Julia Ioffe
Senior Editor

Watch the Music Video That Pussy Riot Filmed While Cossacks Beat Them
February 20, 2014

Pussy Riot releases their new music video. It's a good thing the police helped them get all that repression footage.

Russian Team Eliminated in Hockey, Surprising Only the Russians
February 19, 2014

After Russia lost to Finland 3–1 in hockey today in Sochi, Damien Cox, a columnist for the Toronto Star, tweeted "Russians haven't won a best-on-best in 30 years. They're no longer a hockey superpower." 

Cossacks Attack Pussy Riot in Sochi
February 19, 2014

While the protest group was filming a video, "Cossacks whipped them. Literally. Whipped them. With whips."

 

What's Happening in Kiev Right Now Is Vladimir Putin's Worst Nightmare
February 18, 2014

If it can happen in Ukraine, it can happen in Russia. 

Pussy Riot's Arrest in Sochi May All Have Been a Piece of Performance Art
February 18, 2014

5 women, including 2 former members of the band, emerged singing from the police station. 

Pussy Riot Arrested in Sochi
Annals of Idiocy
February 18, 2014

Pussy Riot was arrested in Sochi today. Yes, you read that right.

The Russians Think I'm a Russophobe? They're Right.
A Response to Myself
February 17, 2014

This weekend, the American and Russian hockey teams squared off against each other at the Sochi Olympics and, even if, like me, you're not a fan of the sport, it was an undeniably gripping match, one that ended only after a white-knuckle shootout.

Turns Out, Evgeni Plushenko is Well Enough To Go On Skating Tour
February 14, 2014

Even though yesterday he feared paralysis if he skated...

Dosvedanie to All That

In an exit interview, our ambassador to Russia on freedom, security, and how badly Putin wanted Obama to visit Sochi
February 13, 2014

Before he headed to Moscow in January 2012 as Barack Obama’s new ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul was itching to get out of government. He had dreams of moving back to Palo Alto. The weather’s nice, his family missed the place.

Evgeni Plushenko Pulls Out of the Olympics, Proving That Corruption Is Bad
February 13, 2014

Once again, just as I predicted, Evgeni Plushenko is kicking up scandal at the Olympics. 

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