Julia Ioffe
Senior Editor

Putin's Been Wanting Crimea for a Long, Long Time
March 05, 2014

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.

Kremlin TV Loves Anti-War Protests—Unless Russia Is the One Waging War
Studies in 'whataboutism'
March 02, 2014

Fun with propaganda!

Barack Obama Calls Vladimir Putin About Ukraine
And it didn't really work
March 01, 2014


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

Putin's War in Crimea Could Soon Spread to Eastern Ukraine
And nobody—not the U.S., not NATO—can stop him
March 01, 2014

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

How Russian Courts Manipulate Their Victims and the Public
February 26, 2014

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

The Ukrainian Revolution Will Be Instagrammed
February 24, 2014

Maidan, night, cease fire.This is a field kitchen on the Maidan.And this is an infirmary at the Mikhailovsky Cathedral. #Kiev

Yulia Tymoshenko Returns to Politics, and Ukraine's Liberals Aren't Too Pleased
February 23, 2014

In an emotional speech on the Maidan last night, Yulia Tymoshenko pledged that she would protect the country's interest, but the country doesn't seem to believe that a tiger can change its stripes.

A Twitter Death in Kiev
The tale of a post-modern martyr
February 21, 2014

As protestors fought riot police in Kiev yesterday, as the city center turned into a charred crater, volunteer medics skittered through the melee, attending to the hundreds wounded in the fight, pulling them into hotel lobbies and churches for treate