Julia Ioffe
Senior Editor

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?

A Week Before the Olympics, the Kremlin is Attacking Russia's Last Independent TV Channel
Putin taketh away
January 31, 2014

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.

Before Predicting a Liberal Kristallnacht, Tom Perkins Wrote a One-Percenter Romance Novel
"Sex and the Single Zillionaire," relic of the beautiful old world
January 25, 2014

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

The Media Crisis Is Over. Thanks, Ezra Klein.
January 21, 2014

And with that, say goodbye to all those debates about blogging and journalism and the future.

The Khodorkovsky Case: Putin Giveth and Putin Taketh Away
Why Putin freed Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and why now
December 20, 2013

Russia's president frees Russia's top dissident—on his own terms

Russia: Where the Crazy Lives
Now in GIFs
December 11, 2013

Apparently getting hit by a car is as natural as breathing.

Russia's Liberals Are Watching Ukraine's Revolution Very Closely—And So Is Putin
December 02, 2013

In case you missed it, Kiev has been exploding over the last few days.