Russia

The Rise of Russia’s Gun Nuts
November 16, 2012

Maria Butina greeted her guests with a gun in her holster and her hands on her hips.

His Russian Lawyer Dead, A Former American Turns to Congress for Revenge
November 16, 2012

They killed his lawyer and wrecked his fortune. Now the man who renounced his American citizenship is turning to Congress for revenge on Russia.

Oh, No! Not Another Apologia from a Journalist Who Won't Vote! Oh, Yes—But This Time, Blame Russia.
November 06, 2012

A writer's experience watching Russian journalists cross the line in the name of fighting Putin convinced her not to vote back home

Putin Turns 60, Russians Rejoice
October 03, 2012

The latest news from the Putin-is-ridiculous beat

When Romney Was Anti-Anti-China, Not So Long Ago
September 24, 2012

I found an '09 video clip that shows Mitt Romney speaking out against anti-China trade protectionism -- the exact opposite of his current line.

What I Will (and Won't) Miss About Living in Moscow
September 24, 2012

Reminiscing about gypsy cabs, drinking, and overused emoticons as a writer prepares to move home from Russia.

Russia Tries to Kill U.S. Democracy Promotion Once and For All
September 18, 2012

MOSCOW—When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived for the APEC summit in Vladivostok on September 8, there was one item on the agenda she was not expecting. Sitting down with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, the two discussed missile defense and Syria, talked about Iran’s quest to get a nuclear weapon. And then Lavrov dropped the bomb: USAID was to cease all operations inside the Russian Federation starting October 1. Four days later, the Russian Foreign Ministry delivered the news in writing. USAID, the government development agency started by John F.

Russia’s Wild Fantasies of an All-Powerful State Department
September 17, 2012

When journalist Arkady Mamontov aired his television exposé on Pussy Riot last week, the central question was who was behind their riotous performance? Mamontov’s investigation yielded two culprits: oligarch-in-exile Boris Berezovsky, and “some Americans” who hired Pussy Riot and choreographed their act in order to corrupt the souls of Russian youth. Mamontov didn’t need to spell out who those Americans were; everyone watching got the message anyway.

The Blunt Weapon of Russian Law is Turned Against One of its Makers
September 14, 2012

Today, the Russian parliament voted 291 to 150 to strip one Gennady Gudkov of his seat. Gudkov, a former KGB man and businessman, has served in the Duma, the Russian parliament, for eleven years, most of them in the leftist Just Russia party.

Putin Flies with Birds, Jumps the Shark
September 06, 2012

MOSCOW—Last summer, Russian president Vladimir Putin, who was then still technically prime minister, put on a wetsuit and diving gear, and dove into the Black Sea, where he stumbled upon an ancient urn. It was the beginning of the end for Putin, image-wise. His previous stunts—personally putting out forest fires, tagging whales with a crossbow—were ridiculous, yes, but his deep sea discovery smacked especially of a light insanity. It didn’t help when Putin’s press secretary flippantly admitted the obvious: The urn had been planted.

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