Evegeni Plushenko is 31 and has had 13 surgeries, but a silver medal just won't do for this Olympic cry baby.
Where was contemporary Russia in the Olympic opening ceremony? In its carefully pruned and beautified history.
Irina Rodnina tweeted this doctored photo of Barack and Michelle—so why did Putin invite her to light the Olympic flame.
There were booboos in London and Athens (and Atlanta!) too. Why are we so enjoying the ones in Sochi.
Russia! One day, you criticize the Kremlin. The next, you come downstairs to find a 200-pound sculpture of a penis chained to your car.
He crushed his opposition and has nothing to show for it but a country that's falling apart
In two years, he has crushed all dissent. So when I returned to Moscow this winter, why did I find Putin more vulnerable than ever?
Putin taketh away
As you read this, the Kremlin is preparing for the Winter Olympics by pushing Dozhd TV, Russia’s last independent television station, off a cliff. Pressured by phone calls from the Kremlin’s top deputies and Vladimir Putin’s closest—and scariest—buddies, Russian cable and satellite operators are excising Dozhd from their bundles. Mikhail Zygar, Dozhd’s editor-in-chief, estimates that, in the last three days, the channel has lost over half of its national coverage. As a result, advertisers are running for the hills and Dozhd is bleeding money.
"Sex and the Single Zillionaire," relic of the beautiful old world
Legendary venture capitalist Tom Perkins gladdened all our mornings with an letter to the editor in the Journal predicting a "progressive Kristallnacht" against "the American one percent, namely the 'rich.'" (The inexplicable quotes around that last word are his.)
And with that, say goodbye to all those debates about blogging and journalism and the future.
Why Putin freed Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and why now
Russia's president frees Russia's top dissident—on his own terms