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.
Sochi Is Haunted by the Ghosts of a Forgotten Genocide
February 06, 2014
The Winter Olympics arrive 150 years after an ethnic cleansing.
What Is Vladimir Putin Staring at in Sochi?
February 05, 2014
Unlike another despot known for looking at things, Putin's gaze always seems to fall on objects off-camera.
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?
There's One Odd Thing Missing from the Home of the Winter Olympics
February 02, 2014
In December, photographer Max Adveev travelled to Sochi, where workers were hustling to finish assembling the home of this month’s winter Olympics.
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.
The Rebranding of Red Square
January 24, 2014
Establishing shots from every cold war scene ever filmed here made Moscow the epicenter of a massive and massively bankrupt Empire of Evil, in ideological opposition to democracy and freedom.
Snowden Speaks, Says He Acted Alone. Should We Believe Him?
January 22, 2014
The Republican committee chairman suggests Edward Snowden is a spy. Snowden says he isn't. The case for believing neither of them.
Balanchine's Mystery Woman
January 17, 2014
After the Soviet revolutions of 1917, the czar was gone but ballet remained. A fascinating history of how George Balanchine helped remake ballet for the people—and just who helped him do so.