Russia

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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The Spy Who Shot Himself in the Foot

What the blond-wigged accused spy may have been trying to learn

Would the CIA really send out a spy in an amateurish blond wig? Yes, experts say: They would.

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Foreigners in Their Own Land

Will Monday's anti-Putin protest in Moscow revive the movement?

Will Monday's Anti-Putin Protest in Moscow Revive the Movement?

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The Tsarnaev Women Tell Chechnya's Story

If you want to understand their homeland, study not the Boston suspects but their aunt and mother

If you want to understand their homeland, study not the Boston suspects but their aunt and mother.

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We Told You So

How Russia responded to the Boston bombings

How Russia responded to the Boston bombings

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