A week after Edward Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia, President Obama canceled his bi-lateral September summit in Moscow with Vladimir Putin, though administration officials are at pains to portray this as something greater than pure tit-for-tattery. Rather, they say, it was an excuse to avoid what, even without Snowden, would have been "a pretty dreary affair."
Jana Romanova's "Players" series juxtaposes the imagination with the cubicle.
When Anatoly Kucherena, Russian senator and Edward Snowden's self-appointed lawyer, walked into the transit area of Sheremetyevo airport where his client had spent 39 days, and told the NSA leaker that the Russian government had finally granted him asylum for one year, Snowden couldn't believe his ears. "At first, he seemed not to fully understand it, internally," Kucherena told me. "Because he had been waiting for it for so long, he had been so worried. He said, 'It can't be!' That he wouldn't believe it 'til he saw the documents. Then, of course, he was happy."
This morning came the news that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was finally on the verge of leaving the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, where he has been holed up for one month and one day. He had, according to initial reports, gotten papers that would have allowed him to leave the airport and set out to conquer Russia. His lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, soon put an end to those rumors, but not before a gaggle of reporters had assembled at Sheremetyevo.
How Aleksey Navalny changed Russian politics
Today, a provincial court in the Russian city of Kirov sentenced Aleksey Navalny, the only real leader to emerge among the opposition since the fall of the Soviet Union, to five years in a prison camp, and slapped him with a hefty fine for an embezzlement scheme so convoluted it could only be fiction: He was accused, as he liked to put it, of “stealing a forest.”
It's been nearly a month since NSA leaker Edward Snowden landed in Moscow, en route to Ecuador.
The moral burdens of living under communist rule in Eastern Europe
Anne Applebaum and Marci Shore have shown that there is much to know about communism in this century that was not obvious to everyone. Both regard Soviet communism as more intertwined with the history of Nazism than most historians did before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Meet the families Vladimir Putin doesn't want to exist
Last year, Vladimir Putin forbade U.S. families from adopting Russian children. There are some of the kids who made it out.
In fleeing to Russia, Edward Snowden joins a long, unhappy litany of American dissidents
In fleeing to Russia, Edward Snowden joins a long, unhappy history
Poor Evo Morales. The leftist Bolivian president was in Moscow on Monday and Tuesday for the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, and must have been feeling quite important indeed.