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Burying a Martyr in Moscow

Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

Russia Schools the United Nations

Richard Gowan, World Politics Review

The thousands of Russians who turned out on March 1 to mourn the death of Boris Nemtsov defied those critics who believe that civil society hardly exists....(full article)

Russian intellectuals, opposition leaders, oligarchs, and state bureaucrats rarely meet in one place. But they gathered Tuesday in Moscow to offer a last tribute and say a few word...(full article)

Is Russia a rogue power bent on ripping up the international rulebook? Or is it a master of diplomatic brinksmanship with an uncanny knack for turning multilateral negotiations to ...(full article)

One by one, Putin's critics have been eliminated. In 2006, the journalist Anna Politkovskaya was gunned down in an elevator, and Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB agent who had be...(full article)

The cold-blooded murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov last Friday against the majestic backdrop of the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral marked the further descent of ...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

In Nemtsov Tragedy, Echoes of Yitzhak Rabin - Dmitry Shumsky, Haaretz

Saturday's murder of Boris Nemtsov, among the most eloquent spokesmen of the liberal Russian camp for 25 years and among the most vocal critics of Russian involvement in Ukraine&rs...

The Rise of the Petty Nuclear Tyrant - Kaj Leers, RealClearWorld

Are you a world leader with dictatorial aspirations? Need cash quick? Want the world to listen? Would you like an embargo scrapped, or to invade a country without immediately getti...

Counting the Costs of Nemtsov's Death - Georgy Bovt, Moscow Times

His killing has once again shaken the world of Russian politics and has shown just how sick it is with hatred, mistrust and intolerance — even toward a former senior Russian offi...

Moscow Unleashes Its Army of Avengers - Masha Gessen, New York Times

The scariest thing about the murder of Boris Nemtsov is that he himself did not scare anyone. “He was no threat to the current Russian leadership and to Vladimir Putin,&rdquo...

Fear and Death in Putin's Moscow - Garry Kasparov, Wall Street Journal

Boris Nemtsov, my longtime friend and colleague in the Russian opposition, was murdered in the middle of Moscow on Friday night. Four bullets in the back ended his life in sight of...

This Is Vladimir Putin's Russia - Bloomberg View

The official response to his apparently professional murder on Friday, in the shadow of the Kremlin, has been distasteful. Government spokesmen have spun tales of conspiracy -- inv...

A Watershed Moment for Putin's Russia - Guardian

By placing the Russian official investigation into Mr Nemtsov’s death under his direct control, Mr Putin has ensured that nothing unfavourable to him or his regime will ever ...

It's Even Scarier if Putin Didn't Order the Hit - S. Walker, The Guardian

Vladimir Putin and media are violently hostile to challenges to the state, an intolerance that has helped end the life of another opposition figure...

Putin, the Villain Straight from Central Casting - Stephen Kotkin, Newsweek

How did 21st-century Russia end up, yet again, in personal rule?...

Russia's Shaken Opposition - Eli Lake, Bloomberg View

The murder of a high-profile Russian opposition leader has already sent a chill among President Vladimir Putin's beleaguered political foes....

Heightened Stakes in Russia-West Standoff - Nikolas Gvosdev, National Interest

Nemtsov's murder makes it far less likely that the U.S. and Russia will normalize ties so long as Putin remains in power....

Fighting Repression in Russia - W. Pomeranz & K. Smith, The Mark News

Any battle between the Russian state and its political opponents has always been an unequal contest, since the state brings an overwhelming superiority to such confrontations. This...

Another Putin Opponent Dies Violently - Washington Post

BORIS NEMTSOV was a courageous Russian politician who never gave up on the dream that the country could make the transition from dictatorship to liberal democracy. Once an elected ...

A New Era of Darkness for Putin's Russia - Christian Caryl, Foreign Policy

It was always hard to ignore Boris Nemtsov. You couldn’t help but notice when he came into a room. The physicist-turned-politician was smart, pugnacious, brash....

Why Russia Will Lose in Ukraine - Alexander Motyl, World Affairs Journal

So who’s winning the war in eastern Ukraine—Russia or Ukraine? The answer is not as simple as it might seem, because victory means different things for each side.   A Russian ...

Angela Merkel's Moment of Truth - Joschka Fischer, Project Syndicate

In the last two weeks, the two crises confronting Europe – in Ukraine and Greece – both escalated. In each case, Germany and its chancellor, Angela Merkel, were at the heart of...

Stalin Wasn't an Intellectual Dullard - Jack Matlock, Jr., National Interest

  ANYONE UNFAMILIAR with the quality of Stephen Kotkin’s four earlier books on the Soviet Union might well question whether we need a new, voluminous tome about the firs...

Inside the Mind of Vladimir Putin - Ian Robertson, Daily Telegraph

In June 2005, Vladimir Putin saw a diamond-studded Super Bowl ring on the finger of Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots. Kraft was in St Petersberg for a gathering ...

Russian Empire Is Not What Putin Wants - Fiona Hill, National Interest

At a news conference in Budapest on February 17, Russian president Vladimir Putin engaged in one of his favorite pastimes: sparring with journalists. One reporter asked if Putin th...

Ukraine Is no Game Changer Yet - Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

Far from altering Europe's geopolitical landscape, the Ukraine crisis has only reconfirmed the continent's old order....

Will There Be an Arab Spring in Russia? - Peter Rutland, Moscow Times

A lively debate has been under way for several years about the impact of the Internet on political life around the world. Some argue that the web enables opposition movements to ge...

Russia Can't Beat NATO - But Putin Might Try - Tom Nichols, RCDefense

Can Russia defeat NATO? The answer is “no.” Vladimir Putin’s armies cannot prevail in a direct contest with the NATO alliance....

Russian Downgrade Was not Political - Mark Adomanis, Moscow Times

It should come as a surprise to no one that Moody's Investors Service finally officially downgraded Russia's bonds to junk status. Moody's has been threatening as much for several ...

Russia Quietly Annexes South Ossetia - Maia Otarashvili, FPRI

Russia and South Ossetia have ironed out final details of a “Treaty of Alliance and Integration.” The treaty was drafted in December 2014 and on January 31, 2015 Georgi...

Paleoconservatives Are Wrong About Putin - Alex Berezow, RCWorld

The American Conservative prides itself on paleoconservatism, an ideology which quite rightly rejects the neoconservative worldview of Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz and the ...

Great Power Competition Returns - Robert Kagan, Brookings Institution

The real impact of the return of great power competition will depend on how the United States responds to these changes. America needs to recognize its central role in maintaining ...

The World Seen from Vilnius Is a Scary Place - Boyd Tonkin, Independent

From Vilnius, the world looks very different, and Russia can feel much more like the 'clear and present danger'...

Do the Oscars Understand East Europe? - L. Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

If last night's Oscars are any indication, Western audiences and critics are fascinated with eastern Europe: Three out of five movies nominated for best foreign-language film were ...

Russia Looking to Grab Georgian Territories - Dan Peleschuk, GP

As the world watches Moscow-backed separatists win control of more land in Ukraine, critics fear Russian President Vladimir Putin is quietly grasping for new territory elsewhere....

Three EU Dreams Turned into Nightmares - Chris Booker, Telegraph

Three stories that were making daily headlines last week all had one very important thing in common. One was the shambles unfolding over Ukraine. The second was the ongoing shamble...

Sweden: The Wimpiest Country in Europe - Elisabeth Braw, WAJ

Sweden has, if nothing else, added a new definition to the concept of partnership. Earlier this week the Swedish daily Expressen reported that an extraordinary meeti...

The Ominous Lure of the Russian Past - Mark Harrison, Warwick Blogs

Russia has many possible futures; all of them are improbable. The economy must do better, stay the same, or do worse. Relations with the West must improve, remain as they are, or d...

Europe Looks Doomed to Repeat Its Past Follies - A. Pabst, The National

The agreement between Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin offers the best chance to end hostilities and avoid a slide into total war in Ukraine. After months of bloody fighting bet...

If U.S. Arms Ukraine, Russia Could Arm Iran - Josh Cohen, Moscow Times

The war drums are once again beating in Washington. An attention-grabbing report released by three of America's leading think tanks recommends that the United States save Ukraine b...

Immigrant Workers Leave Russia - Nina Vazhdaeva, Kommersant

Now all these migrants are looking for alternatives to Russia, although it's clear that no single country can absorb those fleeing. "Last year, 80% to 90% of migrant workers from C...

Putin May Be the Lesser of Russian Evils - Rob Garver, Fiscal Times

As fighting continued in Eastern Ukraine on Monday, despite a ceasefire that was supposed to have gone into effect at 12 a.m., the United Kingdom’s former top spy said Russia...

The Next European Flashpoints - Bond/Corboy/Courtney/Yalowitz, TNI

The most pressing task for the West is to help Ukraine defend itself and survive economic catastrophe. But the West also needs a broader strategy to discourage future Russian coe...

A History of Russian-European Mistrust - Pyotr Romanov, Moscow Times

Russia and the West are once again locked in a bickering match marked by mutual accusations and name-calling. At the same time, both sides consider themselves the very acme of civi...

A False Choice Between Force and weak Diplomacy - Will Marshall, The Hill

Thanks to determined diplomacy by Germany and France, Russia agreed Wednesday to a new cease-fire in Ukraine, to begin Sunday. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel was anything but ...

Renegotiating the European Security Order - Jeremy Shapiro, Brookings

Our central point is that Ukraine is actually just one battleground in a broader struggle between Russia and the West over the regional order in Europe. The Western concept of the ...

Putin Notches a Big Win - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

Vladimir Putin was the winner of the Minsk II peace accords. Territory gained by the rebels in violation of Minsk I appears to be conceded; there is no deadline for the pulling out...

European Security After Ukraine - Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

The war in eastern Ukraine is about more than the future of the European geopolitical order. It is about the role of the United States in Europe....

Greece's Plan B Is Russia - Kevin Lees, Suffragio

It may have seemed odd that, within hours of taking office, Greece’s new prime minister Alexis Tsipras struck out at the European Union to delay and ultimately weaken the blo...

The Enemy of a Syrian Enemy Is Still an Enemy - Colum Lynch, FP

U.N. leaders thought the rise of the Islamic State could push Assad and the country's moderate rebels closer to a deal. They were wrong....

The Kremlin's Middle East Charm Offensive - Alan Philps, The National

For a man whose country is under crippling western sanctions, Vladimir Putin has been doing a lot of travelling. He has visited India, Turkey and, at the beginning of this week, Eg...

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