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Nordic Pact Spooks Russia

Andrew Rettman, EU Observer

Athens Toes the EU-Russia Line

George Tzogopoulos, ECFR

Obama to Putin: Stop Hacking Me

Shane Harris, Daily Beast

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 ...(full article)

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

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Russia's Next Target: Moldova - Wall Street Journal

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

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...

Putin Bootlickers Assemble in DC - James Kirchick, Daily Beast

The World Russia Forum was once a respectable affair. Now it’s just a nest of Putin apologists and has-beens and both. Dead Souls indeed....

Russian History Does the Twist - Maxim Trudolyubov, New York Times

Russia’s Victory Day, celebrated on May 9th, has for decades been its most unifying event of the year domestically and its least controversial holiday internationally. But be...

5 Reasons Russia Should Never Have Sold Alaska - Scheib, Moscow Times

When a large swath of land changed hands from Russia to the United States 148 years ago, both sides in the Alaska Purchase felt it was a good bargain....

Putin's War Has Become Putin's Crisis - John Lough, Newsweek

Russian President Vladimir Putin faces a formidable communications challenge because of the need to maintain domestic support for his actions in Ukraine—both among the elite ...

How Russia Could Unleash Yugoslavia 2.0 - V. Ryzhkov, Moscow Times

Moscow would play the role of Belgrade and the Russian people would play the role of the Serbs. The substantial Russian-speaking communities in many of the former Soviet republics ...

Congress in the Dark on Iran - Jeff Sessions, RCWorld

The UK has every right to join with who they want to. But I presume they'd like to continue to benefit from the American umbrella; our military power. Of the Europe-United States d...

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 ...

The Story of a Russian Soldier in Ukraine - E. Kostyuchenko, The Guardian

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...

NATO's New Perils - David Ignatius, Washington Post

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...

Yugoslavia Redux Courtesy of Russia - Vladimir Ryzhkov, Moscow Times

The annexation of Crimea, the war in eastern Ukraine, the recent large-scale military maneuvers by the Russian armed forces, the continuing increase in military outlays despite the...

Putin's Come-Hither Smile to Greece - Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

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...

Russia Keeps Close Watch on Yemen - Maxim Suchkov, Al Monitor

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

UK-Argentina Tensions Rise over Falklands - Harvey Morris, Time

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

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....

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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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