Russia

Moscow Is No Place for a Defector

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

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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.

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Поэт и царь

Две России

Всего какой-то век назад Россия была столицей мировой литературы. В Ясную Поляну на поклон Толстому стремились писатели со всего мира, как пилигримы в Иерусалим. И в самой России влияние писателя было столь велико, что, захоти он, допустим, избраться царем, вряд ли Николай II остался у власти. Загвоздкой было лишь то, что Толстой ни в грош не ставил государство. Да и избраться царем невозможно – в России законная власть давалась всегда лишь от Бога. Как, впрочем,  невозможно и избраться в великие писатели.  Но откуда взялась в России эта власть литературы?

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Poets and Czars

From Pushkin to Putin: the sad tale of democracy in Russia

The “other” Russia, the Russia of poets and writers, the Russia of culture, destroyed in the Soviet Union, was preserved underground and in emigration. Will it help to give Russia its third chance at democracy?

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The Perfect Show-Trial for the Putin Era

The trial of Moscow's May 6 protesters begins today. There's little doubt about how it will end.

The trial of the Moscow protesters begins today. There's little doubt about how it will end.

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Edward Snowden's Strange Layover in Moscow

Who knew that Moscow was on the way from Hong Kong to Quito?

As I write this, Edward Snowden waits in a "capsule" at a new hotel at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport until he takes off for Havana at 2:05pm tomorrow afternoon. In the meantime, he has been seen by an Ecuadorian doctor and Ecuador's ambassador to Russia, and has asked Ecuador for asylum. Snowden will have spent less than 24 hours in Russia, and will not have seen any of it: he can't leave the airport as he doesn't have a Russian visa.

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It was no surprise that, after speaking in private for two hours in Northern Ireland, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin looked “tense and uncomfortable,” or, as the pool report put it, “serious and unsmiling.” Not only did the meeting come on the heels of a year and a half of Russia cynically ratcheting up anti-American sentiments—and harassing Obama’s ambassador—in the country, or g

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The Bizarre End to Vladimir Putin's Bizarre Marriage

Hunting season's open: The Russian president is officially a stag

Hunting season's open: The Russian president is officially a stag

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Hey Man, Slow Down

John Kerry should put the brakes on negotiations with Russia over Syria

John Kerry should put the brakes on negotiating with Russia over Syria.

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The Cold War Heats Up in Syria

Why Russia won't allow an intervention

Why Russia won't allow an intervention.

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