Russia

Российская Федерация

Ukraine Should Fight Like the Taliban

Andrew Peek, Fiscal Times

The Frightening Face of Russia's Future

Owen Matthews, The Spectator

Europe on the Brink of the Unthinkable

Kelly McParland, National Post

Let Russia Have Eastern Ukraine

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week

At the most fundamental level, NATO must help Russia’s neighbors adapt to the fact that they are militarily weak and dwarfed by Russia’s might. Thus they need to be abl...(full article)

Ultra-nationalists like the bizarre Igor Strelkov are the force that Putin feels most need to bend to....(full article)

Vladimir Putin is isolating Russia by bullying Ukraine and dragging his country into a ruinous, long-term confrontation with far superior military and economic powers....(full article)

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is proving far more reckless than previously imagined in his determination to have his way in Ukraine, exhibiting a level of cynicism and co...(full article)

The West should come to an agreement with Russia whereby Ukraine will be split in two, with the Russian-speaking areas annexed to Russia (as they should always have been). So that ...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Erase the Line Between Old and New NATO - Michal Baranowski, GMF

It is time to call a spade a spade. By annexing Crimea, supplying separatists with weapons and personnel, and now directly intervening in Ukraine, Russia has broken the rules-based...

Putin's Implausible Deniability - The Guardian

Lies and deception have characterised Russia’s intervention in Ukraine but the new incursions are less deniable....

Resource Wars: Coming to a Border Near You? - Dan McGroarty, RCW

The coming resource wars will not be a Malthusian fight for finite resources, where the Cassandras of peak oil give way to fear-mongering about "peak everything." Technology itself...

Mr. Putin Tests the West in Ukraine - New York Times

The evidence has been mounting for some time, but there is no longer any doubt: Russian troops are in Ukraine, not as volunteers, as the rebel commander in Donetsk would have the w...

Is the U.S. Enabling Putin's Invasion? - Christopher Dickey, The Daily Beast

When is an invasion not an invasion? When the Russian president says so and the West just accepts him at his word....

Putin's Failures in Ukraine - National Review

There was a small clue that indicated something unusual was happening in the Kremlin to which too few observers paid attention. Ten days ago Russian president Vladimir Putin gave a...

The World Will Watch This NATO Summit - Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

What a difference half a year makes. In early 2014, NATO was preparing for a not-too-exciting summit in Wales on September 4-5, dutifully filling the agenda with issues such as thi...

Should We Prepare for War with Russia? - Anne Applebaum, Slate

Over and over again—throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels—I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: The children playing in t...

Arm Ukraine - Marc Champion, Bloomberg View

Should the North Atlantic Treaty Organization start arming Ukraine? That's an inevitable question following the entry of regular Russian troops, tanks and artillery into the figh...

Check Your Machine, the 80s Are Calling - Tom Rogan, Nat'l Review

The world isn’t static, and newly evolving threats loom.. Yet sometimes those threats seem to be calling from the past, too, and they demand solutions....

Sanctions Are West's Biggest Mistake - Angus Roxburgh, Guardian

Western leaders divide along a spectrum from all-out confrontation (marked by total distrust of Putin) to cautious engagement. Those who see Putin as the only cause of the proble...

Can Germany Save Ukraine? - Dmitri Trenin, The National Interest

Putin and Poroshenko's recent meeting in Minsk opened the door for dialogue. Can Merkel keep it open?...

Putin's Cherished Deniability Is Shattered - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

For Russian President Vladimir Putin, the ability to deny Russia's involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine has always been of utmost importance. The Kremlin has stressed tha...

The Eternal Collapse of Russia - Paul Starobin, The National Interest

RUSSIA, IT IS often said, is a country that is barely able to stumble out of bed and put on matching socks in the morning. In the lead-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi and contin...

What Does Putin Want? Nobody Knows - Alexander Motyl, World Affairs

So now the number of dead Ukrainian soldiers is 722. The number of wounded is 2,625. The Ukrainian army keeps on making slow but steady advances; the pro-Russian terrorists appear ...

Endgame for Putin in Ukraine? - Robert Skidelsky, Project Syndicate

The Russian public’s natural reaction will be to rally to their leader. But support for Putin, though broad, may not be deep. It is support before, not after, the debate abou...

Putin's Game in Ukraine - Globe and Mail

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Minsk with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The two held talks ostensibly aimed at bringing an end to a war that, according...

Putin's Gone Too Far to Back Down Now - Charles Crawford, Daily Telegraph

Moscow’s policy towards Ukraine in the past year has been a disaster in its own terms, giving Ukrainian identity and self-respect a boost as never seen before. Mr Putin is co...

How NATO Could Confront the Putin Doctrine - D. Francis, Foreign Policy

The Putin doctrine -- the belief that Russia has the right to act to protect Russian-speakers, no matter where they are -- puts NATO nations such as Estonia, Latvia, and Poland at ...

Putin Is Key to Avoiding a New Cold War - David Owen, The Guardian

The presidential summit in Minsk offers hope of a deal over Ukraine. But the Russian leader will not accept humiliation....

Events Stoke Debate over Obama's Worldview - Zachary Goldfarb, WaPo

The week began with the breaking of the siege of Mount Sinjar in Iraq, thanks to U.S. bombing runs, and ended with the public beheading of American journalist James Foley in Syria ...

Russia Is Already Invading Ukraine - David Frum, The Atlantic

On the same day as the convoy’s theatrical but seemingly pointless mission, NATO officials publicly charged that “Russian artillery support—both cross-border and from withi...

What a Russia-Ukraine Deal Could Look Like - Patrick Smith, Fiscal Times

All eyes will focus this week on Minsk where Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko. After coming close to armed confrontation ov...

Russia's Great-Power Ukraine Strategy - Mark Kramer, National Interest

The ongoing crisis between Russia and Ukraine has attracted extensive news coverage and political commentary in the United States. Reading the commentary, one often gets the impr...

Revitalized NATO Could Be Obama's Legacy - Anne Applebaum, Wash Post

In two years, President Obama could reconceive, renegotiate and rewrite a new North Atlantic Treaty, or at least restructure NATO so that it functions like a living organism and no...

When Sanctions Lead to War - Paul Saunders, New York Times

As Ukraine battles separatists and Russia appears poised to invade, many historians and scholars are warning of ominous similarities to the outbreak of World War I in 1914. But the...

How WWII Could Have Ended - Gregory Clark, Japan Times

August 15, 1945, is the much-remembered date of Japan’s surrender in World War II. But that date could have been much later. On a recent visit to Australia, I discovered an a...

Russia's 'Humanitarian' Invasion Rolls In - Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement on Friday that said the trucks moved because “the endless delays hampering the initial deliveries of the Russian hu...

Merkel Takes Charge of Pacifying Ukraine - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

As keeps happening, German Chancellor Angela Merkel finds herself in a leading role on the global stage -- this time in resolving the Ukraine crisis. Of all the world leaders, sh...

Putin's Public Opinion Problem - Thomas Sherlock, The National Interest

Russian public opinion is far more likely in the near term to shape the behavior of the Kremlin than the new, tough sanctions against Russia—but not in ways that most would e...

Make Russia an Offer on Ukraine It Can't Refuse - Oliker & Crane, GPS

Ukraine is burning. Ongoing fighting between government forces and insurgents in eastern Ukraine have left more than 2,000 Ukrainian civilians dead and some 300,000 displaced, acco...

NATO Expansion: Genius or Historic Mistake? - Eugene Rumer, TNI

Two decades after the debate about NATO enlargement pitted “NATO-firsters” against “Russia-firsters,” both sides have had reasons to say, “I told you so.” And they di...

Hollywood Says Thanks but No Thanks to Russia - Simon Shuster, Time

Western celebrities were once willing to make public appearances in Russia. With few exceptions, the stars have stopped coming....

Hurt Putin, Hurt Yourself? - Vauhini Vara, The New Yorker

Few would argue that sanctions are supposed to be a profit-making enterprise: their goals tend to be political, not economic. By imposing sanctions on Russia, European leaders hope...

Russia Is Trapped in 1991 - Georgy Bovt, Moscow Times

Today's Russia faces essentially the same challenge that the Soviet Union faced on the eve of its dissolution, and one that the coup of 1991 failed to meet. This challenge is the n...

Putin's Sanctions Against Russia - Masha Lipman, The New Yorker

Putting aside concerns that the ban on food imports may breach Russia’s obligations as a World Trade Organization member—Putin has denied that any W.T.O. rules are bein...

The Making of Vladimir Putin - Strobe Talbott, Politico Magazine

Putin’s aggression only makes sense against the backdrop of what has been the defining theme of his presidency: turning back the clock. For years that has meant repudiating t...

Europe's Malaise: The New Normal? - George Friedman, Stratfor

Russia and Ukraine continue to confront each other along their border. Iraq has splintered, leading to unabated internal warfare. And the situation in Gaza remains dire. These even...

Eurasia's Reagan Revolutions - Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg View

Perhaps economic hurdles -- caused by sanctions in Russia’s case and fundamental weakness in India's and Turkey’s -- will impose limits upon the megalomania of the tub-...

Putin Doesn't Fear Alienating the West - Stephen Blackwell, The National

Russian president Vladimir Putin shows every intention of keeping the world guessing about his ultimate intentions in Ukraine....

Chinese Pilots Fly at Russia's Top Gun - Thomas Newdick, War Is Boring

Chinese and Russian fighter pilots have been testing their skills in an unprecedented series of maneuvers in southeast Russia. Some observers have billed the Aviadarts exercise as ...

Why Won't We Name Putin's Invasion? - Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy

Vladimir Putin now seems to be relying on the Eddie Murphy "wasn't me" excuse, no doubt with the understanding that having a bald-faced lie exposed by independent witnesses matters...

Continental Drift Could Scupper Euro Recovery - Daily Telegraph

All of a sudden, the euro crisis is back, though in truth it never really went away. The latest economic figures from the eurozone make bleak reading. Germany, the continent’s bi...

Obama Should Have Listened to Hillary - Charles Krauthammer, Nat'l Post

Leave it to Barack Obama’s own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his foreign policy: a total absence of strategic thinking. Mind you, Obama does deploy ...

The Dangerous Mr. Putin - David J. Kramer, The American Interest

The problem with “accommodating” Russia in Ukraine is that Vladimir Putin’s goal is sowing chaos as part of a plan to hold on to power in the Kremlin....

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

Sub-Index Scores
You need to upgrade your Flash Player
More »

News from Russia

Hollande says EU will step up sanct

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will be forced to step up sanctions on Russia if Moscow ...

Iran says fresh US sanctions have d

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday said fresh US sanctions imposed on organisations li...

EU leaders to threaten extra Russia

By Alastair Macdonald and Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders are likely to thr...

Left-leaning leaders back Italy's M

PARIS (Reuters) - Europe's left-leaning national leaders will back Italy's Federica Mogherini for th...

EU leaders to pick new foreign poli

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders will pick the 28-nation bloc's foreign policy chief fo...

Russia Thinks ...

Approval of Country's Leadership

Honesty of Elections

Home Has Access to Internet

Freedom in Your Life

Economic Conditions

Religion Important

Standard of Living