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
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
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
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
December 20, 2013
Russia's president frees Russia's top dissident—on his own terms
Russia: Where the Crazy Lives
December 11, 2013
Apparently getting hit by a car is as natural as breathing.