Susan Rice Isn’t Going Quietly
December 20, 2012
BY THE TIME Susan Rice withdrew her name from the running for secretary of state earlier this month, she had emerged in the media as one of Washington’s most nefarious personalities.
The Rise of Russia’s Gun Nuts
November 16, 2012
Maria Butina greeted her guests with a gun in her holster and her hands on her hips.
His Russian Lawyer Dead, A Former American Turns to Congress for Revenge
November 16, 2012
They killed his lawyer and wrecked his fortune. Now the man who renounced his American citizenship is turning to Congress for revenge on Russia.
In Soviet Russia, Storm Weathers You
October 31, 2012
As I sat stranded in a friend’s Manhattan apartment, watching nature make a mockery of my plans, I had a hard time tearing myself away from local Channel 4’s coverage of what New York's Governor has called “Sandy’s fury.” Sopping beachfronts were swarming with reporters barely able to stand in the wind; governors, mayors, and officials of all sorts were giving press conferences, detailing what was closed where, whom they’ve talked to and when, and what they’d done to manage the fallout of a historic storm.
Kremlin Tightens Screws, Unwittingly Loosens Bolts
October 18, 2012
The Kremlin cracks down on the Opposition Coordination Council, but it's only going to give the opposition greater legitimacy.
Is Pussy Riot Breaking Up?
October 10, 2012
Yes, the oldest member of the group was released from jail today. But don’t let that fool you.
Putin Turns 60, Russians Rejoice
October 03, 2012
The latest news from the Putin-is-ridiculous beat
What I Will (and Won't) Miss About Living in Moscow
September 24, 2012
Reminiscing about gypsy cabs, drinking, and overused emoticons as a writer prepares to move home from Russia.
Russia Tries to Kill U.S. Democracy Promotion Once and For All
September 18, 2012
MOSCOW—When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived for the APEC summit in Vladivostok on September 8, there was one item on the agenda she was not expecting. Sitting down with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, the two discussed missile defense and Syria, talked about Iran’s quest to get a nuclear weapon. And then Lavrov dropped the bomb: USAID was to cease all operations inside the Russian Federation starting October 1. Four days later, the Russian Foreign Ministry delivered the news in writing. USAID, the government development agency started by John F.