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Regime change in Russia is inevitable, maybe imminent. But the West should not bet on that eventuality or make it a policy goal. The Russian people will rise up again, but the path...(full article)

The Iran deal has produced a level of mutual congratulations in the US-Russia relationship that, however mild, has not existed for some time. According to the White House, Presiden...(full article)

Human nature hasn’t changed one iota. Thugs like Vladimir Putin and Islamofascists like ISIS understand the bloody mathematics of power in the way the espresso-sippers refuse to....(full article)

The United States' decision to store heavy weapons in the Baltic states and several Eastern European countries in an attempt to ease their fears stemming from Russia’s interv...(full article)

Russia is making moves in the Middle East nuclear-energy game. It could be time for the United States to get involved, too....(full article)

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Putin's Looming Legitimacy Crisis - Robert Person, Moscow Times

Putin's "Ukraine bounce" will surely be subject to "political gravity": that which goes up will inevitably come down. It was not long ago that Putin's approval ratings were at thei...

Who Wants to Buy Russia's New Tank? - Samuel Bendett, RealClearWorld

Billed by Russians as the most advanced military system in the world today, it certainly impressed global audiences and experts....

Russian Hackers Target the Pentagon - Shane Harris, The Daily Beast

A sophisticated group of hackers, who earlier targeted the White House and State Department, have launched a stealth phishing campaign on the Pentagon....

Europe Risks Losing Moldova to Russia - Niels Van Wanrooij, GRI

Moldova, a country of 3.5 million on the brink of bankruptcy, risks becoming a failed state. This would increase instability on the EU's eastern borders by handing Russia another o...

Russia Has Little to Smile About with Iran Deal - The Nat'l Interest

Ever since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, relations with the United States and Europe have gotten increasingly tense. Russia’s sending bombers to test European and American...

What the Iran Deal Gives Away to Russia - L. Todd Wood, Wash Times

The world awoke to a nuclear deal with Iran as expected this morning. However, it seems Iran being allowed to develop and deploy a nuclear weapon was not the only development that ...

Russia Is not the Threat the West Thinks It Is - M. Galeotti, Moscow Times

Does Moscow have the desire to go to war with the United States? There seems no evidence that this is in the slightest degree true....

Russia Tries to Build a Terminator - Samuel Bendett, RealClearWorld

Military robotics and unmanned systems are gaining popularity across the globe. The United States is the leading developer and user of various unmanned air, land, and sea systems, ...

There Is No Way Out for Syria - John Gay, The National Interest

For more than four years, Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war. Around four million people have been uprooted. The nation’s cities have been reduced to rubble. Its ec...

A Competent Statesman Can Deal with Russia - Conrad Black, NY Sun

Russia can’t win a contest with the West....

India and Pakistan, in the Same Security Bloc? - F. Shaikh, Chatham House

India and Pakistan are expected to be simultaneously elevated to full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in 2016, as mooted at this week’s summit of th...

Do Other Countries Have Donald Trumps? - Adam Taylor, Wash Post

Trump is a product of American society, but he's not unique. His mixture of murky wealth, extreme arrogance and vulgar chauvinism can be found all over the world, albeit with local...

China Could Be the Bank, and Russia the Gun - R. Standish, Foreign Policy

In the past decade, Beijing and Moscow have been more competitors than partners. But that relationship may now be changing as Russian and Chinese leaders are considering combining ...

Is Putin's Eastward Pivot Fading? - L. Todd Wood, Washington Times

Recently, there was a huge uproar in Moscow about the long-term lease of Russian farmland to China on the Siberian border. The old fears of Chinese territorial expansion raised the...

If You Think of Putin, He Has Won - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Is President Vladimir Putin strong or weak? Is Russia a paper tiger or can it roar? This is suddenly a hot topic among Russia experts. It's fun to follow, but it's also depressing,...

The UN Still Can't Stop Civilian Slaughter - David Rohde, The Atlantic

With a wave of his hand on Wednesday morning, Russian United Nations Ambassador Vitaly Churkin sent the U.N. Security Council back in time....

The New Siege of Crimea - Thomas de Waal, The National Interest

Crimea is renowned for a history of enduring two long and brutal sieges of its most famous city, Sevastopol—in the Crimean War (1854-55) and in World War II....

Putin Has Good Reason to Fear Losing Control - Amanda Taub, Vox

This March, Russian President Vladimir Putin canceled a series of public appearances, and the world promptly seemed to lose its collective mind. Everyone from Russians on social me...

Caucasian Jihad - Economist

Islamic State is recruiting volunteers in the Caucasus. Russia may be letting them go....

Will the West Let Ukraine Die? - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

Ukrainian leaders, who see themselves fighting in defense of Western democracy against Putin’s imperialist autocracy, increasingly express bewilderment at their inability to ...

Russia Needs to Focus on ISIS, not Ukraine - N. Antonova, Moscow Times

Mainstream discourse in Russia these days is overwhelmingly dominated by Ukraine. Ukraine this. Ukraine that. Look, a Russian rock star waved a Ukrainian flag on stage — let'...

What Russians Crave: Cheese - Masha Gessen, New York Times

RIGHT across from Gate 21 in Heathrow’s Terminal 4 — the gate from which Aeroflot’s London-Moscow flight most often departs — sits the small shop of the Cav...

Could China or Russia Bail Out Greece? - Joshua Keating, Slate

It would be a mistake for Greece’s government to count on help from Russia (or China for that matter) if things take a turn for the worse with Europe. But it’s probably...

How the Islamic State Threatens Russia - Ivan Sukhov, Moscow Times

It might be a hackneyed metaphor to call a country a common home for all, but as long as discord reigns in your home, one group after another will continually claim rights to your ...

A Growing Russian Threat to the Nordics - Richard Orange, Global Post

It took until 10 a.m. on the third day of NATO’s annual naval exercise in the Baltic Sea before Sgt. Maj. Lasse Jensen picked up traces of the Russian spy plane he had been e...

Brzezinski: 'We Are Already In a Cold War' - Der Spiegel

Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski believes the West should stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. "We should make it more costly for the Rus...

Why Isn't Russia Part of Europe? - Pyotr Romanov, Moscow Times

It is no secret that many Western Europeans do not consider Russia a part of Europe. And they are right. They sometimes follow that statement with the atavistic...

Russian City Bans Yoga - Jay Michaelson, Daily Beast

Is yoga a spiritual practice or physical exercise? Depends on who you ask. But some Russians believe it's a cult and, taking the lead of Vladimir Putin’s revanchist movement,...

The Greek Crisis: So Much More than Money - Robert D. Kaplan, WSJ

Greece was critical to the Cold War policy of Soviet containment. It is no less so in the age of Putin....

Russia's Eurasian Economic Union Is in Trouble - Luke Rodeheffer, GRI

Russia and Kazakhstan officials claim there is no trade war between their two countries, but the behavior of the two governments follows a pattern of trade disputes between post-So...

Should Russians Fear Chinese Colonization? - A. Gabuev, Moscow Times

The news that Russia's Zabaikalsky region would grant 115,000 hectares of land to the Chinese company Huae Xinban under a 49-year lease stirred up a maelstrom of anxiety in Russia....

The West Is Too Paranoid About Russia's 'Infowar' - Moscow Times

Never mind the old missile gap, what about the meme gap? There is something of a panic in the West that it is "losing the information war" with Russia. On one level, this may be tr...

Russia: Baltic States Were Created Illegally - Samuel Bendett, RCWorld

Let there be no more doubt about how badly Russia is still smarting from the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1990-1991. Anyone still questioning the power of Russian grievance n...

Why the World Is Back in Love With the US - Spalding & Lowther, Diplomat

Allies and partners are looking to the United States in ways not seen since the Cold War....

Russians Lash Out at US Gay Marriage Ruling - Monaghan, Moscow Times

A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church has called on all those who idolize the American democratic model to take a hard look at themselves after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled t...

Found: Russian Military Base Inside Ukraine - Pierre Voux, Dly Beast

Aerial footage finds smoking-gun evidence of Russian army involvement in the conflict. More war is inevitable....

How World War III Became Possible - Max Fisher, Vox

It was in August 2014 that the real danger began, and that we heard the first warnings of war. That month, unmarked Russian troops covertly invaded eastern Ukraine, where the separ...

NATO Boss: Putin's Not Done in Ukraine - Stewart & Croft, Reuters

BRUSSELS—The top military officer for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said he sees evidence that Russia is building an effective supply system to strengthen its ability to...

Putin's Counter-Revolutionary Russia - Roger Cohen, New York Times

TALLOIRES, France — For much of the 20th century Russia was a revolutionary state whose objective was the global spread of communist ideology. In the 21st century it has beco...

Andrei Sakharov's Enduring Relevance - Foreign Affairs

In the decades since Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan began working together to end the Cold War, much has changed. Science and technology have reshaped global communication, fi...

Russia's Pivot to China Is Real - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

The search for alternative investors and markets has been a political priority for President Vladimir Putin and his government since Western countries imposed economic sanctions on...

A Saudi-Russia Energy Partnership? - Gaurav Agnihotri, Oil Price

What happens when two nations, that together account for more than fourth quarter of global oil production, begin collaborating on future energy projects?   Russian President ...

A Byzantine Coup in St. Petersburg - Maxim Trudolyubov, Politico EU

St. Petersburg has seen an attempted liberal coup. At least, that’s how one might describe a debate that began late last week at the St. Petersburg International Economi...

Russia Could Make or Break Iran Deal - Lynch & Hudson, FP

Washington wants to make sure the world will reimpose sanctions the second Tehran violates the terms of its agreement. But will Moscow surrender its treasured U.N. veto?...

The IMF Bows to Putin on Ukraine - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Russia appears to have found an unlikely ally in the International Monetary Fund....

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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