Opinion

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

Moscow 5 days ago

How to Talk Like a Russian Diplomat

How to Talk Like a Russian Diplomat

Moscow 5 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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.

By Vlada Gekhtman
Vlada Gekhtman
By Vlada Gekhtman

Opinion 1 week ago

Quiet Riot: The New Politics of Russia’s Youth

Quiet Riot: The New Politics of Russia’s Youth

Opinion 1 week ago

By Vlada Gekhtman
Vlada Gekhtman
By Vlada Gekhtman

If Russia’s recent political demonstrations are any indication, the new spirit in Russia's youth could breed a new era of nonconformity, where youth people’s quiet refusal to follow old rules ...

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

Moscow 1 week ago

A Russian All-Righty

A Russian All-Righty

Moscow 1 week ago

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

Лад is a nice little word. No one seems to know its origins, but it contains notions of order, harmony, and accord - all those good emotions and behaviors that ...

By Boris Grozovsky
Boris Grozovsky
By Boris Grozovsky

Opinion 1 week ago

Russian Corruption Is Among the World's Worst — And It's Here to Stay (Op-Ed)

Russian Corruption Is Among the World's Worst — And It's Here to Stay (Op-Ed)

Opinion 1 week ago

By Boris Grozovsky
Boris Grozovsky
By Boris Grozovsky

Just over a month ago, opposition leader Alexei Navalny released an investigative documentary making major allegations of corruption against Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev.

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Opinion 2 weeks ago

Russia Has Backed Itself Into a Corner in Syria

Russia Has Backed Itself Into a Corner in Syria

Opinion 2 weeks ago

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

The chemical attack in Idlib changed everything. Trump’s personal position on Syria and Assad has shifted radically, military action is now on the table. And Russia's actions have been self ...

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

Moscow 2 weeks ago

An Earful of Russian

An Earful of Russian

Moscow 2 weeks ago

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

When I grow up — or retire, whichever comes first — I want to get a Ph.D. in linguistics by writing a dissertation on The Role of Body Parts in ...

By Boris Grozovsky
Boris Grozovsky
By Boris Grozovsky

Opinion 2 weeks ago

Russia’s Generation Z: In Search of a Future

Russia’s Generation Z: In Search of a Future

Opinion 2 weeks ago

By Boris Grozovsky
Boris Grozovsky
By Boris Grozovsky

The survival of the authoritarian Russian regime into the 2020s will depend on whether Putin is able to offer the young people a clear vision of the future. So far ...

By Angelina Davydova
Angelina Davydova
By Angelina Davydova

Opinion 3 weeks ago

After the Blast, St. Petersburg Shows a Unique Civic Spirit (Op-Ed)

After the Blast, St. Petersburg Shows a Unique Civic Spirit (Op-Ed)

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Angelina Davydova
Angelina Davydova
By Angelina Davydova

When a bombing killed 14 people in St. Petersburg, a spirit of solidarity electrified the city. Locals organized to help others get home and support one another. That's new in ...

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Terror in Russia and the West: A Need for Compassion

Terror in Russia and the West: A Need for Compassion

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

Feed the Kremlin love, feed the Kremlin so much love it chokes. Do it either because it is right or do it because it is smart, but do it either ...

By Nikolai Epple
Nikolai Epple
By Nikolai Epple

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Kremlin’s Reply to Anti-Corruption Demonstrations: We Can Deal With It Ourselves

Kremlin’s Reply to Anti-Corruption Demonstrations: We Can Deal With It Ourselves

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Nikolai Epple
Nikolai Epple
By Nikolai Epple

The Kremlin’s answer to accusations of corruption are as follows: Russian civil servants’ income reports are transparent for the Secret Service and that is enough.

By Maxim Trudolyubov
Maxim Trudolyubov
By Maxim Trudolyubov

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Russia Is a Political Hazard Zone

Russia Is a Political Hazard Zone

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Maxim Trudolyubov
Maxim Trudolyubov
By Maxim Trudolyubov

The rift between the elites and the masses in Russia is as real today as it was six or 26 years ago. Neither the annexation of Crimea, nor symbolic gestures ...

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

Moscow 3 weeks ago

Trouble Translating Trump

Trouble Translating Trump

Moscow 3 weeks ago

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

Translating Donald Trump has not been smooth sailing for my Russian colleagues. They are sometimes clearly befuddled by Trumpese and make wild guesses about the meaning of his tweets.

By Andrei Babitsky
Andrei Babitsky
By Andrei Babitsky

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Trump, Le Pen and Other Fleeting Relationships: Is the Russian Scare Real?

Trump, Le Pen and Other Fleeting Relationships: Is the Russian Scare Real?

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Andrei Babitsky
Andrei Babitsky
By Andrei Babitsky

With Putin, when it comes to serious business there is only one sure way to know that agreements are going to be respected: a publicized friendship.

By Anton Shekhovtsov
Anton Shekhovtsov
By Anton Shekhovtsov

Opinion 4 weeks ago

Foreign Politicians’ Visit to Crimea Is Russia’s Latest Disinformation Failure

Foreign Politicians’ Visit to Crimea Is Russia’s Latest Disinformation Failure

Opinion 4 weeks ago

By Anton Shekhovtsov
Anton Shekhovtsov
By Anton Shekhovtsov

Western politicians from marginal parties may help Putin score points at home, but the international community clearly rejects a Russian Crimea.

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

Opinion 4 weeks ago

Voronenkov's Murder: Russia Will Regret Turning to the ‘Dark Side’

Voronenkov's Murder: Russia Will Regret Turning to the ‘Dark Side’

Opinion 4 weeks ago

By Mark Galeotti
Mark Galeotti
By Mark Galeotti

The shocking assassination of Russian politician-turned-pariah Denis Voronenkov last week has sharpened fears among the Russian diaspora of Moscow’s inclination toward vendetta.

By Mikhail Fishman
Mikhail Fishman
By Mikhail Fishman

Opinion 4 weeks ago

Russia’s Kids Are Alright (Op-Ed)

Russia’s Kids Are Alright (Op-Ed)

Opinion 4 weeks ago

By Mikhail Fishman
Mikhail Fishman
By Mikhail Fishman

Russia’s political history centers around Moscow. Anything meaningful happens in the capital, or it scarcely happens at all.

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Opinion 4 weeks ago

Breaching Protocol: Why Did Putin Meet Le Pen in Moscow? (Op-Ed)

Breaching Protocol: Why Did Putin Meet Le Pen in Moscow? (Op-Ed)

Opinion 4 weeks ago

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Putin has shown the Russian public that the Kremlin has allies in Europe who support its worldview.

By Pavel Aptekar
Pavel Aptekar
By Pavel Aptekar

Opinion 1 month ago

Russia Values Being Feared Over its Reputation

Russia Values Being Feared Over its Reputation

Opinion 1 month ago

By Pavel Aptekar
Pavel Aptekar
By Pavel Aptekar

Denis Voronenkov’s murder in Kiev is the latest in a series of murky political killings that play up the Kremlin’s omnipotent image.