Opinion

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

Opinion 13 hours ago

Why Russia and the West Should Fight Terrorism Together (Op-ed)

Why Russia and the West Should Fight Terrorism Together (Op-ed)

Opinion 13 hours ago

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

By coordinating with Russia over terrorism, the West can be looking ahead to a Russia after Putin.

By Edward W. Walker
Edward W. Walker
By Edward W. Walker

Opinion 5 days ago

The Growing Risks of Russia’s Military Intervention in Syria (Op-Ed)

The Growing Risks of Russia’s Military Intervention in Syria (Op-Ed)

Opinion 5 days ago

By Edward W. Walker
Edward W. Walker
By Edward W. Walker

Russia’s military intervention in Syria has paid important foreign and domestic policy returns for the Kremlin.

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

Moscow 5 days ago

Happy Russian Anniversary To Me

Happy Russian Anniversary To Me

Moscow 5 days ago

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

When you begin to study a foreign language, at first you are struck by all the differences. But then slowly but surely something really strange happens. It begins to make ...

By Pavel Chikov
Pavel Chikov
By Pavel Chikov

Opinion 6 days ago

In the Name of God: Atheists in Russia Under Fire (Op-ed)

In the Name of God: Atheists in Russia Under Fire (Op-ed)

Opinion 6 days ago

By Pavel Chikov
Pavel Chikov
By Pavel Chikov

A recent court case demonstrates that the Russian church has teamed up with the state to take aim at atheists.

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

Moscow 1 week ago

Mastering a Polite 'No' in Russian

Mastering a Polite 'No' in Russian

Moscow 1 week ago

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

You know what to call your back-pedaling, postponing, shirking, and reneging. Then we come to the really tricky bit: what do you say? The art of what Russians call вежливый ...

By Dmitry Streltsov
Dmitry Streltsov
By Dmitry Streltsov

Opinion 1 week ago

Why North Korea Can Unite Russia and Japan (Op-ed)

Why North Korea Can Unite Russia and Japan (Op-ed)

Opinion 1 week ago

By Dmitry Streltsov
Dmitry Streltsov
By Dmitry Streltsov

The economy and concerns over North Korea will bring Russia and Japan closer — not any desire to resolve future of the Kuril Islands.

By Konstantin Gaaze
Konstantin Gaaze
By Konstantin Gaaze

Opinion 2 weeks ago

Where Does Putin Sleep and Why Is It a Secret? (Op-ed)

Where Does Putin Sleep and Why Is It a Secret? (Op-ed)

Opinion 2 weeks ago

By Konstantin Gaaze
Konstantin Gaaze
By Konstantin Gaaze

Are the president’s whereabouts a state secret? Yes and no.

By Artemy Kalinovsky
Artemy Kalinovsky
By Artemy Kalinovsky

Opinion 2 weeks ago

Russia Gambles in Afghanistan — Again (Op-ed)

Russia Gambles in Afghanistan — Again (Op-ed)

Opinion 2 weeks ago

By Artemy Kalinovsky
Artemy Kalinovsky
By Artemy Kalinovsky

Moscow may think co-operation with the Taliban is an insurance policy for the future. In reality, it risks increased antagonism between the world’s military superpowers and growing instability in the ...

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

Moscow 2 weeks ago

Just Between Us, the Russian Way

Just Between Us, the Russian Way

Moscow 2 weeks ago

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

In my file drawer of doctoral dissertations I will never write is one entitled: “Choice and Frequency of Parasitical Word Use Among Non-Native Speakers of Russian.” My personal parasite phrase ...

By Andrei Kolesnikov
Andrei Kolesnikov
By Andrei Kolesnikov

Opinion 2 weeks ago

Moscow Housing Demolitions: From Rubble to Riot (Op-Ed)

Moscow Housing Demolitions: From Rubble to Riot (Op-Ed)

Opinion 2 weeks ago

By Andrei Kolesnikov
Andrei Kolesnikov
By Andrei Kolesnikov

In the “state capitalism” prevailing in modern Russia, the concept of property rights is blurred. But the “apartment—car—dacha” mantra remains as compelling as ever.

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Why Russia Won't Cave to Western Demands (Op-ed)

Why Russia Won't Cave to Western Demands (Op-ed)

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Russia won’t agree to the West’s conditions for reconciliation — at least not in an election year.

By Samuel Greene
Samuel Greene
By Samuel Greene

Opinion 3 weeks ago

The Kremlin’s Coercion Calculus (Op-ed)

The Kremlin’s Coercion Calculus (Op-ed)

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Samuel Greene
Samuel Greene
By Samuel Greene

Russia’s rulers have to decide how to respond to an uptick in protest sentiment. So far, they are leaning towards further repression.

By Konstantin von Eggert
Konstantin von Eggert
By Konstantin von Eggert

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Five Reasons Russia Is Not Looking Forward to Meeting Trump (Op-ed)

Five Reasons Russia Is Not Looking Forward to Meeting Trump (Op-ed)

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Konstantin von Eggert
Konstantin von Eggert
By Konstantin von Eggert

Russia is not a priority for Donald Trump. And there is nothing the Kremlin hates more than indifference.

By Leonid Gozman
Leonid Gozman
By Leonid Gozman

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Russian Diplomacy Is Equal Parts Blame and Aggression (Op-ed)

Russian Diplomacy Is Equal Parts Blame and Aggression (Op-ed)

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Leonid Gozman
Leonid Gozman
By Leonid Gozman

Russia is becoming increasingly isolated — not only politically and economically, but culturally and morally too.

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

Moscow 3 weeks ago

Cheat Sheet for Говорить

Cheat Sheet for Говорить

Moscow 3 weeks ago

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

The other day I tried to trot out an expression using the words говорить (to speak), так (so) and не (not), and got completely balled up. Now to make sure ...

By Maxim Trudolyubov
Maxim Trudolyubov
By Maxim Trudolyubov

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Russia's Imaginary Stalin

Russia's Imaginary Stalin

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Maxim Trudolyubov
Maxim Trudolyubov
By Maxim Trudolyubov

In Russia, political struggle is waged using historical names as flags. For lack of real political representation we sometimes feel “represented” by people who have long been dead.

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Opinion 1 month ago

Moscow's Failed French Election Gambit (Op-Ed)

Moscow's Failed French Election Gambit (Op-Ed)

Opinion 1 month ago

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Russia's media attacks on French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron are a political fumble. It didn't have to be this way.

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

Moscow 1 month ago

How to Talk Like a Russian Diplomat

How to Talk Like a Russian Diplomat

Moscow 1 month ago

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

Not every diplomat can become an overnight “хит интернета” (Internet hit) after just one speech at the United Nations. That honor goes to Vladimir Safronkov, deputy permanent representative from Russia, ...

By Tanya Lokshina
Tanya Lokshina
By Tanya Lokshina

Opinion 1 month ago

Putin Will Be Forced to Act on Chechnya's Anti-Gay Purge

Putin Will Be Forced to Act on Chechnya's Anti-Gay Purge

Opinion 1 month ago

By Tanya Lokshina
Tanya Lokshina
By Tanya Lokshina

Reports of at least three deaths and hundreds of arrests of gay men in Chechnya have shocked the world. International pressure is the key to saving lives.