Julia Ioffe
Senior Editor

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. 

The Chinese Think They Have the Russians All Figured Out
February 12, 2014

The Sochi Olympics have barely gotten off the ground when the Russians are already talking about the next one.

Two Russian Women on a Sochi Train
February 11, 2014

I've learned long ago that some of the most interesting stuff happens on trains. Right now, I'm on one of the free commuter trains linking downtown Sochi to the Olympic Village and Krasnaya Polyana up in the mountains.

Petty Corruption Has Killed the Great Russian Athletic Machine
February 11, 2014

Why is the Russian winter sports machine in sixth place? Because most money for sports in Russia comes from the government—which spends it on fancy hotels, not athletic training. 

Horror Story III: The Elevators of Sochi
February 11, 2014

Poor Johnny Quinn. The American bobsledder came to Sochi to bobsled.

Russian Olympian Irina Rodnina Blames Racist Obama Tweet on a Hacker
February 10, 2014

In September, Olympic torch ligher Irina Rodnina tweeted a doctored, racist photo of Obama and vocally defended it. Five months later, she's figured out a better explanation.

Pages