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
He crushed his opposition and has nothing to show for it but a country that's falling apart
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
Putin taketh away
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
The dancer who might have set the course for 20th-century ballet
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.

The Khodorkovsky Case: Putin Giveth and Putin Taketh Away
Why Putin freed Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and why now
December 20, 2013

Russia's president frees Russia's top dissident—on his own terms