Russia

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Russia Won't Suffer a Soviet Fate

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Russia's Brave New Crisis

Maxim Trudolyubov, Moscow Times

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Is a Slow Putsch Against Putin Underway?

Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

Putin has demonstrated he can be pragmatic, and his response to the crisis, while flawed in many ways, should help Russia weather this storm....(full article)

Hamas is seeking to improve its international relations by reinforcing some ties and mending others following a period of relative isolation....(full article)

The current crisis is unlike those of 1998 and 2008 that most of us remember. It is both longer and very different than the others, and it does not help that both the Russian peopl...(full article)

Putin has demonstrated he can be pragmatic, and his response to the crisis, while flawed in many ways, should help Russia weather this storm....(full article)

Putin’s failures are becoming more evident on a daily basis. No one denies that Russia is a kleptocratic state whose leaders have stolen much of the national wealth. But Russ...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Russia Gains Nothing from Hard-Line on Islands - Asahi Shimbun

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited Etorofu, an island in the disputed Northern Territories off Hokkaido, on Aug. 22. Medvedev stated that Russia had no intention of mak...

Pyongyang & the Kremlin Have Plenty in Common - Golts, Moscow Times

This non-Western value system makes both Moscow and Pyongyang entirely unpredictable. How, in fact, can the world predict the actions of leaders who think nothing of sacrificing no...

While Obama Dithers, Putin Presses On - Max Boot, Commentary

What all of this suggests is that Putin has not, to put it mildly, been persuaded to take a kinder, gentler approach to governance since the imposition of Western sanctions. Instea...

Russia and the Cold War Warriors - James Nixey, Chatham House

Those who warn of a resurgent Russia are often accused of ignoring the fact that the Cold War is over. But it is those who still believe that Moscow is entitled to influence over p...

Are China, Russia Teaming Up With Iran? - M.K. Bhadrakumar, Asia Times

From all accounts, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had a highly successful visit to Moscow on Monday. The single biggest outcome of his talks with his Russian counter...

Putin Vs. Parmesan - New York Times

In the Soviet era, the political joke was the first line of defense against the machinery of repression. The jokes are cropping up again, many over Vladimir Putin’s zany crac...

West Must Be Wary of Ukraine's Leaders - N. Kaufmann, Moscow Times

The maxim, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" was first outlined in the 4th century A.D. by Kautilya, India's Machiavelli, in his highly influential work, "Arthashastra." Althoug...

Putin Destroys Tons of Food. What's Next? - Alexander Motyl, World Affairs

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s wanton destruction of hundreds of tons of Western food products has provoked a storm of criticism. The outrage is justified, but, no less i...

A Russian Economy Invested in Crisis - Dan McGroarty, RealClearWorld

When it comes to exploitable crises, why wait? In Moscow, real men make their own crises. And there is no man more real than Russian President Vladimir Putin....

How Russia Hides Its Dead - Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

As fighting flares with no end in sight, Kiev makes its casualties public, while Russian military deaths in ‘peacetime’ are officially a state secret....

It's All Over For the BRICS Countries - Chris Blackhurst, The Independent

In the past 13 months, almost $1trn has left those "emerging markets", as they’re also called. That’s twice the amount that decamped during the global financial crisis....

Russia's Army of Online 'Trolls' - Aliya Sternstein, National Journal

When Facebook posts and tweets blamed Ukrainian rebels for downing a Malaysian jet there last year, U.S. spies studied social media trend lines to gauge public opinion of the Kiev-...

West Needs to Up the Ante in Infowar - Peter Pomerantsev, Moscow Times

The West is finally coming to a belated comprehension of the power of the Kremlin media machine. The Soviet Union is no more, but the Kremlin holds a media hegemony over 142 millio...

Putin Reaches Out to Africa - Eugene Steinberg, Council on Foreign Relations

Russia’s outreach goes further than financial and military bonds. Russian leaders visiting Africa capitalize on a narrative that emphasizes their historical support for Afric...

The Secret Plot to Destroy Russia - Kirk Bennett, The American Interest

If America really wanted to destroy Russia, it could do no better than tell it to keep doing exactly what it’s doing....

Is War in Space Closer Than We Think? - Lee Billings, Scientific American

China, Russia and the U.S. are developing and testing controversial new capabilities to wage war in space despite their denial of such work....

Managing Putin's Strategic Incompetence - J. Rovner, War on the Rocks

The United States should let Russia continue to engage in self-defeating behavior without acting in ways that raise the specter of nuclear escalation....

Eastern Ukraine Is Set to Blow - L. Todd Wood, Washington Times

Minsk cease-fire mask is off...

American Troops in Ukraine Rattle Putin - Anna Nemtsova, Dly Beast

The Kremlin is worried about not just what the American troops are teaching the Ukrainians, but what they may be learning from them and the Donbas battlefield....

Russia Feels Under Attack From the West - Jonathan Power, Moscow Times

Despite the current tension, the U.S. and Russia remain close. There is cooperation in space, not least the International Space Station. The U.S. regularly hires Russian rockets to...

Russia's Offensive Defense - Marc Champion, Bloomberg View

What were Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization up to when they conducted large-scale military exercises over the past year? A report published Wednesday ignores bland ...

Putin's First Lie - Inna Denisova & Robert Coalson, RFERL

ifteen years after the dramatic sinking of the Kursk nuclear submarine with the loss 118 lives in August 2000, lawyer Boris Kuznetsov sees the tragedy as a turning point for modern...

Russia's Troubling Relationship With Food - Masha Gessen, New Yorker

A hundred and fourteen tons of pork were annihilated in the Russian city of Samara, on the Volga River. The pork, which had been imported using Brazilian documents, was revealed to...

Russia Has an Alcohol Problem - Peter Orszag, Bloomberg View

Russian President Vladimir Putin may be undermining global peace and civic rights, but he's doing this much well: extending his compatriots' lives. In 2013, Russian life expectancy...

Russian Economy Plunges 4.6% - Anna Andrianova, Bloomberg

Russia’s economy shrank the most since 2009 after a currency crisis jolted consumer demand, while a selloff in oil threatens to drag the country into a deeper recession....

The West's Uneasy Standoff With Putin - Bridget Kendall, BBC

This is the deeper issue behind the current crisis, which drives policy in Moscow. It is also a fundamental question about Russia's identity and culture which drives a fault line t...

Ukrainians Deserve Our Help - Jon Basil Utley, American Conservative

America should help the Ukrainians: defensive weapons, especially against tanks and artillery, should be on the table. First, however, Washington should reach out to Putin with dip...

Vladimir Putin, Failed Spy - Jim Hoagland, Washington Post

The ex-KGB officer seated in front of me raised his hand to interrupt my brief monologue on Vladimir Putin’s “hybrid” war in Ukraine. It was clearly the work of s...

Russia Slides Back to the Middle Ages - Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia has been sliding back toward the Middle Ages....

Russia's Regions Are Running Out of Money - Stratfor

Many of Russia's regional governments will default unless the Kremlin steps in....

Will Russia Ban Foreign Condoms Next? - Dan Peleschuk, Global Post

First it was global “gay propaganda.” Then it was foreign food. And lately it’s been allegedly subversive NGOs. Could condoms become the latest Western import to ...

America's Special Relationships Need a Reboot - David Rothkopf, FP

The next president urgently needs to consider how to revitalize U.S. alliances worldwide....

China Vs. Russia: Asia's Other Great Game - Michael Auslin, Commentator

Asia watchers have spent years divining the growing competition between the U.S. and China in East Asia, seen by some as a new version of the 19th century Great Game -- the Central...

Who's Afraid of NATO Enlargement? - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine is forcing NATO to rethink the strategic benefits of further alliance enlargement....

Will Russia's Brain Drain Dry Up? - Georgy Bovt, Moscow Times

Russia is locked in a confrontation with the West, and all those who work or study there are increasingly viewed as deserters or betrayers. On the other hand, the ruling regime has...

The West's Failure of Imagination - Christopher Walker, Wall Street Journal

The democratic world won the Cold War but has underestimated the tenacity of the new threats to freedom....

Russians Are Less Religious Now Than in 1990 - Economist

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...

The Growing Paranoia of Russian Society - Andrei Malgin, Moscow Times

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

Russia Won't Be Rushed by the West - Pyotr Romanov, Moscow Times

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

Gazprom Puts the Squeeze on Turkmenistan - Martin Vladimirov, Oil Price

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...

Are Russia and US Negotiating Ukraine Endgame? - B. Whitmore, Atlantic

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...

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 ...

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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