Opinion

By Mikhail Fishman
Mikhail Fishman
By Mikhail Fishman

Opinion 6 days ago

Putin, Depersonalized: What Does Oliver Stone’s Film Reveal About Russia’s Leader?

Putin, Depersonalized: What Does Oliver Stone’s Film Reveal About Russia’s Leader?

Opinion 6 days ago

By Mikhail Fishman
Mikhail Fishman
By Mikhail Fishman

During all Putin’s time in power, hardly a single image of him having fun with others comes to mind. We have never seen him enjoying something or sharing a mundane ...

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

Opinion 1 week ago

It’s the Russians Wot Done It (Op-ed)

It’s the Russians Wot Done It (Op-ed)

Opinion 1 week ago

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

BuzzFeed's investigation plays into a dominant narrative within the West where "Russia is to blame."

By Unfair Observer
Unfair Observer
By Unfair Observer

Opinion 1 week ago

Russia's Powerful Pensioners Are Struggling to Control Unruly Youth Online (Op-ed)

Russia's Powerful Pensioners Are Struggling to Control Unruly Youth Online (Op-ed)

Opinion 1 week ago

By Unfair Observer
Unfair Observer
By Unfair Observer

Russia currently blocks 6.3 million websites, according to internet freedom watchdog Rublacklist.net.

By Anna Nemtsova
Anna Nemtsova
By Anna Nemtsova

Opinion 1 week ago

The Russians Are Coming: How NYC Came to Obsess Over Moscow (Op-ed)

The Russians Are Coming: How NYC Came to Obsess Over Moscow (Op-ed)

Opinion 1 week ago

By Anna Nemtsova
Anna Nemtsova
By Anna Nemtsova

Up to 82 percent of U.S. adults now see Russia as a threat.

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Opinion 1 week ago

New U.S. Sanctions on Russia Jeopardize Trump - Putin Dialogue (Op-ed)

New U.S. Sanctions on Russia Jeopardize Trump - Putin Dialogue (Op-ed)

Opinion 1 week ago

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

President Putin has two options: retaliate in kind, and forfeit hopes for repairing ties with Washington, or risk being exposed as weak in defense of Russia’s interests.

By Mikhail Fishman
Mikhail Fishman
By Mikhail Fishman

Opinion 1 week ago

In Russia, Mass Protests Again Become a Political Reality

In Russia, Mass Protests Again Become a Political Reality

Opinion 1 week ago

By Mikhail Fishman
Mikhail Fishman
By Mikhail Fishman

In the last few months, Navalny has taken a quantum leap, establishing himself as the only true and energetic opponent of Putin in Russian politics.

By Ilan Berman
Ilan Berman
By Ilan Berman

Opinion 2 weeks ago

The Kremlin Needs to Address Russia's Demographic Crisis (Op-ed)

The Kremlin Needs to Address Russia's Demographic Crisis (Op-ed)

Opinion 2 weeks ago

By Ilan Berman
Ilan Berman
By Ilan Berman

The latest numbers are in, and the forecast for Russia's demographic health is bleak.

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Russian Hacking Allegations Could Get Putin Reelected (Op-ed)

Russian Hacking Allegations Could Get Putin Reelected (Op-ed)

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Vladimir Putin danced circles around U.S. television host Megyn Kelly on June 5, deflecting her questions on Russia’s meddling in U.S. presidential election. But he did not deny it.

By Michael Kofman
Michael Kofman
By Michael Kofman

Opinion 3 weeks ago

The Wars of the Future: Russian Defense Ministry's New Modernization Plan

The Wars of the Future: Russian Defense Ministry's New Modernization Plan

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Michael Kofman
Michael Kofman
By Michael Kofman

The Defense Ministry has a new plan to modernize Russia's armed forces through 2025.

By Unfair Observer
Unfair Observer
By Unfair Observer

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Why the Kids Are Bastards (Op-ed)

Why the Kids Are Bastards (Op-ed)

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Unfair Observer
Unfair Observer
By Unfair Observer

You’re probably expecting a chat about the hurricane that tried to flatten Moscow—likely an answer to Mike Pence’s prayers. But no.

By Marie Mendras
Marie Mendras
By Marie Mendras

Opinion 3 weeks ago

France-Russia: An Improbable Reset That Quickly Turned Sour

France-Russia: An Improbable Reset That Quickly Turned Sour

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Marie Mendras
Marie Mendras
By Marie Mendras

In Versailles, Putin listened sternly to Macron’s moral lesson about Ukraine and human rights in Chechnya, said little, and looked impatient to leave.

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

Moscow 1 month ago

Time To Get Out of Here

Time To Get Out of Here

Moscow 1 month ago

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

The other day I heard the saddest thing: "Осень начинается через три месяца!” (Autumn begins in three months.) Just let that sink in. And once it has, you’ll want to ...

By Alexandra Prokopenko
Alexandra Prokopenko
By Alexandra Prokopenko

Opinion 1 month ago

Competing Plans for Russia’s Economy All Lack Solutions

Competing Plans for Russia’s Economy All Lack Solutions

Opinion 1 month ago

By Alexandra Prokopenko
Alexandra Prokopenko
By Alexandra Prokopenko

As 2018 presidential elections draw nearer, the government has prepared a socio-economic development plan forecast through 2025.

By Mikhail Fishman
Mikhail Fishman
By Mikhail Fishman

Opinion 1 month ago

Usmanov vs. Navalny: How an Oligarch Reignited Political Debate in Russia

Usmanov vs. Navalny: How an Oligarch Reignited Political Debate in Russia

Opinion 1 month ago

By Mikhail Fishman
Mikhail Fishman
By Mikhail Fishman

A powerful Russian mogul confronted Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader, online. It was the first conversation between ruling elite and opposition in years.

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

Opinion 1 month ago

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

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

Opinion 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

Happy Russian Anniversary To Me

Happy Russian Anniversary To Me

Moscow 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 month ago

Mastering a Polite 'No' in Russian

Mastering a Polite 'No' in Russian

Moscow 1 month 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 ...