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Democracy may be struggling, but it is still alive in Russia. Significantly, the Gaidar Economic Forum is named after one of the fathers of Russian democrat reforms, Yegor Gaidar. ...(full article)

Many have been burned trying to predict Russian President Vladimir Putin's next foreign policy moves, but it's a safe bet he will copy whichever U.S. policy he has been criticizing...(full article)

Russia is emerging as an essential diplomatic and security partner for the U.S. in Syria, despite the Obama administration's opposition to Moscow's support for President Bashar al-...(full article)

The ongoing dispute between Iran and Saudi Arabia following the kingdom’s execution of Saudi Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr on terrorism charges adds to many of the Middle...(full article)

So far Russians have stoically put up with the economic pain, reckoning that the government is not to be blamed for uncontrollable movements in global oil prices. Unlike the oil pr...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Why Putin Loves Trump - Ivan Krastev, New York Times

“Myroporyadok” is a powerful expression of the Kremlin’s present state of mind. It views the world as a place on the edge of collapse, chaotic and dangerous, wher...

Surprise: Russia Airstrikes Help a U.S. Ally - Yousseff & Harris, Daily Beast

Now, U.S. officials fear such success could create a new alliance between its proxy forces in Syria and the Russian military, which American generals have repeatedly called a poten...

Ukrainians, Ignore Russia - Alexei Bayer, Kyiv Post

Russia is in a profound political, economic and moral crisis. Its social and political institutions have been corrupted. The Putin regime in its current form is near its end and th...

The Ancient Russia-West Fascination - S. Montefiore, Evening Standard

In 2016 it is fitting that we are enraptured by Russianness, for the country is on our minds: we are more disapproving and terrified of Russia, and Russia is more hostile and disda...

The Business of Russia Is Politics - Oleg Svet & Samuel Bendett, RCWorld

Since the Crimea crisis of February 2014, the Obama administration has tried to use sanctions to persuade Russia to change its course on foreign policy. But for reasons that would ...

Was Syria Intervention Worth It for Russia? - Paul Saunders, Al-Monitor

While Moscow's military involvement in the Syria crisis has led to an increasingly important role for Russia in regional and global politics, critics wonder whether or not the cost...

Germany's 'Russians' Fear New Arrivals - L. Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

The "Russians" have done well as a dominant immigrant group. Although many fled abject poverty, they now have nice jobs in business, government and academia. They have much to lose...

Is U.S.-Russia Cooperation in Syria Realistic? - M. McFaul, Moscow Times

US leaders must remain realistic about the weak prospects for successful cooperation. Russia's bombing campaign has changed little on the ground, and its pledges to support a polit...

Putin's Year in Scandals - Masha Gessen, New York Times

GOING into 2016, Vladimir V. Putin is a very different politician from the one he was a year ago. His most significant changes have little to do with what he has done in the last 1...

Russia Approaches a Domestic Crisis - Simon Smith, The Conversation

After a remarkably fraught and complicated 2015, Vladimir Putin’s Russia finds itself still sanctioned by the West for its conduct in Ukraine, dogged by falling oil prices an...

The 5 Pivotal Issues of 2016 - John McLaughlin, Ozy

Prediction now is as perilous as it was back then. Dozens of issues are rushing toward us, headlong, but we’re plunging in and highlighting the five biggest global issues of ...

Putin's Ugly Anti-Obama Propaganda - Dobriansky & Rivkin, Wash Post

Nobody in Russia gets to freelance propaganda-wise. Thus, anti-Obama rants, even when coming from prominent individuals outside government, have Putin’s imprimatur....

Putin Makes Russian Isolationism Official - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

The evolution of Russia's National Security Strategy -- a document whose latest version was published on Dec. 31 -- provides valuable material for the study of the angst, paranoia ...

Russia's Nuclear Drone: Ruse or Reality Check? - Dan McGroarty, RCW

No one's connecting the dots between the advanced apps that define our modern life, and the metals and minerals they're made of. Until we do, we'd better hope the horrific weapons...

An Unseemly Energy Deal Between Germany, Russia - Jim Hoagland, WP

Germany’s citizens and leaders have earned the world’s respect over the decades since World War II by repeatedly taking the moral and political high ground. From Willy ...

The World According to Russia - Jeffrey Tayler, The Atlantic

For Russians, to a degree unthinkable in the United States, foreign policy is also domestic policy....

Collapse of Oil Is a Challenge to the Old Order - Allister Heath, Telegraph

The cost to oil-exporting countries from the lower prices is nearing $2 trillion a year. Drivers, by contrast, have saved a fortune, allowing them to spend the cash on other things...

Russia and Ukraine Finally Break Up - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Russia and Ukraine have spent most of their post-Soviet history as Siamese twins, but for the last two years they've been undergoing political and economic separation surgery. It w...

On the Brink, with Erdogan - Michael Goldfarb, Politico EU

LONDON — 2015 is drawing to an end. The unanswered questions of the year — especially the ones related to ISIL, Syria and the massive flow of refugees from the region i...

Russia Names Nemtsov Murder Suspects, Allies See Cover-Up - AJE

Russian police named a Chechen man as the alleged mastermind behind the high-profile murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, but his supporters said that the suspect was only a ...

Russia Can Only Use the U.S. as an Excuse for So Long - J. Lloyd, Reuters

Sergei Guriev, Russia’s most prominent free market economist, left Moscow in 2013 for Paris, in fear of his liberty. He had publicly supported dissidents, criticized the administ...

Donbass Smolders While the World Focuses on Syria - Todd Wood, RCW

This weekend's shelling of international monitors in Kominternove, a village in the Donetsk region of Eastern Ukraine, shows the violence and instability that is simmering under th...

The Eurasian Union's Troubled First Year - Alex Nice, The Diplomat

The EEU’s first year has raised serious questions about its economic rationale, institutional effectiveness, and geopolitical underpinnings....

Putin's No-Spin Zone - Matthew Luxmoore, Foreign Policy

Russian political talk shows have become circuses of angry pensioners, cornered liberals, and camo-clad Ukrainian rebels. And they’re more popular than ever....

Ending Crimea's Isolation - Dimiter Kenarov, New York Times

Once a peninsula, Crimea has become an island. For nearly two years, the territory has been unrecognized, cut off from the mainland by a militarized border, embargoed and mostly fo...

Moving Backward: Russia's Moral Decay - Z. Nemtsova, Moscow Times

But the problem is not only the silence of the Kremlin’s official propaganda. The problem is the condition of Russian society. A Levada Center survey conducted in March of th...

In Central Asia, Chinese Inroads in Russia's Back Yard - S. Denyer, WaPo

Slowly but surely, a four-lane highway is beginning to take shape on the sparsely populated Central Asian steppe. Soviet-era cars, trucks and aging long-distance buses weave past m...

Russia's New Underwater Drone Should Raise Alarm Bells - Wash Post

Russia appears to be creating a tactical nuclear weapon that could be slipped into a harbor, unleashing a tidal wave as well as the devastating effects of a nuclear explosion. It m...

When Russians Bomb Your Town - Michael Weiss, The Daily Beast

Jarrah returned to Aleppo two months ago because he wanted to see for himself what the Russian intervention was really like. Were his fellow countrymen lying about the scale of dev...

Russia's Trump Moment Approaches - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

Russia’s Trump danger to the Kremlin elite comes not from liberals, but from Russia’s 85%. They expect Putin to deliver rising living standards, jobs, and economic stab...

The Putin Appeasement Consensus - Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary

In the last few days, Donald Trump has been bitterly criticized for his bizarre defense of Russia President Vladimir Putin. We may have thought we’d heard everything in a cra...

Putin's 2015 Foreign Policy Score Card - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Putin wanted his views and interests to be heeded. Instead, he got contempt and a measure of fear, a combination that wasn't much better than disregard. So in 2015, he set out to i...

Russia Shatters Syria's Latest Chance for Peace - Washington Post

THE U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a resolution Friday demanding that “all parties immediately cease any attacks against civilians and civilian objects” as well as ...

A Hidden Syrian Maze of Military-to-Military Relations - S. Hersh, LRB

Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office – and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him &nd...

I Still Miss the Soviet Holidays - Margarita Gokun Silver, Vox

I grew up in the 1970s, in the USSR, the only child of two Soviet engineers. We lived in a two-room apartment on the outskirts of Moscow only a 15-minute walk away from a similar t...

Is There Finally Hope for Syria? A Bit, at Least - Economist

The measure comes after months of negotiations between world powers, most notably America and Russia, which have been divided over the future of Syria. It is the first time the sec...

Why Putin Keeps Outsmarting Obama - Leon Aron, Mosaic

And that is just Syria. Today, tomorrow, and for quite a while—indeed, until Putin dies in office, is ousted, or is killed (having stepped on the Saddam Hussein/Muammar Qadda...

Putin's Shaky Tsardom - Masha Lipman, New Yorker

Almost fourteen hundred reporters gathered in the Kremlin on Wednesday for Vladimir Putin’s annual press conference. The most anxious ones held signs with the name of their r...

Gorbachev Could Be Accused of Treason - Samuel Bendett, RealClearWorld

On Dec. 10, Russian-language Komsomolskaya Pravda (KP.ru) published previously classified transcripts of 1991 talks between Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the Rus...

New Cold War Comes to Syria - Nabeel Khoury, Cairo Review

Russia’s intervention has intensified the Syrian civil war, drawing both Western and regional powers deeper into a seemingly intractable conflict....

Putin Takes a Victory Lap - Nikolas Gvosdev, National Interest

From Syria and Ukraine to Donald Trump, the Russian president assesses 2015 in a marathon press conference....

Putin Gushes for Trump - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

In any case, Putin may merely be weighing in on the side of the most pro-Russia candidate in the US election. It wouldn't be the first time he intervened on behalf of a friendly qu...

Russia Is Keeping the US Grounded in Syria - Rogin & Lake, Bloom. View

earlier this month, Moscow deployed an SA-17 advanced air defense system near the area and began “painting” U.S. planes, targeting them with radar in what U.S. official...

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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More aid heads to Syrian town; new

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The Latest: Doping report: Relation

MUNICH (AP) — The Latest from the IAAF investigation (all times local):...

Iran removes core from Arak reactor

Iran has removed the core of its Arak heavy water reactor and filled part of it with cement, a cruci...

Soviet 2x Olympic weightlift champ

MOSCOW (AP) — Soviet weightlifting great Leonid Zhabotinsky, who won two Olympic gold medals and s...

Turkey attacks Islamic State target

By Ercan Gurses ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish tanks and artillery have bombarded Islamic State position...

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