Julia Ioffe
Senior Editor

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.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Olympic Opening Ceremony
How copyright infringement explains modern Russia
February 10, 2014

A Russian singer accused the Opening Ceremonies of using her song without permission. Their response shows the real essence of Russia.

Sure, Yulia Lipnitskaya Is an Amazing Skater, But She Is Also a Child
February 10, 2014

Sure, she's amazing, but don't you think Yulia Lipnitskaya looked a little...pubescent out there?

The Only People Harassing the Gays of Sochi are the Foreign Journalists
February 08, 2014

"We’ve given over 200 interviews in the last month,” says the owner of Sochi's gay bar.

Prepare for the Olympic Whining of Figure Skater Evgeni Plushenko
February 08, 2014

Evegeni Plushenko is 31 and has had 13 surgeries, but a silver medal just won't do for this Olympic cry baby.

Sochi's Opening Ceremony Forgot to Mention a Few Things About Russian History
February 08, 2014

Where was contemporary Russia in the Olympic opening ceremony? In its carefully pruned and beautified history.

The Woman Lighting the Sochi Olympic Flame Tweeted a Racist, Doctored Picture of President Obama
February 07, 2014

Irina Rodnina tweeted this doctored photo of Barack and Michelle—so why did Putin invite her to light the Olympic flame.

Russians Think We're Engaging in Olympic Schadenfreude. They're Right.
February 06, 2014

There were booboos in London and Athens (and Atlanta!) too. Why are we so enjoying the ones in Sochi.

Why Did Someone Put a Giant Wooden Cock on a Kremlin Critic's Car?
February 03, 2014

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.

The Loneliness of Vladimir Putin
He crushed his opposition and has nothing to show for it but a country that's falling apart
February 02, 2014

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?

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