By Evan Gershkovich
Evan Gershkovich
By Evan Gershkovich

Opinion 1 day ago

A Thirsty Journalist Takes on the World Cup's Beer Ban

A Thirsty Journalist Takes on the World Cup's Beer Ban

Opinion 1 day ago

By Evan Gershkovich
Evan Gershkovich
By Evan Gershkovich

On match days, host cities are restricting sales of alcohol.

By Michele A. Berdy
Michele A. Berdy
By Michele A. Berdy

Opinion 1 day ago

The Cranky Tourist's Russian Phrasebook

The Cranky Tourist's Russian Phrasebook

Opinion 1 day ago

By Michele A. Berdy
Michele A. Berdy
By Michele A. Berdy

Do not believe Russian phrasebooks. They lie. Believe me instead.

By Andrei Kolesnikov
Andrei Kolesnikov
By Andrei Kolesnikov

Opinion 2 days ago

For Putin, Sport Is a State Affair (Op-ed)

For Putin, Sport Is a State Affair (Op-ed)

Opinion 2 days ago

By Andrei Kolesnikov
Andrei Kolesnikov
By Andrei Kolesnikov

It is victory at any cost, because victory has political significance.

By Ben Aris
Ben Aris
By Ben Aris

Business 2 days ago

Russia's World Cup Will Pay Off. Just Not Today (Op-ed)

Russia's World Cup Will Pay Off. Just Not Today (Op-ed)

Business 2 days ago

By Ben Aris
Ben Aris
By Ben Aris

A ruble for every kopeck?

By Daniel Kozin
Daniel Kozin
By Daniel Kozin

Opinion 3 days ago

Crossing Russia on the Trans-Peruvian

Crossing Russia on the Trans-Peruvian

Opinion 3 days ago

By Daniel Kozin
Daniel Kozin
By Daniel Kozin

Thousands of foreign football fans are making long-distance journeys across Russia this month.

By Marc Bennetts
Marc Bennetts
By Marc Bennetts

Opinion 5 days ago

Moscow's World Cup Face-Lift Is Only Skin Deep (Op-ed)

Moscow's World Cup Face-Lift Is Only Skin Deep (Op-ed)

Opinion 5 days ago

By Marc Bennetts
Marc Bennetts
By Marc Bennetts

Russia is determined to use the World Cup to polish its tarnished international image.

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

Opinion 6 days ago

The Dangerous Legacy of Keeping Russia's World Cup Safe (Op-ed)

The Dangerous Legacy of Keeping Russia's World Cup Safe (Op-ed)

Opinion 6 days ago

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

Russia has ramped up security measures for the World Cup, but the costs involved may be unsustainable.

By Evan Gershkovich
Evan Gershkovich
By Evan Gershkovich

Opinion 1 week ago

Even Putin Has a World Cup Plan B

Even Putin Has a World Cup Plan B

Opinion 1 week ago

By Evan Gershkovich
Evan Gershkovich
By Evan Gershkovich

The tournament’s host almost certainly will be eliminated

By Michele A. Berdy
Michele A. Berdy
By Michele A. Berdy

Opinion 1 week ago

A Butterfly on the Football Field

A Butterfly on the Football Field

Opinion 1 week ago

By Michele A. Berdy
Michele A. Berdy
By Michele A. Berdy

Butterflies, roses, mouse-traps... say what? In honor of the World Cup, I unlock some of the mysteries of Russian football fan slang.

By Tanya Lokshina
Tanya Lokshina
By Tanya Lokshina

Opinion 1 week ago

What Lies Beneath Russia's World Cup Glam and Glitter? (Op-ed)

What Lies Beneath Russia's World Cup Glam and Glitter? (Op-ed)

Opinion 1 week ago

By Tanya Lokshina
Tanya Lokshina
By Tanya Lokshina

Russia today is at its most repressive since the Soviet era.

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

Opinion 1 week ago

Fear Not the Honeypot (Op-ed)

Fear Not the Honeypot (Op-ed)

Opinion 1 week ago

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

Why Russia is safe for World Cup fans — and why the West thinks it isn't.

By Anna Borshchevskaya
Anna Borshchevskaya
By Anna Borshchevskaya

Opinion 1 week ago

While Mo Salah Sleeps in Grozny (Op-ed)

While Mo Salah Sleeps in Grozny (Op-ed)

Opinion 1 week ago

By Anna Borshchevskaya
Anna Borshchevskaya
By Anna Borshchevskaya

The World Cup is another chance for Putin to shore up ties with regimes in the Middle East at the West’s expense.

By Marc Bennetts
Marc Bennetts
By Marc Bennetts

Opinion 1 week ago

Russia’s Forgotten Football Dreams (Op-ed)

Russia’s Forgotten Football Dreams (Op-ed)

Opinion 1 week ago

By Marc Bennetts
Marc Bennetts
By Marc Bennetts

A lot has changed for Russia since it bid to host the World Cup.

By Michele A. Berdy
Michele A. Berdy
By Michele A. Berdy

Opinion 2 weeks ago

Russian Grammar? Really?

Russian Grammar? Really?

Opinion 2 weeks ago

By Michele A. Berdy
Michele A. Berdy
By Michele A. Berdy

Do you mutter and slur and cough to hide uncertain grammatical forms? There's no shame in that. Admit it. The Grammar Doctor will see you now.

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Opinion 2 weeks ago

On North Korea, Trump Has Putin Playing Second Fiddle (Op-ed)

On North Korea, Trump Has Putin Playing Second Fiddle (Op-ed)

Opinion 2 weeks ago

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Moscow is pulling out all the stops to get a seat at the table.

By Michele A. Berdy
Michele A. Berdy
By Michele A. Berdy

Opinion 3 weeks ago

The Strange Case of a Russian Provocation

The Strange Case of a Russian Provocation

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Michele A. Berdy
Michele A. Berdy
By Michele A. Berdy

How can a murder be a provocation? Oh, easy, if it's being discussed in Russian.

By Gleb Bogush for Republic
Gleb Bogush for Republic
By Gleb Bogush for Republic

Opinion 3 weeks ago

The Long Legal Path to Bringing Russia to Justice Over MH17 (Op-ed)

The Long Legal Path to Bringing Russia to Justice Over MH17 (Op-ed)

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Gleb Bogush for Republic
Gleb Bogush for Republic
By Gleb Bogush for Republic

Don't expect a confession from Moscow.

By Ekaterina Sokirianskaia
Ekaterina Sokirianskaia
By Ekaterina Sokirianskaia

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Russia’s Islamic State Women and Children Should Be Returned Home (Op-ed)

Russia’s Islamic State Women and Children Should Be Returned Home (Op-ed)

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Ekaterina Sokirianskaia
Ekaterina Sokirianskaia
By Ekaterina Sokirianskaia

Their testimonies of horrific experiences in Iraq and Syria could stop the recruitment of new Russian jihadists.

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Babchenko’s Death and Russia’s Dark Power (Op-ed)

Babchenko’s Death and Russia’s Dark Power (Op-ed)

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

Russia has adopted a policy of blessing freelance murders carried out in its name.