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It was relatively easy to oppose a return to spheres of influence when no other major power was actively trying to reconstitute it....(full article)

MOSCOW - This month, a new topic for discussion appeared on the regulation.gov.ru website: it was about plans for "patriotism education" beginning in 2016. The authors of the plan,...(full article)

The quote on the wall for 2016 presidential hopefuls should be, “It’s our national security, stupid.” You wouldn’t get that feeling if you watched President Obama’s State...(full article)

As the U.S. continues to accuse the Kremlin of violating the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a new arms race between Moscow and Washington looms on the horizon...(full article)

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Europe's Shattered Dream of Order - Ivan Krastev, Foreign Affairs

How Putin Is Disrupting the 
Atlantic Alliance...

Lenin's Legacy Lives - Robert Person, Moscow Times

Today marks the 145th anniversary of Vladimir Lenin's birth. In an era that has witnessed the resurrection and rehabilitation of many Soviet symbols, it is worth devoting a moment ...

Russia's Growing Army of Censors - Andrei Sinitsyn, Moscow Times

Last Wednesday, the day before it was to begin appearing in Russian movie theaters, the authorities canceled screenings of the Hollywood film "Child 44" about a Soviet intelligence...

Russian Jews Should Heed History's Lessons - Alexei Bayer, J-Post

True, there is no state anti-Semitism in Russia. A wealthy Russian Jew I recently spoke to in Tel Aviv, who still has many business interests in Russia, pooh-poohed my concerns: Pr...

Germany's Sympathy for Russians - Markus Ziener, German Marshall Fund

BERLIN - The deployment of Pershing II missiles in the early 1980s by NATO to counter Soviet SS-20s led to widespread fears in Germany that the Cold War would escalate. Hundreds of...

The U.S. and Russia: Stumbling to War - Allison & Simes, National Interest

Could a U.S. response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine provoke a confrontation that leads to a U.S.-Russian war?...

A Neglected Siberia Is Burning - Aric Toler, Global Voices

Massive wildfires are burning across Siberia, most notably in the regions of Khakassia, where 23 have perished, and the Zabaikal region further east. It's been almost five years su...

Putin Aims to Create a New Empire - L. Todd Wood, Washington Times

From the beginning of Vladimir Putin’s reign, the West has been slow to recognize or admit the Russian president’s long-term intentions. Western leaders have underestim...

The Kremlin Overdoses on Aggression - Economist

Russia’s president is trapped by his own strident anti-Western rhetoric....

In Exile, Ready to Save Russia - Ilya Ponomarev, New York Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Early in the morning on Monday last week, a phone call woke me. It was a friend from Washington, a political consultant who follows Russia closely: “There’...

What the Ruble's Rebound Means - Jamila Trindle, Foreign Policy

Russia’s currency has strengthened more than any other this year. What does that mean for the West’s plan to pressure Moscow out of Ukraine?...

Russia's Most Daring Theater Company - Lucy Ash, BBC

A fearless Russian drama company has risen from the dead after being evicted from its premises in Moscow this winter. The eviction seemed at first to be a political death sentence,...

Where Does Hillary Stand on China, Russia? - Steve Clemons, Atlantic

It's unclear how she would manage two of America's most important and complex relationships....

Putin's Missiles Bolster Case for Iran Nuke Deal - Fred Kaplan, Slate

Russia’s offer to sell advanced air-defense missiles to Iran is regrettable and craven, but far from undermining the nuclear talks with Iran, as some Republican sen...

Explaining Russia's Missile Move With Iran - Dmitri Trenin, TNI

President Putin’s decision to lift the ban on the transfer of the S-300 air defense system to Iran signals a new departure for Moscow’s policy in the Middle East. Comin...

Stalin Rises From the Ashes in Putin's Russia - D. Hoffman, Moscow Times

A Levada Center poll published last month shows that a growing number of Russian citizens regard former Soviet leader Josef Stalin in a positive light. Forty-five percent of respon...

Putin's Dangerous Misreading of History - Lucian Kim, Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin stands smiling between George W. Bush and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder as the U.S. president reaches out to shake hands with Japanese Prime ...

EU Leaders Snub Moscow WWII Commemorations - C. Neef, Spiegel

On May 9, Russia is holding an enormous military parade to commemorate the end of World War II 70 years ago. With tensions between Russia and the West high...

The Danger of Russia's Decline - Joseph Nye, Project Syndicate

As Europe debates whether to maintain its sanctions regime against Russia, the Kremlin’s policy of aggression toward Ukraine continues unabated. Russia is in long-term declin...

Nordic Pact Spooks Russia - Andrew Rettman, EU Observer

The Kremlin has complained that a new Nordic defence pact is “directed against Russia” and amounts to a “confrontational approach” on the Ukraine crisis....

No Russian Gifts for Greece - Economist

IT HAS been five years since a Greek prime minister last visited Moscow in search of a handout. On that occasion, Dmitry Medvedev, then Russia’s president, bluntly told Georg...

Athens Toes the EU-Russia Line - George Tzogopoulos, ECFR

Along with its economic policies, the new Greek government’s foreign policies are also attracting attention. The alleged rapprochement between Greece and Russia has caused al...

Russia's Next Target: Moldova - Wall Street Journal

A military drill in another breakaway region—this time in Moldova....

Obama to Putin: Stop Hacking Me - Shane Harris, Daily Beast

The U.S. is calling out Russia for a ‘dramatic rise’ in cyber espionage against America. It’s part of a veiled threat to the Kremlin: We know what you’re do...

Is It So Wrong to Sell Nazi Toys? - Dan Peleschuk, Global Post

KYIV, Ukraine — Toy soldiers are all fun and games — but not when Nazis are involved, according to the Russian authorities....

Russia Loses Ground in the Middle East - Reva Bhalla, Stratfor

When a group of weary diplomats announced a framework for an Iranian nuclear accord last week in Lausanne, there was one diplomat in the mix whose feigned enthusiasm was hard to mi...

Greece and Hungary Endorse Russian Pipeline - A. Rettman, EU Observer

Greece and Hungary have endorsed plans to build a new Russian gas pipeline in the latest blow to EU unity over the Ukraine crisis....

Greece and Russia: Myth and Reality - E. Karagiannis, Moscow Times

The trip of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Moscow has provoked strong reactions from certain circles in Europe and the United States. Due to its Orthodox heritage, Greece i...

Russia's Navy Suffers Another Setback - Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

It happened again: A Russian nuclear submarine caught fire. Reports said that the blaze was a result of welding repairs on the vessel, christened the Orel, which was parked in a sh...

Russia, Putin Can Withstand Sanctions - Andrei Kolesnikov, Moscow Times

The Western approach to Russia is predicated on the supposition that continued pressure on the country will cause President Vladimir Putin's regime to make concessions or even crum...

Russia Eyes Iranian Arms Deal - Paul Saunders, Al-Monitor

Russian officials are promoting the prospect of major arms sales to Iran after the Lausanne agreement, but any such deals appear to be an impossibility in the near term....

New Political Realities in Mideast, Central Asia - F. Sisci, Asia Times

America’s nuclear deal with Iran creates a new political dimension in the Middle East and Central Asia. It’s important for the moment to focus on the general security p...

Ukraine and the Russia-China Axis - James D.J. Brown, The Diplomat

Current U.S. policy on the Ukraine crisis is driving Russia into China’s embrace....

Avoiding the Question of Kremlin Guilt on MH17 - Paul Gregory, Forbes

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), comprised of investigators from Belgium, Australia, Ukraine, Malaysia and the Netherlands, is charged with bringing the “perpetrators of t...

Russia's Quest for the Patriotism Gene - Filina & Zhurenkov, Kommersant

MOSCOW - Russian researchers say they've identified a "patriotism gene." And yes, compared to other nations, Mother Russia boasts a citizenry in which this gene is supposed to be q...

Is Russia Losing in Arms Export Markets? - Samuel Bendett, RCWorld

Despite recent reports that Russia, along with the United States and China, is a top military exporter, "Russian military equipment manufacturers are becoming less competitive in t...

Russia Has Become Morally Unhinged - Christian Neef, Der Spiegel

The murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov reveals that Russia has become morally unhinged. The country is transforming into a nationalist fortress and the powers that be ar...

Why So Many Russians Love Stalin Again - Dan Peleschuk, Global Post

He killed or imprisoned millions of his own people and lorded over one of the most repressive regimes in recent history. He’s also been dead more than 60 years.  ...

April Fools: France Sells Its Warships to Europe - A Rettman, EU Observer

France is to supply its Mistral warships to the EU foreign service instead of to Russia in a move designed to forge a “genuine European defence policy”....

Who Will Win the New Cold War? - George Bovt, Moscow Times

It looks like a new Cold War between Russia and the West is inevitable, even if the conflict in Ukraine remains "frozen" in its current form until at least this summer. It became c...

Russia's Next Phase in Its Hybrid War on Ukraine - M. Tucker, Newsweek

Pushing his baby daughter in a pram in front of him, 37-year-old Dmitriy Komyakov paused as marchers ahead adjusted their positions around a huge Ukrainian flag. It was a bright da...

Putin Huffs and Puffs, but It's All Hot Air - Charles Johnson, Ramen IR

In a throwback to the 1980s, Russia has recently made some bold statements about its nuclear arsenal. In a jingoistic documentary, Crimea: Road to the Motherland that aired on Russ...

Getting Russian Sanctions Wrong - Marlene Laruelle, Foreign Affairs

On March 11, 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department placed a new round of sanctions on 14 figures that Washington considers responsible for the conflict in Ukraine. Until now, sanction...

Putin Fights for Survival - John Simpson, New Statesman

Mikhail Vanin, the Russian ambassador to Denmark, looks like a shrewd little man, with fuzzy hair and sharp, Putin-like eyes behind rimless glasses. And he has quite a way with wor...

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

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