Opinion

By Bob Jack
Bob Jack
By Bob Jack

Opinion 4 days ago

Why Porn Will Never Die in Russia (Op-Ed)

Why Porn Will Never Die in Russia (Op-Ed)

Opinion 4 days ago

By Bob Jack
Bob Jack
By Bob Jack

Russia's battle against online pornography is destined to fail — just as it has many times before.

By Nikolai Epple
Nikolai Epple
By Nikolai Epple

Opinion 6 days ago

Recognizing a Problem

Recognizing a Problem

Opinion 6 days ago

By Nikolai Epple
Nikolai Epple
By Nikolai Epple

Russia now recognizes documents issued by breakaway republics in eastern Ukraine. But has it weighed the consequences?

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Opinion 6 days ago

The Art of a Raw Deal (Op-ed)

The Art of a Raw Deal (Op-ed)

Opinion 6 days ago

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Any deal Trump makes with Putin would amount to a fire sale of U.S. foreign policy interests

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

Moscow 1 week ago

Taking It Slow, Russian-Style

Taking It Slow, Russian-Style

Moscow 1 week ago

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

You’d think I’d be used to Moscow winters by now, but by mid-February I’m like a big balloon with a slow leak, deflating and falling behind in everything. So I ...

By Balazs Jarabik
Balazs Jarabik
By Balazs Jarabik

Opinion 1 week ago

Grand Settlements Aren’t Working in Ukraine (Op-Ed)

Grand Settlements Aren’t Working in Ukraine (Op-Ed)

Opinion 1 week ago

By Balazs Jarabik
Balazs Jarabik
By Balazs Jarabik

The status quo in Donbass is unsustainable. But a political settlement still seems distant — despite renewed speculation to the contrary.

By Maria Zheleznova
Maria Zheleznova
By Maria Zheleznova

Opinion 1 week ago

Addicted to Benefits

Addicted to Benefits

Opinion 1 week ago

By Maria Zheleznova
Maria Zheleznova
By Maria Zheleznova

The state is driving itself into a corner by making citizens addicted to social payouts – after all, welfare budgets have a way of drying up during economic crises.

By Elizaveta Osetinskaya
Elizaveta Osetinskaya
By Elizaveta Osetinskaya

Opinion 1 week ago

Why Putin Would Not Build the Wall With Mexico

Why Putin Would Not Build the Wall With Mexico

Opinion 1 week ago

By Elizaveta Osetinskaya
Elizaveta Osetinskaya
By Elizaveta Osetinskaya

Much like the United States, Russia has its own “Mexico.”

By Dmitry Kamyshev
Dmitry Kamyshev
By Dmitry Kamyshev

Opinion 1 week ago

Navalny’s Sorry Contribution to Russian Jurisprudence (Op-Ed)

Navalny’s Sorry Contribution to Russian Jurisprudence (Op-Ed)

Opinion 1 week ago

By Dmitry Kamyshev
Dmitry Kamyshev
By Dmitry Kamyshev

The opposition activist has unwittingly enriched Russia’s legal canon with unwritten rules that deserve to be dubbed “Navalny laws.”

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

Moscow 2 weeks ago

Take a Load Off, Russian-Style

Take a Load Off, Russian-Style

Moscow 2 weeks ago

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

Отдыхать. Simple word, right? But think for a minute: how many meanings does it have? So far I’ve counted eight. Take a load off — отдыхайте! — and see if ...

By Leonid Ragozin
Leonid Ragozin
By Leonid Ragozin

Opinion 2 weeks ago

Liberal vs Illiberal: Welcome to the New Bipolar World (Op-Ed)

Liberal vs Illiberal: Welcome to the New Bipolar World (Op-Ed)

Opinion 2 weeks ago

By Leonid Ragozin
Leonid Ragozin
By Leonid Ragozin

The main immediate result of Trump’s victory is that the structured and more-or-less predictable post-1991 world is gone. In its place is a window of possibility for both horrible and ...

By David Marples
David Marples
By David Marples

Opinion 2 weeks ago

The Week Moscow Fell Out With Minsk (Op-ed)

The Week Moscow Fell Out With Minsk (Op-ed)

Opinion 2 weeks ago

By David Marples
David Marples
By David Marples

Tensions are rising between authoritarian allies Lukashenko and Putin, as Russia introduces border controls, and Belarus calls foul

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Opinion 2 weeks ago

A Test for Donald Trump in the Donbass (Op-Ed)

A Test for Donald Trump in the Donbass (Op-Ed)

Opinion 2 weeks ago

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Washington appears to be moving toward decoupling sanctions on Russia from the Kremlin's implementation of its political obligations in Donbass.

By Andrei Pertsev
Andrei Pertsev
By Andrei Pertsev

Opinion 3 weeks ago

It’s the End of the World as the Russian Elites Know it

It’s the End of the World as the Russian Elites Know it

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Andrei Pertsev
Andrei Pertsev
By Andrei Pertsev

Those who control resources are becoming feudal lords who are establishing new laws for their domains.

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

Moscow 3 weeks ago

Beyond the Russian Pale

Beyond the Russian Pale

Moscow 3 weeks ago

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

When the world was marking the Holocaust Remembrance Day last week, it turned out that a lot of people didn’t know what черта оседлости (Pale of Settlement) was — even ...

By Maxim Trudolyubov
Maxim Trudolyubov
By Maxim Trudolyubov

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Russia, the Catalyst of Change (Op-Ed)

Russia, the Catalyst of Change (Op-Ed)

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Maxim Trudolyubov
Maxim Trudolyubov
By Maxim Trudolyubov

In the 1970s, the Soviet project presented the West with an existential challenge. Russia’s influence in today’s Europe and the U.S is of similar nature.

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Opinion 3 weeks ago

It Started With a Call

It Started With a Call

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Presidents Trump and Putin lay the foundations of a new partnership that could upend the global order.

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Treason Through the FSB Looking Glass

Treason Through the FSB Looking Glass

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

Why espionage arrests at the heart of Russia’s security services might be more than they seem.

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

Moscow 4 weeks ago

Moderation, Russian-Style

Moderation, Russian-Style

Moscow 4 weeks ago

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

I think it’s fair to say that умеренность doesn’t come easy to Russians, who tend to value big and generous emotions, personalities, appetites, and heck — even novels (Leo Tolstoy, ...

By Borukh Gorin
Borukh Gorin
By Borukh Gorin

Opinion 1 month ago

On Anti-Semitism, Tolstoy’s Heir and the Crimes of Grandchildren (Op-Ed)

On Anti-Semitism, Tolstoy’s Heir and the Crimes of Grandchildren (Op-Ed)

Opinion 1 month ago

By Borukh Gorin
Borukh Gorin
By Borukh Gorin

It is difficult to decide which is more shameful — the anti-Semitic prattle of the heir to a great name, or evasions that insult our intelligence by the speaker of ...