Julia Ioffe

Senior Editor

Things on the Russian home front are getting increasingly bizarre—and terrifying.

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Is the Crimea annexation really about protecting ethnic Russians, or doing what you can get away with?

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Eastern Ukraine Is Still Fighting Its Past

Life under Stalin's long shadow

The country in crisis has yet to escape Stalin's long shadow.

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Vladimir Putin isn't invading Crimea or trying to secure the land around which his warm-water fleet is based, no, no. He is protecting Russian speakers from brazen fascist aggression on the part of the Ukrainians. Truth is, protecting, uh, Russian speakers in Crimea has been a passion of Putin's for a long time.How long?

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Fun with propaganda!

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Barack Obama Calls Vladimir Putin About Ukraine

And it didn't really work

 

Russia's standing in the international community, as if there's much left or as if Putin really cares, could suffer. Oh, the humanity.

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Putin's War in Crimea Could Soon Spread to Eastern Ukraine

And nobody—not the U.S., not NATO—can stop him

And nobody–not the U.S., not NATO–can stop him.

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How the Kremlin manipulates its victims into being grateful for a punch in the gut.

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