Washington and Russia need to stop their dangerous games in bankrupted Ukraine because the Islamic State and its affiliates are a much larger threat, especially considering that th...

Russian Sanctions Could Hurt Both Sides - Igor Yurgens, The National Interest

Russia’s relations with the West entered a new and less-than-happy chapter earlier this year. U.S. and European economic sanctions are the defining and consistent feature of ...

Donetsk Airport Up For Grabs - Charles Recknagel, Radio Free Europe

Pro-Russian separatists and Kyiv's forces are observing a cease-fire in many parts of eastern Ukraine. Yet, around Donetsk airport, there is not even the pretense of honoring the t...

The Coming Beijing-Moscow-Berlin Alliance - Pepe Escobar, TomDispatch

No matter how often Washington remixes its Global War on Terror, the tectonic plates of Eurasian geopolitics continue to shift, and they're not going to stop just because American ...

Russia Doesn't Deserve an End to Sanctions - Washington Post

A month after a cease-fire was declared in eastern Ukraine, the fighting continues: 75 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have died since Sept. 5, the government says. Russian-backed...

Rebels Seize Russian-Syrian Spy Base - Rogin & Lake, The Daily Beast

Syrian rebels have overtaken a joint Russian-Syrian secret facility that they claim was a covert intelligence collection base. Opposition fighters say the post was used to snoop ...

Europe's Nightmare Could Still Come True - Dmitri Trenin, TNI

The Donetsk airport and the city of Donetsk itself have seen some heavy fighting, with many civilian casualties. The parties of war on both sides of the front line have not given...

How to Avoid a New Cold War - S. Charap & J. Shapiro, Brookings Institution

A serious response should be grounded in a broader strategy that reflects the stakes in this critical relationship for regional stability and global order, as well as an understand...

The Generation that Lost the Peace - Walter R. Mead, The American Interest

People like to blame their current statesmen when the world takes a nasty turn. But this global meltdown has its roots with the generation of leaders at the helm in the wake of the...

Anything Goes in Putin's Russia - Steve Rosenberg, BBC

These are difficult times in Russia. The rouble is falling, inflation is rising, and capital is fleeing. There are fears of recession. But not everyone here is required to tighten ...

A New Cycle in Russia's History Begins - Fyodor Lukyanov, Moscow Times

Following the end of the Cold War, Russia's dialogue with the West as a whole, but especially with Europe, was based on the assumption that Russia would eventually become part of a...

Putin's Game Plan to Victory - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

In a rare moment of clarity, President Barack Obama declared that “Russia is responsible for the violence in east Ukraine. The violence is encouraged by Russia. The separatis...

East Germany Explains Putin's Fear of Protests - Mary Sarotte, Guardian

The events of 4-5 October 1989 may very well have helped to shape Putin’s operational code. His swift and aggressive responses both to the popular uprising in Kiev earlier th...

Both Sides Think They Can Win a New Cold War - John Allen Gay, TNI

Mutual miscalculation is one of the most dangerous errors in foreign policy. Deliberately escalating a crisis does, after all, sometimes work: when you’re better able to en...

Russia, Iran Lock NATO Out of Caspian - Jacopo Dettoni, Diplomat

Iran and Russia have built unanimous consensus among the Caspian states, which also feature Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, over the inadmissibility of a foreign militar...

To Russia with Love - Sylvie Kauffmann, New York Times

When Sergei Naryshkin, the president of the Duma, the Russian Parliament’s lower house, came to Paris on Sept. 1, he had no problem meeting with French businessmen and legislator...

A Battle Plan for NATO's New Leader - Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

At NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian prime minister, will take over as the new secretary general on October 1. He enters the job at a time when many deem NATO's hard-power...

Putin the Only Choice for Russians - Maxim Trudolyubov, Gulf News

Watching Russia’s worrying trajectory under President Vladimir Putin, many foreign observers ask how a leader who is so apparently driving his country towards the abyss can r...

Russia Is on a Road to Nowhere - Vladislav Inozemtsev, Moscow Times

Russia will turn once again to the West — as it has turned many times in the past — in search of investment, technology and innovation. At that point, both sides will n...

A City in Ukraine's East Rids Itself of Lenin - Michael Birnbaum, WaPo

Separatist rebels never seized government buildings in Kharkiv. But analysts saw it as among the most vulnerable cities in the east if the rebellion were to spread. Pro-Russian and...

ISIS Is Putin's Problem, Too - Anna Nemtsova, The Daily Beast

Abu Omar also is a figure whose history on the battlefield extends into the rebellious Russian province of neighboring Chechnya, where his mother had her roots. And even as he pl...

The Dangers of Opposing Putin in Crimea - Ragozin & Seddon, BuzzFeed

Deported once under Stalin, Crimea’s Tatars face a similar fate under Vladimir Putin....

A New Authoritarianism Is Growing - Joel Kotkin, Orange County Register

Increasingly, authoritarian regimes are rising around the world, led by a pesky, resource-rich Russia and a new full-blown superpower, China. Today, few regimes are becoming more d...

The Russian Mirror Has Broken - Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, ECFR

Over the last decade, democratic Europe constructed an image of Russia as a country undergoing a process of political, economic, and social modernisation that was so intense as to ...

Ukraine Should not Join NATO - Bloomberg

Just one day after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared the worst of the war in the country's east to be over, the government in Kiev appears to be doing its level best to...

The U.S. Should Deny Kiev's Request for Lethal Aid - The Californian

A ceasefire is in place – more or less – in Ukraine between the central authorities and the separatists, who hold the major eastern cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. If th...

Grave New World - Javier Solana, Project Syndicate

In a multipolar world, actors with widely divergent worldviews must work together to advance their shared interest in security, stability, and prosperity. It is time for all of the...

Moldova Struggles to Escape Russian Gas - Victoria Puiu, EurasiaNet

While the cease-fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian and Russian fighters holds steady, another fight is poised to begin over Russian gas for Ukraine. And, this time, it’s a ...

The World Order China Would Have - The Economist

To note the potential conflicts among the different multilateral organisations China is promoting may be to miss the point. America’s leading role in Asia is based on a numbe...

And Yet the West Remains Strong - Jan Techau, Carnegie

Is this a time of Western weakness? Many are convinced it is. In his latest book World Order, former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger gives a bleak outlook on the West's abi...

How to Profit in Putin's Russia - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Toxic as Russia's investment climate may have become, it's still possible to make a bit of money in the country's stock market -- if you're good at guessing what President Vladim...

Russia's Frozen Conflicts Foster Corruption - K. Dawisha, Moscow Times

Eastern Ukraine is shaping up to be another frozen conflict, rather than be annexed like Crimea. And, as the experience of other Russian-sponsored statelets shows, it can expect a ...

Moscow's Depressing Anti-War Protest - Joshua Keating, Slate

It was abundantly and depressingly clear from talking to both sides of the crowd that there’s a divide not between political ideologies or geopolitical positions but between ...

Obama Is Showing Weakness on Ukraine - W.R. Mead, American Interest

On a visit to Washington, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke before a joint session of Congress, asking the United States to stand with Ukraine against Russian aggression....

Putin Has Mushrooms on His Mind - Nina Vazhdaeva, Worldcrunch

One effect of Russia's embargo on Western food products is the disappearance of imported Polish mushrooms. It provides a microcosm of economic warfare around a Russian culinary tra...

Don't Buy Your Aircraft Carrier from Russia - Kyle Mizokami, WIB

Like a lot of countries, India wants the best weapons it can afford. But ideological and financial concerns mean there are a lot of things it won’t buy from the United States...

The Long Game in Eastern Europe - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Two weeks ago commentators were hyperventilating about a return to the 1930s in Europe, following a Russian invasion-of-sorts into eastern Ukraine. Then President Barack Obama anno...

Ukraine: The End of EU's Foreign Policy Illusions - Jan Techau, Carnegie

No matter where you stand on the Ukraine crisis, one momentous shift in European geopolitics is indisputable: the European Union, for the first time in its history, has made itself...

We're Losing Arms Race to Russia, China - David Francis, Fiscal Times

The United States still has the largest defense budget in the world, some three times more than China’s and over $500 billion more than Russia’s – and it will have the lar...

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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