An Intimate Look at Life in a Harsh Russian Gulag
August 11, 2013

IK-28, a maximum-security Russian penal colony, is located in Yertsevo, in the northern Arkhangelsk region near the Arctic Circle. It was once part of a cluster of camps founded in the late 1930s as part of the Gulag system.

Dear Lawrence O'Donnell, Don't Mansplain to Me About Russia
August 08, 2013

Tonight, I went on Lawrence O'Donnell's show, and Lawrence O'Donnell yelled at me. Or, rather, he O'Reilly'd at me.

Obama Bails on His Inevitably Awkward Date With Putin
August 07, 2013

A week after Edward Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia, President Obama canceled his bi-lateral September summit in Moscow with Vladimir Putin, though administration officials are at pains to portray this as something greater than pure ti

Fantasy Lives of Russian Office Workers
August 04, 2013

Jana Romanova's "Players" series juxtaposes the imagination with the cubicle.

Edward Snowden Is Already Getting Job Offers and Calls from Russian Girls, Says His Laywer
August 01, 2013

When Anatoly Kucherena, Russian senator and Edward Snowden's self-appointed lawyer, walked into the transit area of Sheremetyevo airport where his client had spent 39 days, and told the NSA leaker that the Russian government had finally granted him a

Edward Snowden's Russian Future: No-Show Job, Lousy Apartment
July 24, 2013

This morning came the news that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was finally on the verge of leaving the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, where he has been holed up for one month and one day.

The Most Dangerous Blogger in the World
How Aleksey Navalny changed Russian politics
July 18, 2013

Today, a provincial court in the Russian city of Kirov sentenced Aleksey Navalny, the only real leader to emerge among the opposition since the fall of the Soviet Union, to five years in a prison camp, and slapped him with a hefty fine for an embezzl

Edward Snowden is Stuck in Russia, and Obama Can't Do Anything About It
July 18, 2013

It's been nearly a month since NSA leaker Edward Snowden landed in Moscow, en route to Ecuador.

When Evil Was a Social System
The moral burdens of living under communist rule in Eastern Europe
July 13, 2013

Anne Applebaum and Marci Shore have shown that there is much to know about communism in this century that was not obvious to everyone. Both regard Soviet communism as more intertwined with the history of Nazism than most historians did before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The Americans
Meet the families Vladimir Putin doesn't want to exist

Last year, Vladimir Putin forbade U.S. families from adopting Russian children. There are some of the kids who made it out.