Russia

Dosvedanie to All That

In an exit interview, our ambassador to Russia on freedom, security, and how badly Putin wanted Obama to visit Sochi
February 13, 2014

Before he headed to Moscow in January 2012 as Barack Obama’s new ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul was itching to get out of government. He had dreams of moving back to Palo Alto. The weather’s nice, his family missed the place.

Evgeni Plushenko Pulls Out of the Olympics, Proving That Corruption Is Bad
February 13, 2014

Once again, just as I predicted, Evgeni Plushenko is kicking up scandal at the Olympics. 

The Chinese Think They Have the Russians All Figured Out
February 12, 2014

The Sochi Olympics have barely gotten off the ground when the Russians are already talking about the next one.

Two Russian Women on a Sochi Train
February 11, 2014

I've learned long ago that some of the most interesting stuff happens on trains. Right now, I'm on one of the free commuter trains linking downtown Sochi to the Olympic Village and Krasnaya Polyana up in the mountains.

Petty Corruption Has Killed the Great Russian Athletic Machine
February 11, 2014

Why is the Russian winter sports machine in sixth place? Because most money for sports in Russia comes from the government—which spends it on fancy hotels, not athletic training. 

Russian Olympian Irina Rodnina Blames Racist Obama Tweet on a Hacker
February 10, 2014

In September, Olympic torch ligher Irina Rodnina tweeted a doctored, racist photo of Obama and vocally defended it. Five months later, she's figured out a better explanation.

Boris Pasternak Lived In The Wrong Century
Irving Howe on the tragedy of our twentieth-century Tolstoy
February 10, 2014

Boris Pasternak was born 124 years ago on this day. In honor of his birthday, here is Irving Howe's appraisal of the unique genius of Pasternak's best-known work, Doctor Zhivago.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Olympic Opening Ceremony
How copyright infringement explains modern Russia
February 10, 2014

A Russian singer accused the Opening Ceremonies of using her song without permission. Their response shows the real essence of Russia.

Sure, Yulia Lipnitskaya Is an Amazing Skater, But She Is Also a Child
February 10, 2014

Sure, she's amazing, but don't you think Yulia Lipnitskaya looked a little...pubescent out there?

The Only People Harassing the Gays of Sochi are the Foreign Journalists
February 08, 2014

"We’ve given over 200 interviews in the last month,” says the owner of Sochi's gay bar.

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