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WASHINGTON — The Putin policy in Syria is clear enough as the encirclement of rebel-held Aleppo proceeds and tens of thousands more Syrians flee toward the Turkish border. It...(full article)

Rand's report describes the problems that faced the NATO team in its war games. The Baltic countries could be easily surrounded. They have no serious air defenses, no tanks and no ...(full article)

The three Baltics never hesitate to insist that they at great risk, but they spend little on their militaries. Despite recent outlay increases, only Estonia spends more than $200 p...(full article)

“I’ve never seen so much glee from the Russians as during Germany’s refugee crisis,” said a diplomat in Berlin....(full article)

Reminders of Smolensk are constant in Poland. Many relatives of the victims have accepted the findings of the initial inquiry. But others, especially people close to the Kaczyński...(full article)

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Will Turkey, Russia Fan Flames Into an Inferno? - Metin Gurcan, ALM

Moscow, Ankara ramp up their "he said, she said" exchanges with ever-stronger accusations....

The Germans Who Would Accommodate Russia - Economist

THIS week Horst Seehofer, the premier of Bavaria and an unruly ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, ruffled German diplomatic feathers by visiting Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president...

Toward a U.S.-Russia Equilibrium - Henry Kissinger, National Interest

The danger today is less a return to military confrontation than the consolidation of a self-fulfilling prophecy in both countries. The long-term interests of both countries call f...

Why Russian-Turkish Hostility Makes Sense - George Friedman, GF

The charges and counter-charges are less important than the fact that they have become routine....

Russian Banks, Lies, and an Emoji Shrug - Masha Gessen, New York Times

When your president, your bank and your boss keep lying to you, claiming that things are just fine even as you witness your real purchasing power evaporate, they may not be able to...

The Threat to Peace Accelerates - Washington Times

Despite his deteriorating economy, Russia’s Vladimir Putin is taking an increasingly aggressive tone of support for the Assad regime in Syria. He has tried to keep the Damasc...

Russia's Theater of Tyranny - Erin Mundahl, Weekly Standard

Perhaps the point of such ridicule is that it obviates the need for violence. In a January New York Times op-ed, Russia expert Mark Galeotti wrote of a "new world of covert war," o...

U.S. Interests Vulnerable to Russia - Max Boot, Commentary

Except the U.S. can’t do that with army active duty end-strength falling from a wartime high of 570,000 down to 450,000; a number judged barely adequate to meet existing U.S. com...

Panic, Kremlin-Style - William Pomeranz, Reuters

The Russian government really has no good economic options other than hope. This prompted German Gref, Putin’s former minister for economic development who is now head of Sberban...

Oil Dictator Dominoes: Who Will Fall? - Bill Emmott, Project Syndicate

The potential victims are many, with worrying implications for geopolitical stability worldwide. Venezuela has been in financial crisis since long before the oil crunch, and Nigeri...

The War in Ukraine Is Back - Pierre Vaux, Daily Beast

January 26 and 27 saw a multitude of reports from Donetsk residents on social media of intense fighting in the north of the city, where the front line runs alongside the ruins of t...

Watch Out for Russia's Massive Military Overhaul - Steven Pifer, TNI

The Kremlin's forces are in the midst of a historic overhaul....

How Russia Uses Refugees Against Europe - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Eur.

The Kremlin and the Russian media are using Europe's refugee crisis to sow further divisions in the EU and weaken Angela Merkel....

Will Turkey Risk Military Confrontation with Russia? - Semih Idiz, ALM

Worried that the Syrian Kurds will gain an autonomous region along its border with Syria, Ankara has declared a PYD/YPG presence west of the Euphrates to be a red line. But what ca...

Russia Is Winning in Syria - Andrew Roth, Washington Post

Under the banner of fighting international terrorism, President Vladimir Putin has reversed the fortunes of forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which were rapidly los...

VIDEO: Night Wolves, Putin's Motorbiking Militia - Guardian

The Night Wolves are Russia’s largest and most notorious biker gang, fiercely loyal to Vladimir Putin, and say they are motivated by Christianity and patriotism. Their base i...

If Only Russia Could Have Iowa's Democracy - Leonid Bershidsky, BV

Like many at Stilwell Junior High on Monday night, I was a first-time caucus-goer. I saw a genuine democratic process. People cared, argued, despaired and laughed. I found myself h...

John Kerry's Russia Problem - Eli Lake, Bloomberg View

Even as the U.S. punishes President Vladimir Putin's aides and allies, it still pursues Russia's cooperation in the Middle East. The same week Kerry has been urging Russia to help ...

Syria Peace Talks Are a Complete Facade - Richard Spencer, Telegraph

There are two types of peace talks. First there are those, as in 1990s Northern Ireland, which follow a ceasefire, something which indicates that both sides are so exhausted by war...

Is the Ruler of Chechnya Out of Control? - Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker

The more paranoid in Moscow’s opposition circles see Kadyrov as a potential successor to Putin. That’s highly unlikely—preposterous, even—but Kadyrov has ma...

What Happened to Europe's Principled Foreign Policy? - Economist

Europeans are hardly new to Realpolitik (the clue is in the word). There has long been a division of foreign-policy labour within the EU, says Michael Leigh of the German Marshall ...

Shocker: U.S. Knows About Russia's Corruption - L. Bershidsky, B. View

Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, complained Friday about the "active use of the Russian theme and the subject of Putin in the U.S. domestic electoral game." To ...

ICYMI: Putin's Autonomy Doublespeak - Samuel Bendett, RealClearWorld

Despite calling the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 one of the greatest catastrophes of the 20th century, Russian President Vladimir Putin apparently considers the process that...

How to Avoid War With Russia - Andrey Bezrukov et al, National Interest

The year ahead could bring conflict or cooperation in these key areas....

Lights Out for the Putin Regime - Alexander Motyl, Foreign Affairs

Russian President Vladimir Putin used to seem invincible. Today, he and his regime look enervated, confused, and desperate. Increasingly, both Russian and Western commentators sugg...

Rewarding Murder - Kyiv Post

The Alexander Litvinenko inquiry will soon show how much the United Kingdom and the West are wedded to Russian money and investment in Russia over moral principles....

The New Hegemon in the Middle East - L. Todd Wood, RealClearWorld

There's a new sheriff in town in the Middle East - and it's not the United States of America, who just spent trillions of dollars and lost thousands of soldiers in two different wa...

Could Europe's Economic Dependance Be Fatal? - Hans Kundnani, GMF

BERLIN - As Europe struggles to deal with the refugee crisis, it seems like a long time ago that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras threatened to undermine EU sanctions against Ru...

The Consequences of Russian Desperation - George Friedman, Geo. Futures

Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Russian Security Council, said in an interview with Moskovsky Komsomolets that the United States was trying to weaken Russia in order to gain access ...

Iran Is Now a Great Power - Walter Mead & Harry Cohen, American Interest

The most dramatic development in 2015 was that Iran catapulted into the ranks of the great powers, expanding their number to eight. Iran and Saudi Arabia are now engaged in a zero ...

The Kremlin's Western Lawyers - Andrew Foxall, The American Interest

Russia is attempting to survive in a globalized world—but on its own terms. It wants to be simultaneously a part of the West and apart from the West. This has been the Kremlin li...

How Far Will Putin Go? - Japan Times

The world has long known that Russian President Vladimir Putin hankers for a world long gone, one in which Moscow was a superpower and other countries routinely deferred to its pre...

Putin's Autonomy Doublespeak - Samuel Bendett, RealClearWorld

Despite calling the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 one of the greatest catastrophes of the 20th century, Russian President Vladimir Putin apparently considers the process that...

Pipeline Politics Return to Prominence - Max Hess, Registan

Although 2016 is increasingly likely to be a year of low energy prices, at least in the South Caucasus it will also mark a return to energy politics....

Russia Is Bombing Syria's Children - Borzou Daragahi, BuzzFeed News

Moscow claims its airstrikes target ISIS in Syria, but the reality on the ground is that hundreds of children, rebels, aid workers, and civilians have been killed....

Sanctions Against Russia Would Be Pointless - Simon Jenkins, Guardian

Killing one’s enemies abroad is odious, be they in London or Syria. But economic action would only strengthen Putin and hurt the Russian people....

Russia's Gays Go Back in the Closet - Anna Nemstova, The Daily Beast

Even in Putin’s favorite resort, which used to be a safe haven for homosexuals, the most famous gay bar is shutting down....

Could Russia's Next Hit Be in the U.S.? - Nico Hines, Daily Beast

Britain was initially reluctant to hold the public inquiry, but its findings—which link the Kremlin to seven recent assassinations—have now forced the cloak-and-dagger ...

How Russia Sees the World - Vladimir Lukin, National Interest

There is a middle course between nationalist isolation and globalist impulses....

In Russia, Revenge Is Just a Detail - Julia Ioffe, New York Times Magazine

In today’s climate of mutual fear and loathing, no new event or report is ever actually new. Each only confirms one side’s narrative about the other, deepening the gloo...

The Top 10 Victims of the Export Crisis - G. Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

China: With an economy built on manufactured exports, China is reeling from the consequences of decreasing demand and increasing costs of production. The government is struggling t...

Repression or Reform? Putin's Decision - L. Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

With oil priced at less than $30 per barrel, the ruble down 10 percent so far this month and no coherent government plan for dealing with Russia's deepening economic crisis, Presid...

Russia's Regime Will Modernize or Collapse - N. Petrov, Moscow Times

Over the last two years, President Vladimir Putin has confirmed his legitimacy through the use of extraordinary measures — war and the mobilization of public opinion. But tha...

The Litvinenko Case Exposes Corbyn - Robert Colvile, Politico EU

As Rachel Sylvester pointed out in an excellent column in the Times this week, the hard Left’s admiration for Russia survived the end of the Cold War undented. And it isn&rsq...

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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BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands of Syrians fle...

U.N. fears for hundreds of thousand

By Stephanie Nebehay and Suleiman Al-Khalidi GENEVA/AMMAN (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of civil...

Chechen strongman claims Russian sp

Pro-Kremlin Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has claimed spies from his region of Russia are being sent...

Kremlin rebukes Merkel over Syria c

The Kremlin on Tuesday issued a rare rebuke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel a day after she criti...

UN urges Turkey to open border; war

KILIS, Turkey (AP) — Turkey must open its doors to the thousands of Syrians who have massed at the...

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