WorldViews: Russia


Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 04/28/2014

13 times that economic sanctions really worked

Sanctions are being used to punish Putin’s elite, but how often have they actually worked?

By Adam Taylor  |  02:51 PM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Putin, Russia, Sanctions

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 04/25/2014

Russia hijacks U.S. State Department’s Ukraine hashtag

The Russian foreign ministry’s English language Twitter account trolls the U.S. State Department

By Ishaan Tharoor  |  12:42 PM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Diplomacy, Russia, twitter, ukraine

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 04/24/2014

These anti-Russian leaflets are being dropped from helicopters over eastern Ukraine

“Dear Peaceful Citizens of Kramatorsk and Slovyansk!” The leaflets read. “Here are your instructions on how to SURVIVE in the territories where Russian terrorists act.”

By William Booth  |  02:25 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Slovyansk, ukraine

Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 04/21/2014

Russia’s ‘Mark Zuckerberg’ says he’s been ousted from his company by Putin-linked oligarches

Pavel Durov had a reputation as a champion of free speech.

By Adam Taylor  |  06:46 PM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pavel Durov, Russia, VK, VKontakte

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 04/21/2014

Russia’s new plan for Crimea: Vegas on the Black Sea?

Despite the fact Putin banned gambling years ago.

By Adam Taylor  |  10:56 AM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Gambling, Putin, Russia

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 04/18/2014

‘Novorossiya,’ the latest historical concept to worry about in Ukraine

Putin’s historical aside shouldn’t go unnoticed.

By Adam Taylor  |  12:22 PM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New Russia, Novorossiya, ukraine, Vladimir Putin

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Putin told Edward Snowden that Russia doesn’t use mass surveillance on its citizens. Here’s a reality check.

Russian analysts casts doubt on Putin’s claims.

By Adam Taylor  |  11:52 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Edward Snowden, Putin, Russia, Snowden, Vladimir Putin

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 04/16/2014

How McDonald’s went from hero to zero in Russia

62 percent of Russians reportedly want it out of the country.

By Adam Taylor  |  11:53 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Food, McDonald's, Moscow, Russia

Posted at 09:23 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Is satellite imagery revealing a Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s borders?

Evaluating the evidence released by NATO.

By Adam Taylor and Gene Thorp  |  09:23 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, NATO, Russia, Satellite Imagery, ukraine

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Putin’s official income took a hit in 2013

But no, you’re probably not richer than him.

By Adam Taylor  |  02:02 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Vladimir Putin

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 04/09/2014

No, Russia isn’t about to invade Finland and Sweden

But stories of Russian aggression reflect a changing situation.

By Adam Taylor  |  10:51 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Finland, Russia, Sweden

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Why Donetsk isn’t Crimea, in two maps

Some perspective.

By Adam Taylor  |  05:31 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Donetsk, Russia, ukraine

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 04/07/2014

So, is Donetsk the next Crimea?

The eastern Ukrainian city is declared the Donetsk People’s Republic.“

By Adam Taylor  |  11:04 AM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Donetsk, Russia, ukraine

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 04/04/2014

George W. Bush’s painting of Vladimir Putin is great. Here’s why.

It involves a story about a dog.

By Adam Taylor  |  12:49 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George W. Bush, Paintings, Russia, Vladimir Putin

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 04/03/2014

Russia’s deputy PM on U.S. sanctions: ‘Send me your teeth ground in impotent rage’

Dmitry Rogozin says he hasn’t been hurt.

By Adam Taylor  |  03:50 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dmitry Rogozin, Russia, Sanctions

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 04/01/2014

The simple way Google Maps could side-step its Crimea controversy

We see one thing, but Russia could see another.

By Adam Taylor  |  09:50 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Maps, Russia, ukraine

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 03/31/2014

The surprising political importance of Crimea’s shift to Moscow time

Clocks are a political issue in Russia.

By Adam Taylor  |  12:04 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Russia, Time, ukraine

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 03/28/2014

White House and Kremlin seem to have different recollections of Obama-Putin call

Official statements paint contrasting pictures.

By Adam Taylor  |  06:13 PM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, Putin, Russia, U.S., Vladimir Putin

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 03/27/2014

How scary is Putin’s Russia compared to the Soviet Union? This chart has some answers

Russia is a diminished power.

By Adam Taylor  |  04:01 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 03/22/2014

These photographs show the dramatic standoff at Belbek air base in Crimea today

Russian forces used armored vehicles to break into the Ukranian air base.

By Anup Kaphle  |  12:48 PM ET, 03/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Russia, ukraine

Posted at 10:35 PM ET, 03/07/2014

Crimea is not Scotland

Two independence referendums that are very different.

By Adam Taylor  |  10:35 PM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Russia, Scotland

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 03/06/2014

A referendum in Crimea? Keep these 5 charts in mind

A vote to join Russia isn’t preordained.

By Adam Taylor  |  04:05 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Russia, ukraine

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 03/06/2014

With Ukraine in crisis, Russia and America try a new diplomatic tactic: online trolling

Tweets and blogs to push the message.

By Adam Taylor  |  09:49 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, State Department, twitter, ukraine

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 03/05/2014

RT journalist quits live on air, citing Russian intervention in Crimea

Liz Wahl refuses to work for Russian broadcaster anymore.

By Adam Taylor  |  06:28 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  RT, Russia, Russia Today

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 03/05/2014

Hillary Clinton’s Hitler comparison and the troublesome tradition it fits into

It goes back decades.

By Adam Taylor  |  01:03 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hillary Clinton, History, Nazi, Russia, ukraine

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 03/04/2014

The simplest question in Ukraine’s crisis: How do you pronounce Crimea?

Cry-me-a-river.

By Adam Taylor  |  04:56 PM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Russia, ukraine

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 03/04/2014

A brief rundown of Vladimir Putin’s strange, rambling press conference

“They sit there across the pond as if in a lab running all kinds of experiments on the rats.“

By Adam Taylor  |  09:16 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Russia, ukraine, Vladimir Putin

Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 03/03/2014

The man behind the Magnitsky Act explains why now is the time to go after the Russian elite’s assets

Bill Browder says Putin could even be a target.

By Adam Taylor  |  07:07 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Magnitsky Act, Putin, Russia, Vladimir Putin

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 03/03/2014

Ukraine’s military is far smaller than Russia’s, but there are 3 reasons it might not be so easy to crush

It’s not all about the numbers.

By Adam Taylor  |  03:40 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Russia, ukraine

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 03/02/2014

Remember Vladimir Putin’s New York Times op-ed? Let’s revisit it

When Putin wrote his New York Times op-ed in September, he was warning that exceptionalism could easily lead to overreach. It’s a fair point, but Putin, apparently, can’t take his own advice.

By Adam Taylor  |  03:30 PM ET, 03/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Putin, Russia, ukraine

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 02/26/2014

This map helps put Russia’s military moves near Ukraine in perspective

Should we be spooked?

By Adam Taylor  |  06:19 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Russia, ukraine

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 02/26/2014

The colorful history of this Soviet monument in Bulgaria, and why it angers Russia

For Russia, history matters.

By Adam Taylor  |  10:24 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bulgaria, Russia, Soviet

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Ukrainians keep pulling down Soviet statues. Now Russia is getting angry.

Estimates that more than 100 statues have been pulled down.

By Adam Taylor  |  10:29 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Lenin, Russia, Statues, ukraine

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 02/22/2014

The battle for Kiev may well be over, but is the battle for Crimea about to begin?

Some 60 percent of people in the region are ethnically Russian.

By Adam Taylor  |  04:43 PM ET, 02/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crimea, Russia, ukraine

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 02/20/2014

Why a new Pussy Riot video is more surprising than you might think

Pussy Riot releases a new video that takes aim at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

By Adam Taylor  |  09:48 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pussy Riot, Russia, Sochi, Vladimir Putin

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Yes, Americans hate on Russia too much. This ‘Daily Show’ segment proves it.

In 2009, they spoofed American misconceptions of Iran. Can it work again in Moscow?

By Max Fisher  |  10:35 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 02/07/2014

This parody song perfectly captures what’s hilarious about Sochi problems

‘Sochi Sucks’ is the ultimate Phil Collins-parody anthem for Olympic mishaps.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:56 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Viral Twitter account rounds up all of Sochi’s problems

But take them with a grain of salt -- some of the pictures are misleading.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:02 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 02/06/2014

People also thought South Africa wouldn’t be ready for the World Cup

Worries that South Africa couldn’t finish hotels in time turned out to be wrong. Is Sochi different?

By Max Fisher  |  02:55 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, South Africa

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 02/05/2014

15 signs that Russia is not very ready for the Olympics

You thought the stray dogs and floorless hotel rooms were bad.

By Caitlin Dewey and Max Fisher  |  12:40 PM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Journalists at Sochi are live-tweeting their hilarious and gross hotel experiences

“My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, ‘do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous.’“

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:37 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Americans don’t want Olympics in Russia — but not because they care about human rights

Americans are very concerned about security issues. Gay and political rights, not so much.

By Max Fisher  |  12:06 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 01/30/2014

9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask

Yes, the first question is “What is Ukraine?“

By Max Fisher  |  07:30 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  9 questions, Russia, ukraine

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Envious of Ukraine, Russians are circulating this satirical map of Russia

A spoof of the Ukrainian protest maps circling the web.

By Kathy Lally  |  08:45 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, Russia, ukraine

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 01/20/2014

This photo shows Russia may have a toilet problem in Sochi

No, not a scarcity of toilets - too many of them.

By Kathy Lally  |  11:06 AM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Why do the Sochi Olympics have rainbow uniforms, and other Russian mysteries

What does Putin mean when he advises gay men and women to leave kids alone at the Sochi Olympics?

By Kathy Lally  |  01:39 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 12/23/2013

Freed Pussy Riot member: ‘This is not an amnesty. This is a hoax and a PR move.’

Maria Alekhina says she would rather have remained in prison.

By Max Fisher  |  09:55 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Amazing details from the drunken Moscow bender that got an Air Force general fired

Maj. Gen. Michael Carey drank heavily and often on his official trip to Russia.

By Max Fisher  |  05:47 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, U.S. Military

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 12/19/2013

Putin on Obama: ‘I envy him because he can do something like this and get away with it’

Some of the Russian leader’s choice quotes on Obama, Snowden and the NSA.

By Terri Rupar  |  10:59 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 12/19/2013

Why is Putin pardoning so many high-profile political prisoners? (Hint: Sochi)

The pardons undercut Western criticism without actually changing the Russian system.

By Max Fisher  |  10:41 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Why Vladimir Putin is WorldViews’ Person of the Year

The Russian leader most influenced foreign news this year.

By Max Fisher  |  04:41 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Russia is already using Iran talks to try to extract something for itself

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is the world’s top geopolitical troll.

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Russia

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Why South Korea’s media are furious with Vladimir Putin

The Russian leader went to South Korea to build closer ties. It didn’t work out so well.

By Max Fisher  |  01:32 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, South Korea

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 10/03/2013

What Moscow's recent election says about democracy in authoritarian states

In last month's Moscow mayoral election, the puzzle may be why the incumbent, Sergei Sobyanin, permitted a relatively open election.

By Joshua Tucker  |  04:17 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Monkey Cage, Russia

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 09/23/2013

For once, the U.N. General Assembly actually matters. Here are eight big reasons why.

WORLDVIEWS | There’s a lot at stake in New York, from detente with Iran to NSA spying.

By Max Fisher  |  05:36 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Russia, Syria

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 09/19/2013

John McCain’s self-defeating Pravda op-ed can only help Putin

The Republican senator fired back at Putin’s New York Times column.

By Max Fisher  |  02:07 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Russian official blames Navy Yard shooting on ‘American exceptionalism’

“Nobody’s even surprised anymore,” writes Duma foreign affairs chief Alexei Pushkin.

By Max Fisher  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Everything is a negotiation: How to understand the Obama-Putin-Assad standoff

While it may look messy, the Obama-Putin-Assad standoff is actually just standard diplomacy. And it’s working.

By Max Fisher  |  02:21 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Syria

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 09/13/2013

Is it possible that Putin wrote the New York Times op-ed himself?

The answer would be an easy “no” if not for this one strange paragraph.

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Vladimir Putin’s New York Times op-ed, annotated and fact-checked

The Russian president made a direct appeal to Americans. Here’s a look between the lines.

By Max Fisher  |  12:06 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Syria

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 09/10/2013

This is the hard part: Getting that Syria plan through the United Nations

It all comes down to whether the world can agree on how to hold Assad accountable.

By Max Fisher  |  05:20 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Syria

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Yes, Russia might oppose its own Syria plan. Here’s why.

Russia’s threat to block its own proposal for removing Syrian chemical weapons might not be as bad as it seems.

By Max Fisher  |  01:36 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Syria

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Russia urges Syria to give up chemical weapons. Game changer or a shrewd bluff?

Even if Russia's proposal for Syria is just a diversion, it's a sign that Obama's approach is actually working.

By Max Fisher  |  11:38 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Syria

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 09/05/2013

The four reasons Russia won’t give up Syria, no matter what Obama does

President Obama might want to talk Putin out of backing Assad, but he probably can't.

By Max Fisher  |  11:30 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Syria

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 08/28/2013

Painting of Putin in a negligee seized by Russian police; artist flees the country

A controversial art gallery runs afoul of a law against insulting the authorities.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:13 PM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 08/09/2013

The Putin slouch

President Obama played down the idea that his relationship with Putin has deteriorated.

By Max Fisher  |  04:20 PM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 08/09/2013

Olympic Committee pressuring Russia over anti-gay law, but don't expect a boycott

The chief Olympic body appears bent on protecting Sochi athletes, not pushing to end the law itself.

By Max Fisher  |  03:16 PM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 08/08/2013

How much is Putin really in charge of the Snowden crisis?

Is the Russian leader deftly maneuvering the NSA leaker in a chess match against Obama, or just reacting?

By Max Fisher  |  02:14 PM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 08/07/2013

The photo that perfectly sums up Obama's relationship with Putin

This June shot of the Russian leader photobombing his American counterpart serves as a nice metaphor.

By Max Fisher  |  03:46 PM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 08/07/2013

Why the U.S.-Russia 'reset' is falling part: not enough incentive to hold it together

The reset may have been doomed not by high tensions but by low stakes.

By Max Fisher  |  12:42 PM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 08/07/2013

Read and watch: Obama talks about Putin, Snowden and terror threats on Jay Leno

Transcript and video highlights from an interview with lots of foreign policy and national security talk.

By Max Fisher  |  08:46 AM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, National Security, Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 08/05/2013

Here's why Lady Gaga is shouting at Russia on Twitter

The pop star is outraged over Moscow's law against "gay propaganda," but visa issues may also play a role.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:17 PM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 08/01/2013

Russians show only passing interest in Snowden affair, Web analytics find

Web searches for the NSA leaker have been declining and are eclipsed by domestic political issues.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:23 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 08/01/2013

Russian asylum law leaves Snowden few paths to permanent shelter

Only 7 percent of refugee applicants are approved. No one has been granted political asylum in the past five years.

By Max Fisher  |  12:01 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 08/01/2013

U.S. senators see setback in U.S.-Russia reset after Snowden asylum

On Twitter, McCain, Ayotte and Menendez criticized Russia's decision to grant Snowden temporary asylum.

By Lindsey Cook  |  11:50 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 08/01/2013

Here's a picture of Snowden's new Russian transit papers

"He's planning to arrange his life here."

By Max Fisher  |  09:43 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 07/31/2013

Edward Snowden's father says he still can't communicate directly with his son

In an interview with the Post, Lon Snowden says his son should stay in Russia.

By Max Fisher  |  11:23 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 07/30/2013

The real reason boycotting Russian vodka is unlikely to improve gay rights

Western activists hope to pressure the country to improve gay rights, but that could risk backfiring.

By Max Fisher  |  12:29 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 07/24/2013

Snowden said to be preparing for a life in Russia. Maybe permanently?

Russian media says the NSA leaker will be allowed to leave the airport, and his lawyer says he plans to seek a job.

By Max Fisher  |  09:05 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 07/19/2013

A Moscow court has released Navalny. What happens next?

There are two unanswered questions in the case. Here are the possible answers.

By Max Fisher  |  12:15 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 06:17 AM ET, 07/13/2013

The White House is turning up the pressure on Moscow over Snowden. Will it make any difference?

Snowden isn't in the driver's seat anymore; that ended the moment he landed in Moscow.

By Max Fisher  |  06:17 AM ET, 07/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 07/12/2013

Full text of Snowden's new statement: I had 'the power to change people's fates'

The NSA leaker called efforts to extradite him "a threat to us all."

By Max Fisher  |  11:47 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 07/12/2013

Russia's human rights commissioner: Snowden considers himself a patriot

"I want the U.S. to succeed," Snowden said in Moscow on Friday.

By Max Fisher  |  11:01 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 07/12/2013

Snowden wants asylum in Russia, but can he stick to Putin's terms?

Putin has said Snowden would have to stop leaks "aimed at inflicting damage on our American partners."

By Max Fisher  |  10:27 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 08:22 AM ET, 07/12/2013

Snowden, in e-mail to human rights groups, announces meeting and assails U.S. 'escalation'

The e-mail says he will speak about his situation to human rights groups at 5 p.m. local time in Moscow (9 a.m. Eastern time).

By Max Fisher  |  08:22 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Turns out that Aeroflot flight to Havana is diverting because of turbulence over Greenland

At least three other Westbound trans-Atlantic flights are taking a similarly unusual path over the ocean.

By Max Fisher  |  12:42 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Snowden watch: Today's Moscow-Havana flight taking a very odd detour that avoids the U.S.

It might be for other reasons, but some are naturally wondering if the flight is carrying NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

By Max Fisher  |  12:05 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 07/09/2013

Snowden's five dubious options for getting to Venezuela

Looking these over, it's easy to wonder whether Snowden will ever get out of Moscow.

By Max Fisher  |  03:38 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 07/02/2013

Edward Snowden's father, in letter, compares son to Paul Revere, assails administration

The letter pledged to “educate the American people about the impending ruination of the Constitution.”

By Max Fisher  |  03:25 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 07/02/2013

Stunning video of Russian rocket crash in Kazakhstan

Another spectacular setback for the country's space program.

By Max Fisher  |  09:31 AM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kazakhstan, Russia

Posted at 07:43 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Some see Julian Assange's hand in new Snowden statement

The first word from Snowden in eight days reads an awful lot like the Wikileaks founder's work non-American English and all.

By Max Fisher  |  07:43 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Snowden, in new statement, accuses Obama of using 'old, bad tools of political aggression'

The NSA leaker's first public message in eight days charged that the U.S. is "afraid of an informed, angry public."

By Max Fisher  |  06:14 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Snowden's mission, ideals have been subsumed by international politics

The same idealism that led Snowden to release U.S. secrets may have landed him in Moscow and under Putin's thumb.

By Max Fisher  |  01:56 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Ecuador, Iceland, Russia

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Snowden's only safe choice may be to stay in Russia indefinitely

Other options, from Ecuador to Iceland, pose very real risks. Why Russia is a very special case.

By Max Fisher  |  10:35 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/26/2013

Here's what happens to asylum-seekers who stay in airport limbo indefinitely

In 2007, an Iranian dissident and her two young children also found themselves stuck in the Sheremetyevo Airport limbo.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Edward Snowden, Vladimir Putin and the limits of American diplomacy

Why can't the United States compel Russia to extradite such a highly sought fugitive?

By Max Fisher  |  02:41 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Reporters who chased Snowden to Havana now enjoying unexpected tropical vacations

As one Finnish journalist observed, Snowden might still be in Moscow -- but it's 88 degrees in Havana today.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:37 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Russia's own visa rules say Moscow has had legal right to seize Snowden for past 24 hours

Putin and his foreign minister say they can't touch someone in the "transit zone," but that hasn't been true since Monday.

By Max Fisher  |  12:23 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Snowden's Russia problem: Why a libertarian activist made friends with authoritarian states

How did the NSA leaker end up working with governments that represent everything he says he opposes?

By Max Fisher  |  02:37 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ecuador, Russia

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 06/24/2013

As many as 24 journalists trailed Snowden on Havana flight, but he's not on it

"Standing next to Edward Snowden's seat on flight to Cuba," the AP's Max Seddon tweeted. "He ain't here."

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:07 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 06/13/2013

In case you weren't clear on Russia Today's relationship to Moscow, Putin clears it up

Russia's president says the network "cannot help but reflect the Russian government's official position."

By Max Fisher  |  12:14 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 06/13/2013

Vladimir Putin defends the U.S. on spying programs, drones and Occupy Wall Street

"That's the way it's done in the U.S., and that's the way it's done in Russia."

By Max Fisher  |  11:20 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Russia

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Video: Russian President Vladimir Putin tries out his English

In two and a half minute speech, the Russian president makes a case for Yekaterinburg to host the World Expo.

By Anup Kaphle  |  12:13 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Vladimir Putin

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 06/11/2013

If asked, Moscow says, it would consider granting Edward Snowden asylum

"The U.S. would be hysterical," one Russian official wrote on Twitter.

By Kathy Lally  |  08:39 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Putin's wife, a former flight attendant, cites 'problems with flying' in announcing divorce

The Russian first lady offers a difficult-to-believe explanation for splitting with the president.

By Max Fisher  |  03:22 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 05/24/2013

Massive Russian earthquake felt 4,000 miles from epicenter

People in nine time zones felt their houses sway, but Russian authorities report little to no damage

By Will Englund  |  11:11 AM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/23/2013

Should the U.S. allow companies to 'hack back' against foreign cyber spies?

A special commission suggests allowing corporations to take the fight to hackers, but the risks could be substantial.

By Max Fisher  |  10:45 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security, Russia

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 05/16/2013

27-year-old CIA wig resurfaces in Moscow spy case

WORLDVIEWS | In the latest bizarre twist, a literal relic of the Cold War may have reappeared in Russia.

By Will Englund  |  10:53 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 05/16/2013

Map: How the world voted on a U.N. resolution for political transition in Syria

It's revealing to look at the 12 countries that voted in Syria's favor and the 59 that abstained.

By Max Fisher  |  06:31 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Maps, Russia, Syria, United Nations

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 05/14/2013

5 signs there's something fishy about the alleged CIA spy arrested in Moscow

Why would a CIA agent carry a self-incriminating letter offering outlandish sums for little return?

By Max Fisher  |  01:05 PM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Russian social media users express anger, skepticism at arrest of alleged CIA spy

This is "just a way to stir interest in adapting the series 'Homeland,'" one man wrote.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:57 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Here's the spy recruitment letter allegedly found on CIA agent in Moscow

The note offers $1 million a year to spy for the United States.

By Max Fisher  |  10:41 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Photos, video of alleged American CIA spy's arrest in Moscow

It's not clear who filmed the arrest or how Russian media got this so quickly.

By Max Fisher  |  10:19 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 05/07/2013

Is Russia's social network chief really a free speech martyr?

The head of the popular, Facebook-like site VK is on the run from state security.

By Will Englund  |  11:18 AM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 05/06/2013

The strange, conspiracy-filled case of 'Russia's Mark Zuckerberg'

Russian security forces and hostile investors with Kremlin ties have sent the founder of Russia's Facebook into hiding

By Caitlin Dewey  |  08:31 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 04/30/2013

Turkish airline, wary of unruly passengers, may ban alcohol on flights from Russia

An Istanbul-based airline says it's had too many incidents with over-imbibing tourists.

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Turkey

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 04/29/2013

A family's journey: The story of the Tsarnaevs and their life-changing travels, in one chart

Following the brothers accused of the Boston bombings and their parents across continents.

By Max Fisher  |  10:51 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 04/27/2013

Russia caught bomb suspect on wiretap

U.S. officials said Saturday that Russian authorities secretly recorded a conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, an Associated Press report says.

By Washington Post editors  |  06:01 PM ET, 04/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Russia

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 04/25/2013

Putin's 9 most notable quotes from in his five-hour Q&A

Putin criticized U.S. handling of the Tsarnaev case, the Magnitsky Act and the Iraq war in a wide-ranging interview on Russian TV

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:40 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 04/24/2013

The obscure Russian jihadist whom Tamerlan Tsarnaev followed online

What does it say that the Boston bombing suspect knew about a low-ranking insurgent officer named Gadzhimurad Dolgatov?

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:52 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Video: Tamerlan Tsarnaev's teacher in Kyrgyzstan says he was affected by Chechen conflict

Old friends and neighbors in the Tsarnaev's Central Asian hometown mostly say the boys seemed perfectly normal.

By Max Fisher  |  01:33 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kyrgyzstan, Russia

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Boston bombing suspects: What the Kyrgyzstan connection means

The story of how Chechens ended up in this Central Asian state is a microcosm of Chechnya's larger story.

By Max Fisher  |  04:10 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kyrgyzstan, Russia

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 04/19/2013

9 questions about Chechnya and Dagestan you were too embarrassed to ask

Yes, the first question is, "What are Chechnya and Dagestan?"

By Max Fisher  |  01:47 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Chechen president on Boston suspects: 'Look for the roots of their evil in America'

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov posted an Instagram statement to downplay any Chechen connection.

By Max Fisher  |  12:13 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Leaked video shows Vladimir Putin berating cabinet ministers

The allegedly secret footage was released hours before Medvedev gave an important speech.

By Max Fisher  |  04:38 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 04/05/2013

Map pinpointing the seismic activity just detected along the Russia-North Korea border

The event occurred at exactly two seconds after midnight, local time.

By Max Fisher  |  10:41 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, Russia

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/25/2013

A bailout for Cyprus, a geopolitical failure for Russia

Moscow tried to coerce its way back into Europe, but the old strategies that served it so well are no longer effective.

By Max Fisher  |  12:30 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyprus, europe, Russia

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Russian analyst: Moscow believes Washington is gripped by 'strategic insanity'

Fyodor Lukyanov on the lessons that he says Russia drew from the Iraq War.

By Max Fisher  |  03:14 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Russia, Syria

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 03/11/2013

Today's Reads: An awkward moment in Kabul, the 'Invisible Children' comic book

Drama at the Bolshoi, cross-cultural weddings, more

By Max Fisher  |  09:24 AM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, China, Russia, Today's Reads, Yemen

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 03/06/2013

Russian dancer behind the Moscow acid attack performed in D.C.

The brutal attack has riveted observers in Moscow, who "consider the Bolshoi Ballet a cultural jewel emblematic of their city and its treasures."

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:48 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Russian parliament member says meteor was actually a U.S. weapons test

Vladimir Zhirinovsky loves to say crazy, anti-Western things, and he found a great opportunity today.

By Max Fisher  |  11:35 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Conspiracy theories already flourishing in Russia about meteor explosion

An alien invasion? The end of days? An oddly placed U.S. nuclear test?

By Max Fisher  |  11:11 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Why are there so many dash-cam videos of the meteor?

Because Russian drivers are terrifying.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:59 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Stunning amateur videos of the Russian meteor explosion

These are some of the best videos of the meteor's descent and the explosions it set off.

By Max Fisher  |  09:20 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 02/13/2013

The 11 foreign policy takeaways from Obama's State of the Union

Less Afghanistan and Syria, more cyber security and drones, outreach to Iran and more.

By Max Fisher  |  11:33 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, C.I.A., Cyber Security, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 01/31/2013

HRW: Worst year for human rights in Russia since the USSR collapsed

We can't be silent about the situation in Russia today, the organization said.

By Will Englund  |  10:53 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 01/31/2013

How Israel's air strike could help Syria

Nothing brings wary allies together like a common enemy.

By Max Fisher  |  10:19 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, Russia, Syria

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Keep it down: Russia is recovering from a giant hangover

New measures aim to keep the world's most storied drinkers on the moderate side.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:01 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 01/14/2013

The controversy in Russia over adoptions ban: 'Everyone's talking about it'

Will Englund, a Post correspondent in Moscow, discusses what effect the ban and its backlash are having on Russian politics.

By Max Fisher  |  10:04 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/03/2013

Why Depardieu has a friend in Putin

Putin grants Russian citizenship to the French actor Gerard Depardieu.

By Will Englund  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 12/28/2012

The real reason Russia wants to ban adoptions by 'dangerous' American families

Russians support the ban almost three-to-one, based on a widespread and mistaken belief that children are less safe in the U.S.

By Max Fisher  |  11:19 AM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 12/27/2012

Russia is one of the most popular countries for U.S. adoptions

The Russian ban would seriously impact U.S. families seeking an international adoption.

By Olga Khazan  |  05:51 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 12/27/2012

Why are other countries wary of American adoptions?

Russia's not the first country to put limits on Americans who want to take in foreign children.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:08 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Vladimir Putin holds a marathon news conference

The Russian president's marathon session was notably harsher in tone.

By Michael Birnbaum  |  01:19 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 12/19/2012

A Russian journalist sees American football for the first time

The 27-year-old Pravda reporter writes about what makes America's sports culture unusual.

By Max Fisher  |  01:35 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Russia

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 12/17/2012

CIA officially denies that it is trying to erase a letter from the Russian alphabet

An 80-year-old former engineer, at the heart of a growing campaign to revitalize a fading letter, accuses the CIA of working against him.

By Max Fisher  |  03:26 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 12/14/2012

Russia's UN ambassador calls Susan Rice 'one tough individual'

Vitaly Churkin joked that he will request "double pay" if Rice stays on at the United Nations.

By Max Fisher  |  09:25 AM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy, United Nations

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 12/13/2012

Writing on the wall: Why world leaders now foresee Assad's fall

Moscow for the first time acknowledged that he might fall, the NATO chief says it's only a matter of time, and an Iraqi official says it will be "weeks."

By Max Fisher  |  11:57 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Russia, Syria

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 12/05/2012

Kasparov: Political change in Russia carries negative genetic memory'

The chess champion talks about Putin, protests and the punk band that captured the world's attention

By Olga Khazan  |  10:54 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 11/09/2012

Russias secret new Internet blacklist

More than 180 sites have been blocked so far.

By Olga Khazan  |  11:57 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  internet, Russia

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Why Russians think U.S. elections are unfair

One lawmaker says Russia's votes are much more legitimate.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:12 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elections, medvedev, obama, romney, Russia

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Russia sees hope for greater cooperation in Obamas second term

Missile defense and other issues could come up in the next four years.

By Kathy Lally  |  09:20 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Russia

Posted at 01:21 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Watching Obamas victory from Moscow, wondering what comes next

Russians are already turning to conjecture about what the presidential election means for them.

By Kathy Lally  |  01:21 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Russia

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 11/06/2012

A quadrennial Russian tradition: Mocking the U.S. electoral college

The American electoral process is viewed with surprising suspicion in Russia.

By Kathy Lally  |  09:07 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Russia

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 11/05/2012

How you can tell if Dmitri Medvedev still has any power in Moscow

The prime minister in Putin's shadow calls for two dissident performers to be freed. Will it happen?

By Max Fisher  |  10:34 AM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 11/02/2012

NYT: Mitt Romney wants good relations with Putin, son told Kremlin ally

Would it really be surprising if Romney pursued a Russia policy more like Obama's than his rhetoric suggests?

By Max Fisher  |  02:01 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 10/16/2012

The Cuban Missile Misunderstanding: How cultural misreadings almost led to global annihilation

Both Kennedy and Khrushchev assumed the other shared his own priorities and worldview, contributing to the Cold War episode in ways we didn't understand until 25 years later.

By Max Fisher  |  03:29 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cold War, Cold War legacies, Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 04/06/2012

Russian Orthodox Patriarch’s flashy watch — and 5 other badly doctored photos

As people in positions of authority learn about Photoshop, doctored photos have become more common.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:49 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Russia, Russian Orthodox Church, Kirill I, photoshop

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Solar flare, the northern lights and Japan one year later: Morning roundup

Solar flare, the northern lights and Japan one year later.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:31 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, morning roundup, Japan, Afghanistan, Russia

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Anti-Putin protesters, police scuffle at Moscow rally a day after election

The protests in Moscow’s Pushkin Square come a day after Vladi­mir Putin won the Russian presidency.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:40 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Russia, Vladimir Putin, protests

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 03/05/2012

AIPAC protested, Putin reelected and India earthquake: Morning roundup

AIPAC protested, Putin reelected and India earthquake

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:02 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Morning roundup Russia, India

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Russians living in Syria insulted, blamed for violence

The position of Russian citizens in Syria deteriorated after Russia vetoed the U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria.

By Will Englund  |  08:28 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Russia, Syria

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Russia ‘gay propaganda’ proposal to be protested Tuesday

Demonstrations and flash mobs are planned outside Russian embassies in New York and around the world.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:32 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, gay rights, gay propaganda law

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Oscar winners abroad, Russia protests and WikiLeaks strikes: Morning roundup

Oscar winners abroad, Russia protests and WikiLeaks strikes again.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:55 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Morning roundup, Pakistan, Iran, France, Russia, Afghanistan, Syria

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Putin gives patriotic speech, while Prokhorov raps on state television

Ten days ahead of the March 4 election, the Russian presidential candidates are wrestling for the vote.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:54 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Russia, presidential election, rallies

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Putin releases suggestive ads to sway young voters — with little success

But young voters are planning a anti-Putin flash mob, sang anti-Putin songs, and a ‘toy revolution.’

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:37 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Russia, Vladimir Putin, protests, Russia election

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Putin fake arrest video resonates with Russians

Thousands of Russians watched the video, months after protests against the prime minister filled the streets.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:00 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Russia, Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Mikhail Prokhorov, Russian election

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Lake Vostok, a German Nazi base? Russian news agency floats odd theory

Some say there is a history behind the rumor.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:15 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Antarctica, Lake Vostok, Russia, Germany, Nazi, Neuschwabenland, Queen Maud's land, rumors

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Is Mikhail Gorbachev a new face for the Russian opposition?

Mikhail Gorbachev is listed as a speaker at the Russian rallies on Saturday

By Tiffany Harness  |  12:09 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Mikhail Gorbachev, Russia

Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Alexei Navalny, the voice of the Russian protests, released from jail

Alexei Navalny, the blogger credited with spurring on the Russian protest, has been released after 15 days

By Melissa Bell  |  06:27 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Russia, Russian elections, Alexey Navalny

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Russian journalist who investigated government corruption gunned down

A Russian journalist who investigated government corruption was shot dead Thursday night.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:58 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Russia, Gadzhimurat Kamalov, Chernovik, Committee to Protect Journalists, press freedom, protests

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Mikhail Prokhorov vs. Vladi­mir Putin: Is the billionaire tycoon more likeable?

Who is the more likeable candidate?

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:51 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, Mikhail Prokhorov, Vladimir Putin, presidential election

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Russian government tried to close opposition social media accounts

Popular social network VKontakte refused to deactivate accounts.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:41 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Russia, Vladimir Putin, protests, social media

Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 12/06/2011

Moscow police clash with anti-Putin demonstrators (Video)

Hundreds have been arrested after allegations of election fraud in Russia

By Kathy Lally  |  08:17 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Russia, Vladamir Putin

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Moscow protests Putin after observers say election was rigged (photos)

Thousands protested against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his party Monday night, saying the election was rigged.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:36 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Russia, protests, voter fraud, elections

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 11/07/2011

Russia holds parade to remember a parade (photos)

Russia commemorated a commemoration Monday, with a re-enactment, of sorts, of a Red Square military parade that happened 70 years ago.

By Will Englund  |  11:35 AM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Russia, parades, WWII

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Putin faked his famous dive to discover antiquities

Footage of Vladi­mir Putin discovering two ancient ceramic jugs by accident in August was a set up.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:42 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Vladimir Putin, Russia

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 09/23/2011

Valentina Matviyenko is now the most powerful woman in Russia since Catherine the Great

Valentina Matviyenko just became the most powerful woman in Russia since the Catherine the Great.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:11 AM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Russia, Catherine the Great, Valentina Matviyenko