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

Opinion 2 days ago

No Brexit For Russia

No Brexit For Russia

Opinion 2 days ago

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

Rumors of a new Russian verb flew around the interwebs -- but are the rumors true?

By Pavel Aptekar
Pavel Aptekar
By Pavel Aptekar

Opinion 2 days ago

How Russia’s Place in the World Has Changed in the Eyes of Its Citizens (Op-ed)

How Russia’s Place in the World Has Changed in the Eyes of Its Citizens (Op-ed)

Opinion 2 days ago

By Pavel Aptekar
Pavel Aptekar
By Pavel Aptekar

The more critical perception of Russia’s place in the world reflects a general decline in Russian national sentiment.

By Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg
Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg
By Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg

Opinion 3 days ago

Russia Sanctions Must Be Removable to Be Effective (Op-ed)

Russia Sanctions Must Be Removable to Be Effective (Op-ed)

Opinion 3 days ago

By Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg
Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg
By Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg

Arguments, which portray the Deripaska deal as a meaningful achievement by U.S. sanctions technocrats, apparently have fallen on deaf ears.

By Natalia Prilutskaya
Natalia Prilutskaya
By Natalia Prilutskaya

Opinion 3 days ago

Putin Has Given Chechnya Free Rein to Persecute LGBT People (Op-ed)

Putin Has Given Chechnya Free Rein to Persecute LGBT People (Op-ed)

Opinion 3 days ago

By Natalia Prilutskaya
Natalia Prilutskaya
By Natalia Prilutskaya

For the second time in less than two years, a violent homophobic crackdown has left LGBTI people in Chechnya fearing for their lives

By Stephen Halliwell for Reuters
Stephen Halliwell for Reuters
By Stephen Halliwell for Reuters

Opinion 3 days ago

Putin Can't Afford to Ban the Dollar (Op-ed)

Putin Can't Afford to Ban the Dollar (Op-ed)

Opinion 3 days ago

By Stephen Halliwell for Reuters
Stephen Halliwell for Reuters
By Stephen Halliwell for Reuters

Putin’s focus, in the face of sanctions, has been to increase nationalist rhetoric and defiance of U.S. power

By Konstantin Gaaze
Konstantin Gaaze
By Konstantin Gaaze

Opinion 4 days ago

Modernizing the Masses: Russia’s People vs Putin (Op-ed)

Modernizing the Masses: Russia’s People vs Putin (Op-ed)

Opinion 4 days ago

By Konstantin Gaaze
Konstantin Gaaze
By Konstantin Gaaze

The subject of optimism and the future epitomizes the problem of the gap between the modernization agenda and public sentiment.

By Vladislav Inozemtsev
Vladislav Inozemtsev
By Vladislav Inozemtsev

Opinion 5 days ago

Pessimism Sweeps Russia (Op-ed)

Pessimism Sweeps Russia (Op-ed)

Opinion 5 days ago

By Vladislav Inozemtsev
Vladislav Inozemtsev
By Vladislav Inozemtsev

The situation is somewhat more complicated than the ruled losing faith in their rulers. Russia’s rulers also seem to be losing faith in themselves.

By Ivan Zuenko
Ivan Zuenko
By Ivan Zuenko

Opinion 5 days ago

The Vladivostok Phenomenon: Should Russia Eliminate Visa Requirements for Chinese Tourists? (Op-ed)

The Vladivostok Phenomenon: Should Russia Eliminate Visa Requirements for Chinese Tourists? (Op-ed)

Opinion 5 days ago

By Ivan Zuenko
Ivan Zuenko
By Ivan Zuenko

In the long run, Russia may lift the visa regime with China. But several issues stand in the way.

By Maxim Trudolyubov
Maxim Trudolyubov
By Maxim Trudolyubov

Opinion 6 days ago

Magnitogorsk Explosion Touches Russia’s Raw Spots (Op-ed)

Magnitogorsk Explosion Touches Russia’s Raw Spots (Op-ed)

Opinion 6 days ago

By Maxim Trudolyubov
Maxim Trudolyubov
By Maxim Trudolyubov

The mood in Russia seems to be turning inward toward domestic issues.

By Maria Zheleznova
Maria Zheleznova
By Maria Zheleznova

Opinion 1 week ago

Is Russian Negligence More of a Threat Than Terrorism? (Op-ed)

Is Russian Negligence More of a Threat Than Terrorism? (Op-ed)

Opinion 1 week ago

By Maria Zheleznova
Maria Zheleznova
By Maria Zheleznova

In the wake of another tragedy, it’s worth asking what Russians themselves can do to prevent the next one.

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

Opinion 1 week ago

Catastrophes, Geopolitical and Otherwise (Op-ed)

Catastrophes, Geopolitical and Otherwise (Op-ed)

Opinion 1 week ago

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

What did Vladimir Putin mean about that geopolitical catastrophe? It's still being argued over 14 years later.

By Lincoln Mitchell & Tinatin Japaridze
Lincoln Mitchell & Tinatin Japaridze
By Lincoln Mitchell & Tinatin Japaridze

Opinion 1 week ago

The Perils of Overestimating Putin (Op-ed)

The Perils of Overestimating Putin (Op-ed)

Opinion 1 week ago

By Lincoln Mitchell & Tinatin Japaridze
Lincoln Mitchell & Tinatin Japaridze
By Lincoln Mitchell & Tinatin Japaridze

The West’s worries over where Putin will strike next is playing right into his hands.

By Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg
Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg
By Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg

Opinion 1 week ago

Putin's Retirement Plan Depends on Belarus (Op-ed)

Putin's Retirement Plan Depends on Belarus (Op-ed)

Opinion 1 week ago

By Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg
Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg
By Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg

To retain power, he is positioning himself as the leader of a closer union between Russia and its dependent neighbor.

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

Opinion 2 weeks ago

Paul Whelan’s Arrest in Russia Brings Civilians Back Into the Crosshairs (Op-ed)

Paul Whelan’s Arrest in Russia Brings Civilians Back Into the Crosshairs (Op-ed)

Opinion 2 weeks ago

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

Whether or not the former U.S. marine was a spy, a new and chilling tactic could pose a threat to bystanders.

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

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Happy New Year From Your Leader

Happy New Year From Your Leader

Opinion 3 weeks ago

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

What will you be doing at 11:55 p.m. on Dec. 31 in Russia? Listening to the presidential address, of course!

By Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg
Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg
By Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Europe Should Woo Russia When Putin's Gone (Op-ed)

Europe Should Woo Russia When Putin's Gone (Op-ed)

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg
Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg
By Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg

Whenever and however Putin may leave, any successor will need to revise Russia’s geopolitical choice.

By Luis Saenz
Luis Saenz
By Luis Saenz

Opinion 3 weeks ago

What to Expect From 2019

What to Expect From 2019

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Luis Saenz
Luis Saenz
By Luis Saenz

In 2019, the Russian economy is expected to grow by 1.5 percent, with a slight increase in oil prices.

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Heroes of the Fatherland: Killing Here, Hacking There

Heroes of the Fatherland: Killing Here, Hacking There

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

Diminished and demeaned, Putin has no incentive to reel in his spooks.

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

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Russian Words of the Dreary Year

Russian Words of the Dreary Year

Opinion 3 weeks ago

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

Want to know what words and expressions a panel of linguists chose as Russian words of the year? Pour a stiff one before reading.