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The Story of a Russian Soldier in Ukraine

E. Kostyuchenko, The Guardian

NATO's New Perils

David Ignatius, Washington Post

Putin's Come-Hither Smile to Greece

Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

Russia Keeps Close Watch on Yemen

Maxim Suchkov, Al Monitor

Moscow denies its soldiers are crossing the border but 20-year-old conscript Dorji Batomunkuev, who was seriously injured near Donetsk, tells a different story. He talks to Elena K...(full article)

The NATO alliance seems stuck at a crossroads on Ukraine, unsure whether to move toward greater confrontation with Russia or accept the deadlocked “frozen conflict” tha...(full article)

It is not hard to understand why the Greek prime minister’s office might have chosen the eve of Alexis Tsipras’s meetings in Berlin to remind Europe of his standing inv...(full article)

Russia is not likely to get too involved in the Yemen crisis, preferring instead to monitor developments from afar and choose its allies carefully....(full article)

U.K increases defense spending on islands in response to Argentina's military investment....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Russia Plans to Resume Space Tourism - Rich McCormick, The Verge

The Russian state space agency, Roscosmos, has indicated that it plans to restart its space tourism program in 2018 to make up for the loss of its current contract with NASA. In a ...

China and Russia Wrestle in Central Asia - Arthur Guschin, The Diplomat

Until recently, Central Asia played only a modest role in world politics, a reflection of its economic weakness, domestic problems, and distrust of integration. Russia’s pres...

NATO Chief: Obama Isn't Stopping Russia - Yousseff & Mak, Daily Beast

The U.S. and its allies are giving nonlethal supplies to Ukraine—and punishing Putin financially. But that’s ‘not changing the results on the ground,’ NATO&...

The Fear of Being Gay in Russia - N. Fitzgerald & V. Ruvinsky, Politico

Putin's state has allowed violence against the Russian LGBT community to spike....

The Battle for Russia - Dominique Moisi, Project Syndicate

PARIS – When I heard the news about the assassination of the Russian politician Boris Nemtsov in Moscow, I was reminded of a conversation I once had with a Soviet dignitary b...

Crimea Is Still Ukraine - Petro Poroshenko, Wall Street Journal

The Russian annexation has robbed Ukrainian citizens on the peninsula of the right to live in their own state....

The Absurdity of Life in Moscow - Julia Smirnova, Ozy

In Russia, lying has become a traditional value without which the state cannot exist. Television constructed a parallel world in which fascists came to power in Ukraine, a Russian ...

Russia's Economy Is on the Rebound - Matthew Winkler, Bloomberg View

Sanctions meant to punish Russia for snatching Crimea from Ukraine one year ago were supposed to hurt Russian business. And they did. Russian stocks, bonds and commodities had the ...

Crimea: The Final Act of a Soviet Drama - Fyodor Lukyanov, Moscow Times

The one-year anniversary of the takeover of Crimea sparked renewed debate over what that means for Russia's history. Perhaps the main result is that it put a definitive end to the ...

John McCain on Russia's Next Move - Harry Kazianis, RealClearDefense

In an interview with RealClearDefense editor Harry Kazianis, Sen. John McCain explains the how he feels about new Russian government sanctions leveled against him and what Obama mu...

Putin Is in Good Standing in Much of the World - Nikolas Gvosdev, WPR

How do the crisis in Ukraine and the political situation in Russia look when viewed through the prism of Chinese media? The familiar Western narrative of Russian President Vladimir...

A U.S.-Iran Deal Could Sink Russia - Walter Russell Mead, American Interest

If sanctions are dropped, a flood of Iranian oil is likely to enter world markets as a cash starved Tehran tries to regain market share and bulk up its earnings....

Kremlin TV: Putin's 'Documentary' Rewrites History - L. Kim, Slate

Vladimir Putin ended his unexplained 10-day disappearance on Sunday night by beaming himself into the living rooms of his fellow citizens. The Russian president wasn’t any mo...

Can Putin Survive? - George Friedman, Stratfor

There is a general view that Vladimir Putin governs the Russian Federation as a dictator, that he has defeated and intimidated his opponents and that he has marshaled a powerful th...

NATO Response to Russia's Hybrid War - Buckley & Pascu, Atlantic Council

We warned last year (The Way to Avoid Wars: Article 5 and Strategic Reassurance Revisited) that any move by Russian forces into Eastern Ukraine would be highly destabilizing and ha...

Russia Puts NATO to the Test - David Ignatius, Washington Post

The language of the Cold War has returned with a vengeance, with renewed talk of nuclear alerts, alleged testing of medium-range nuclear missiles and worries about NATO’s def...

Crimea Goes Dark a Year After Annexation - Lagon & Polyakova, WSJ

On March 18, 2014, the Kremlin followed its illegal invasion of Crimea by officially annexing the peninsula. Crimea then faded from the headlines once Russia began its war in easte...

These Are Strange Times in Moscow - Georgy Bovt, Moscow Times

More than two weeks have passed since the murder of Boris Nemtsov, and investigators have already managed to report the initial results of their work. They have arrested five peopl...

Why Does Putin Continue to Confound the West? - Lee Hamilton, HuffPo

It's been more than a year since the Russian president authorized aggressive military action that led to the annexation of Crimea and the amassing of tens of thousands of Russian t...

Russia's Empty Nuclear Saber-Rattling - Steven Pifer, National Interest

Current Russian nuclear programs present no cause for undue alarm....

Revolution Haunts Dreams of Russians - Maxim Goryunov, Moscow Times

The authorities began speaking about the threat of a so-called "color revolution" even more frequently this past year despite the fact that, until the recent imposition of sanction...

Russia Was Ready to Raise Nuke Status Over Crimea - Heintz, AP

Russia was ready to bring its nuclear weapons into a state of alert during last year's tensions over the Crimean Peninsula and the overthrow of Ukraine's president, President Vladi...

Where on Earth Is Vladimir Putin? - Reid Standish, Foreign Policy

Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn’t been seen in public since March 5, and depending on whom you ask, he’s either dead, has had a stroke, has cancer, is being overthrown in...

What Happens if Putin Really Is Dead? - Amanda Taub, Vox

Rumors are swirling today about the possible illness — or even death — of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mainstream media outlets have reported that he may be sick. ...

Reason to Worry? Russia Wants a Super Carrier - James Holmes, RCD

Over at The National Interest last week, eagle-eyed editor Zachary Keck relayed the news that Russia has set out to construct an aircraft carrier roughly double the size of any it&...

Take the World Cup Away from Putin - Daniel Kochis, RealClearWorld

Such a decision would also hurt Putin's ability to keep his cronies flush with cash. Large public works projects are a wonderful way to siphon state funds into private pockets. Rus...

Why Would Anyone Shoot Boris Nemtsov? - Keith Gessen, LRB

It would be hard to imagine a less likely political martyr than Boris Nemtsov. He was loud, brash, boastful, vain and a tireless womaniser. My favourite story about him came from a...

PODCAST: Russia, Germany, and the new Geoeconomics - S. Szabo, GMF

Stephen F. Szabo, executive director of the Transatlantic Academy, provides background on his recently published book, Germany, Russia, and the Rise of Geo-Economics....

Russia Slams Door after Door on West - Ivan Sukhov, Moscow Times

Moscow's announcement this week that Russia would withdraw from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) hardly came as a surprise. It was just o...

Only United West Can Stop Putin - Shlomo Ben-Ami, Huffington Post

MADRID -- For some countries, military or political defeat is so intolerable, so humiliating, that they will do whatever it takes to overturn what they view as an unjust internatio...

Lithuanians Prepare for War - Gregory Feifer, Foreign Affairs

But they might have to. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has called the country’s massive neighbor to the east a “terrorist state.” The outspoken center-right leader i...

The Kremlin's Narrative on Nemtsov Falls Apart - Paul Gregory, Forbes

The publicity, outrage and internet scrutiny over the brazen murder of opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov, on the Kremlin’s own Bolshoi Moskvaretskoi Bridge on February 27 coul...

Explained: Russia's Military Options in Ukraine - Stratfor

Russia's current military position in Ukraine is very exposed and has come at a great cost relative to its limited political gains. The strategic bastion of Crimea is defensible as...

China's Lawless Path - Fred Hiatt, Washington Post

The biggest beneficiary of Vladimir Putin’s depredations, at least in the short term, may be China. It’s not just that, with his European markets constricting, Putin is easy p...

Russia and the West Still Live in Different Worlds - C. Gaddy, Brookings

The United States and the European Union have now both announced that they are extending the economic sanctions they first imposed against Russia in March 2014 for its actions in U...

Greece, Russia, and the Politics of Humiliation - Gideon Rachman, FT

Solving international conflicts may involve thinking as much about emotions as interests....

How NATO's Article V Works - Economist

Article 5 says that the response may include armed force, but it does not mandate it. All that NATO actually promises is to take “such action as it deems necessary” to ...

The Violent Deaths of Putin's Rivals - Jerusalem Post

During Vladimir Putin’s 15 years in power, an inordinate number of his opponents have met mysterious and violent deaths, all of which remain unsolved....

The Lada: Love and Hatred for a Classic Soviet Car - S. Bendett, RCWorld

In the latest season of House of Cards, the main character, fictional U.S. President Frank Underwood, meets his equally fictional Russian counterpart, President Viktor Petrov. The ...

German-American Unity Is Key to Beating Putin - Stephen Szabo, US News

One of the most important stories in the ongoing confrontation between the West and Russia has been that of Western unity. Despite a wide array of different histories, interests an...

Stunning Brutality in Moscow - Japan Times

The assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov is a stunning development even to the most jaded observers of that country’s politics. While it is not known who ...

Unleash NATO - Marik String, National Interest

The United States and its NATO allies continue to monitor the nearly collapsed “Minsk II” ceasefire over eastern Ukraine, with the threat of U.S. arms for Kyiv still looming. ...

Every Cold War Has Its Thaw - Pyotr Romanov, Moscow Times

Russia has experienced three or four serious crises in its relations with the West over the past 100 years. How did each of those Cold Wars end? With a thaw. How will this one end?...

'Ruxit' Is Real: Russia's Exit from Europe - Josef Janning, ECFR

Leaving aside a few brief moments in the Russian policy discourse of the 1990s, post-Soviet Russia has always thought of the country’s role as being with Europe, but not of E...

Eastern Europe's Civil Society after Nemtsov - J Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

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....

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  • 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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