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There is no need to echo the “jingos” of Victorian Britain who sang: “We don’t want to fight, but by jingo if we do, we’ve got the ships, we’ve ...(full article)

Moscow was long in the hands of criminals and the nouveau riche. Today, Europe's biggest metropolis is undergoing rapid change. It is becoming more open and more cosmopolitan, desp...(full article)

Many pundits saw this heated exchange as proof that the booming Russia-China partnership may take a toll on Russia’s strong ties with Vietnam. This is something the Vietnames...(full article)

With two risky flyovers of U.S. military assets in a week, tensions with Moscow are high. We need to tone things down, before flyovers become bombing runs....(full article)

Russia’s current regime will not last long. The tumultuous events in Ukraine in 2014 reduced the country’s possible trajectories to a single one – a path that wil...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

The Gloomy Reality: How Russia Beats NATO - Shlapak & Johnson, WOTR

Today NATO is indeed outnumbered, outranged, and outgunned by Russia in Europe and beset by a number of compounding factors that make the situation worse. Having said that, it is p...

Poker's Killing the Russian Chess Star - Gregory Mathieu, Bloomberg View

During the Soviet era, chess tables could be seen in every Russian or eastern European park, with dozens of players lost in concentration. Cheap and egalitarian, chess became the S...

Brexit's Threat to "the Special Relationship" - Strobe Talbott, NY Times

The White House is as determined to shore up the European Union as the Kremlin is to accelerate its demise. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that “a strong U.K. staying in ...

Britain Should Engage With Russia - Daniel Kawczynski, New Statesman

Recently, America and Europe, particularly the United Kingdom, have taken two approaches with regard to their respective relationships with Russia. The US, led primarily by Secreta...

Who Wants Another Proxy Battle With Russia? - Pietro Shakarian, Nation

Overall, these commentators condemned Washington for failing to see that “America’s interests are fundamentally opposed to Mr. Putin’s” and that Moscow is &...

How Putin Feeds the Myth of His Power - Mark Galeotti, Vox

The more we buy into the notion of Putin the "bold strategist," who is "acting like a grandmaster of chess while Obama stumbles at checkers," the more we empower him and disempower...

Will Brexit Make the EU More Pro-Russian? - Georgi Gotev, Euractiv

“Brexit can become the real starter of the EU’s disintegration process. After the referendum in Netherlands on the Ukraine-EU association, Brexit is pushing the trend o...

That Dud of a Doha Oil Meeting - Anthony Mirhaydari, Fiscal Times

While we're sure to get additional details of the inner workings, early indications are that Russia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela had prepared a draft agreement on Saturday he...

The Odd Couple of the New Cold War - Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

Diplomacy’s “dynamic duo,” according to some, and “the odd couple,” according to others, have met and strolled and talked together dozens of times in ...

Who Cares if Kremlin Planted Panama Papers? - Leonid Bershidsky, BV

Last week, a respected Russia scholar in the U.S. speculated that the Kremlin might be behind the so-called Panama Papers, the big dump of data about offshore accounts that has imp...

Is Hungary's Leader Giving Up on Europe? - Attila Mong, Foreign Policy

Moving Hungary closer to Moscow has become the centerpiece of Orban’s foreign policy. Last year Moscow awarded Budapest a massive 10 billion Euro loan. Ostensibly it’s ...

U.S. Must Restructure Global Order - Zbigniew Brzezinski, American Int.

Since the next twenty years may well be the last phase of the more traditional and familiar political alignments with which we have grown comfortable, the response needs to be shap...

Why Romania Is Suddenly Very Important to U.S. - George Friedman, GF

The ties have matured as the perceived Russian threat has increased following the events in Ukraine. What had been a minor courtship has evolved into a strategic alignment. The mos...

Russia's Perpetual Geopolitics - Stephen Kotkin, Foreign Affairs

History records three fleeting moments of remarkable Russian ascendancy: Peter the Great’s victory over Charles XII and a declining Sweden in the early 1700s, which implanted...

How Putin Changed Russia's Balance of Power - N. Petrov, Moscow Times

As is often the case in Russia, the creation of the National Guard was long anticipated, and therefore, caught everyone by surprise....

A Trojan Horse From Russia to Germany? - Fiona Wong, Ramen IR

By maintaining gas flows to “core EU states,” a number of Central and Eastern European countries fear that Russia will be able to more readily use its energy resources ...

Building a U.S. Military Equal to the Threat - Max Boot, Commentary

It won’t happen in this administration, but the next president will need to rebuild American military strength so as to prevent rivals such as Russia and China from upsetting...

Obama Poked Putin. Putin Poked Back. - Jeffrey Tayler, Foreign Policy

Washington’s decision to beef up NATO in Eastern Europe will compel Moscow to reciprocate with an equally aggressive response....

The Cost of Keeping Lenin Looking Like Lenin - Marina Koren, The Atlantic

Russian scientists have kept the Soviet leader, whose embalmed body is on display in a mausoleum in Moscow’s Red Square, carefully preserved since his death in 1924. This year, t...

Yuri Gagarin and American Insecurity - George Friedman, Geop. Futures

Yesterday was the 55th anniversary of the first manned space flight. The pilot was Yuri Gagarin, a citizen of the Soviet Union, and what he did helped usher in a new age. It also u...

Insurgency Simmers in Russia's Periphery - Elaterina Sokirianskaia, WPR

Russia’s North Caucasus insurgency has gone relatively quiet, but reduced casualty numbers belie a still-worrying situation where long-standing grievances remain. As more and...

Russian Corruption Is the New Communism - Brian Whitmore, Interpreter

In the East, an alliance of satellite states with Soviet-style socialist command economies and authoritarian political systems has been replaced with a loose grouping of kleptocrac...

The Toxic Coddling of Petro Poroshenko - Lev Golinkin, Foreign Policy

Only a sharp rebuke from the West can save Ukraine from itself now. Too bad that won't happen....

Putin's Government in Donbas - Paul Gregory, Project Syndicate

Russia has been highlighting the Kyiv government’s reluctance to implement the terms of Minsk 2, in order to drive a wedge between Ukraine and Europe. The Kremlin’s mes...

Putin Fills U.S. Void in Nagorno-Karabakh - Matthew Bryza, Wash Post

Putin is exploiting the situation through intensive diplomacy that Obama shows no interest in matching. The White House has failed even to issue an official statement. Meanwhile, t...

Paranoid Putin's New Praetorian Guard - Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

Does the Russian president really think the Americans are trying to overthrow him? Can he be this paranoid? And where will that lead?...

Putin's New Praetorians - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

This powerful, well-trained force will operate outside the ministry under the command of Viktor Zolotov, a long-time Putin associate, whom the president appointed head of his perso...

Putin's War of Smoke and Mirrors - Eerik Niiles Kross, Politico EU

We are sleepwalking through the end of our era of peace. It is time to wake up....

The Global Liberal Order Can Ill Afford Brexit - Joseph Nye, Project Syn.

Faced with a rising China, a declining but risk-inclined Russia, and the prospect of prolonged turmoil in the Middle East, close transatlantic cooperation will be crucial to mainta...

7 Soviet Tips for a Successful Police State - Mark Harrison, Conversation

The Soviet Union was one of the world’s more durable police states – and it is now one of the best documented. From Stalin’s bloody terror to the less violent but...

Lessons from the Dutch - Watch the Fringe - Nick Cohen, The Guardian

Connoisseurs of the grotesque filed the referendum in that bulging folder of moments when the far left and far right fell into a clammy embrace. Britain’s anti-Europeans said it ...

How Dutch Referendum Shows Russia's Power - Anne Applebaum, WaPo

No doubt some solution will be found, but whatever it turns out to be, it’s not as important as the lesson we’ve just learned: Small minorities of angry people, when we...

Hope for a Free Russia? - Wall Street Journal

Russian Parliament Member Dmitry Gudkov on the current political, social and economic situation under Vladimir Putin....

In Russia, Being Clever Is Not a Crime - Maxim Trudolyubov, Wilson Center

The so-called Panama Papers are unlikely to make a huge difference in today’s Russia. Reports based on the papers, a large trove of documents currently under scrutiny by jour...

Are the Russians Behind the Panama Papers? - Clifford Gaddy, Brookings

This information will not harm Putin at all—instead, it gives Putin cover, so he can shrug and say: “Look, everybody does it.” A more serious possibility is that ...

Panama Papers Expose Putin's Achilles Heel - Michael Weiss, Daily Beast

And this is the regime’s Achilles’ heel, Gudkov says, because Putin “is concerned about his own money.” It scarcely matters that the amount uncovered by the...

Will Russia and China Become Allies? - Jacob Shapiro, Geopolitical Futures

Summary: The idea that Russia and China are going to become close allies fails to account for the constraints and geopolitical imperatives of both countries. Neither can be content...

The U.S.S.R. Is Falling Apart Again - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

The frozen conflicts tend to reignite when the external influences that keep the situation in balance realign. In Nagorno-Karabakh's case, the new enmity between Turkey and Russia ...

How Moscow Manipulates the Refugee Crisis - John Schindler, Observer

Russian intelligence is detectable in the huge migration wave hitting Europe. What does this mean for Western security?...

Panama Paper Cuts Won't Pester Putin - A. Nesvetailova, The Conversation

Aware that president Vladimir Putin would be linked to offshore schemes, the people around him began their PR manoeuvres ahead of time. The week before the papers were released, th...

How Ukraine's Military Will Defeat Russia's Rebels - Sam Bendett, RCW

Ultimately, it is not just the weapons, old or new, that will determine the success of Ukraine's military in its struggles against Russian-backed rebels. That success will depend o...

The Makings of a Syrian Peace - Gwynne Dyer, Japan Times

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s goal was to isolate the Islamists and reconcile the rest of the rebels with the Assad regime, and it is well on the way to accomplishment. ...

Why Multinationals Are Doubling Down on Russia - M. Bozadzhieva, HBR

Experienced executives in this market have gone through at least two large crises over the past 20 years: in 1998 when the government defaulted on its debts, and in 2009 when Russi...

Russia-Iran Alliance Is Weaker Than You Think - The National Interest

The relationship between Russia and Iran has come to the fore because of their coordination on the battlefield in Syria. A recent article in the Daily Beast noted President Vladimi...

The Massive Leak That Illuminates Putin's Fortunes - Guardian

A network of secret offshore deals and vast loans worth $2bn has laid a trail to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin....

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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