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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership faces controversy over a number of domestic economical implications, but what does Russia stand to lose if the deal goes through?...(full article)

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is a hero to the Russian people for standing up to the West. He might be gaining a whole new Hellenic fan base, and that’s bad news fo...(full article)

A Belgian court goes after Russian assets in the decade-old Yukos case just as Brussels renews economic sanctions on Moscow through the rest of the year....(full article)

The current situation is looking dangerously like a Cold War II stand-off, both sides bristling with hostility and neither wanting to make concessions to ease the tension. But let ...(full article)

Both Russia and the West continue to stage all kind of major military exercises and demonstrations, even while both accuse the other of provocation and aggressive intent. Are the d...(full article)

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Putin Doesn't Like It? So What? - Bloomberg View

Russia has reacted angrily to reports that the U.S. is planning to position tanks and other heavy equipment in Poland and on the territory of other eastern European allies. That re...

Putin's Nuclear Plan Is Working - John Vinocur, Wall Street Journal

A Russian academic, often a disseminator of Vladimir Putin’s designs for the future, offered up a message of nuclear provocation and intimidation concerning the West for a sm...

Russia and China: A Limited Relationship - T. Lairson & I. Alon, EA Forum

Does the geopolitical relationship between China and Russia portend a major shift in global relations? Many observers focus on the similarities in these nations as the basis for ex...

Is Europe too Weak-Willed for NATO? - David Klion, World Politics Review

Even as the U.S. demonstrates its commitment to its Baltic allies, there is a disturbing degree of uncertainty surrounding what would happen if such an incident were to occur. Last...

Central Asia Is Easy Pickings for ISIS - Deirdre Tynan, Moscow Times

The appearance of Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov in an Islamic State propaganda video on May 27 sent a chill across Central Asia. The head of Tajikistan's Special Assignment Police Unit...

Putin's Russia Isn't Soviet - It's Worse - Ivan Sukhov, Moscow Times

Modern Russia is definitely not the free and prosperous country that dissidents dreamed it would become when the Soviet regime collapsed in 1991 — but, beyond a doubt, it is ...

Is Russia Losing Its Trojan Horse to the EU? - D. Kalan, Foreign Affairs

Sofia Gives Moscow Some Attitude...

Putin's Russia Is Not 'Back in the USSR' - Ivan Sukhov, Moscow Times

A group of Russian scholars presented a report in Moscow in late May called "The values of perestroika in the context of modern Russia" that...

Has Russia Violated a Nuclear Treaty? - Steven Pifer, Brookings

Until fairly recently, the INF treaty had for a long time been of interest only to arms control junkies. Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signed the INF Treaty back in December ...

Toward a New U.S.-Russia Detente - Leslie Gelb, National Interest

It is totally unrealistic to think that the West can gain desired Russian restraint and cooperation without dealing with Moscow as a great power that possesses real and legitimate ...

Putin's Warlords Slip Out of Control - Adrian Karatnycky, New York Times

In waging a clandestine war in eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has made a bargain with the devil. He has farmed out much of the fighting to warlords, mercenaries and criminals, par...

Jeb Bush to Call Out Putin in Europe - Josh Rogin, Bloomberg View

Former Governor Jeb Bush will call for a more assertive and united front against Russia and President Vladimir Putin when he arrives Tuesday in Germany, the first stop of Bush's th...

Deconstructing Putin's Approval Ratings - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

Vladimir Putin uses his favorability rating, currently in the mid-80s, to legitimize his regime, crack down on political opposition, war against Ukraine, and threatening posture to...

How Many Neo-Nazis Fight for Ukraine? - Cathcart & Epstein, Daily Beast

Not all the members of the Ukrainian ultranationalist militias the U.S. is training have SS tattoos, and not all espouse fascism. But enough do to be worrisome....

The Russians Are Coming to Asia - Matthew Sussex, Lowy Interpreter

the Ukraine crisis - and the broader Russia-West tensions tat it has stoked - obscures the fact that Moscow has been quietly but rapidly re-orienting its strategic posture. And it ...

Canada's Continuing Commitment to Ukraine - National Post

Few Canadian prime ministers have ever spoken of a fellow leader in the terms Stephen Harper reserves for Russian President Vladimir Putin. In referring to the Russian autocrat, Ha...

Russia & India: A 21st Century Decline - Jayant Singh, The Diplomat

As strategic relations go, few countries can match the enduring partnership that India and Russia have shared since the 1960s. For close to half a century Russia has been New Delhi...

Russia & America: Toward a New Detente - Leslie Gelb, TNI

WITH THE Cold War’s demise, the menacing Russia that long loomed over Europe seemed to vanish. The Russia of 1992 was just a fragment of its historic self in military punch a...

Russian TV's Bloody Ukraine Coverage - Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

The daily diet of the Kremlin’s ‘weaponized propaganda’ is not all lies—and it’s heating up Russians’ outrage over the war in Ukraine and the We...

Outside Europe, the World Loves Sepp Blatter - J. Wilson, New Statesman

Prince Ali failed to offer a credible alternative vision for Caf, the AFC and CONCACAF. If Fifa is to be reformed, the western nations that have targeted Blatter have to understand...

Russians Contemplate Their Place in the World - Sam Bendett, RCWorld

Several key Russian foreign policy experts and commentators have recently voiced some very interesting opinions about the future of Russia and its place in the world....

Want to Understand Russia? Read Tolstoy - James Stavridis, Foreign Policy

Begin with Nikolai Gogol’s 1842 masterpiece, Dead Souls. It is the blackest of black humor, a story in which a mysterious businessman moves through the Russian countryside “buy...

Are Chechens Gearing Up to Fight Russia Again? - L.T. Wood, Wash Times

Moscow fought two recent wars with the region. The first was fought incompetently to a draw under Boris Yeltsin. The second saw Russia prevail with overwhelming force. Vladimir Put...

China Is Eating Russia's Lunch - Anita Inder Singh, The Diplomat

China and Russia are stepping up their collaboration, even as they compete for regional primacy....

Russians Are Starting to Leave Their Country - Caroline Wyatt, BBC

If Russia is alarming its neighbours with its actions in Ukraine and its anti-Western rhetoric, many of its own people are also uncomfortable with the prevailing atmosphere of bell...

Putin Hides the Grisly Truth - New York Times

For President Vladimir Putin of Russia, the manipulation and suppression of facts is as much a tool of his war in Ukraine as an AK-47 or a rocket launcher. He continues to insist t...

Qatar and Putin's FIFA Friend Is Dead - Nico Hines, Daily Beast

Soccer’s World Cup plans were cast into chaos Tuesday as Sepp Blatter announced that he would stand down as president of FIFA. At a shock press conference just four days afte...

The West Needs More Russophiles - Mark Galeotti, Moscow Times

Current dialogue between Russia and the West scarcely deserves the name. Too often, it is simply a contest of postures and a recitation of grievances, each side clinging to positio...

Russia Celebrates Ukraine's War - Samuel Bendett, RealClearWorld

Russian authorities and the media are highlighting their view that the war in Donetsk had nothing to do with Moscow, but was a reaction to events in Kiev in early 2014: "This armed...

Sweden Left Itself Defenseless Against Russia - Elisabeth Braw, Politico EU

At the end of the Cold War, Swedish submarine hunters commanded an arsenal featuring depth charges, torpedoes, and anti-submarine-warfare grenades, and surface submarine hunters we...

Spineless EU Is Losing the East - Ghia Nodia, Moscow Times

The recent EU Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, Latvia, can be summed up in one word: disappointment. Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine face considerable hardships — including econo...

Putin's Massive, Awkward Family Reunions - Hayes Brown, BuzzFeed

He handed out the Order of Parental Glory to Russians who have been “preserving the family’s traditional foundations” by having seven or more kids on Monday, and ...

Bleeding Ukraine Slowly - Kyiv Post

The longer it drags on, the more Russia’s 14-month-old war against Ukraine is taking both nations down with it. Neither seems to want the contested areas of the Donbas any lo...

Estonia Making Modular Bomb Shelters - Kelsey Atherton, PopSci

Russia is not an easy neighbor for a country to have. In 2008 they invaded parts of nearby Georgia, protecting splinter republics that exist to this day. Last year, shortly after t...

Russia Will Keep Backing Assad - for Now - A.B. Solomon, Jerusalem Post

Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin, is unlikely to drop its support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, even though it distrusts him and recognizes that his situa...

Misunderstanding Russia - Chatham House

The war in Ukraine suggests a new era of competition between the West and Russia. It has (again) revealed both fundamental differences in how European security is understood, and i...

Help the People Putin Fears Most: His Own - Kaj Leers, RealClearWorld

So Putin shows the world what he fears most. The next question is how to play on that fear. Instead of simply accepting that there's nothing that can be done, Putin's adversaries s...

NATO Can Deter Putin's Baltic Threats - Alan Dowd, The American Interest

Approving the Baltic states’ request for a permanent NATO military presence is the best way to prevent war with Russia and preserve the alliance....

Containment In Reverse: Halting Democracy - C. Walker, WA Journal

early seven decades ago, George F. Kennan authored a seminal article that argued for a policy of containment to combat the spread of Soviet influence. Kennan’s essay came at ...

Russia: U.S. FIFA Investigation Is Illegal - Reid Standish, Foreign Policy

In a statement Wednesday, Moscow accused Washington of illegally applying its laws around the world. “Once again we are calling on Washington to stop attempts to make justice...

In Putin's Russia, Might Is Right - Ivan Sukhov, Moscow Times

Russia has a strange understanding of respect: that it works in only one direction....

NATO Needs A New Nuclear Strategy - Elbridge Colby, Wall Street Journal

Moscow is ready to use its arsenal to deter pushback against its aggressions. NATO needs a plan for how to stare down such threats....

Can Russia Level Out Playing Field With China? - Samuel Bendett, RCW

Russia and China recently have signed and executed a number of large-scale economic and military agreements - enough to make Russia's own so-called pivot to Asia, and toward the dy...

Europe's Eastern Blind Spot - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

EU governments will pay a high price for looking over their shoulder toward Russia, even though EU diplomats insist they went as far as they could in Riga to reassure the union&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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EU extends trade and investment ban

By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU governments extended for a year a ban on trade and investmen...

Ukraine trying to revive Crimean ch

Ukraine is trying to revive a former champion football club from Crimea after it was dissolved follo...

World swimming champs to cost $55m,

Russia says hosting the world aquatics championships in Kazan next month will cost around $55 millio...

Russia, Greece agree to build gas p

Russia and Greece agreed Friday to sign a preliminary agreement to build a gas pipeline, with the tw...

Despite obstacles, chances grow for

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