The dancer who might have set the course for 20th-century ballet
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.
Why Putin freed Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and why now
Russia's president frees Russia's top dissident—on his own terms
Barack Obama's excellent Olympic snub of the Russian autocrat
Now in GIFs
Apparently getting hit by a car is as natural as breathing.
In case you missed it, Kiev has been exploding over the last few days. Hundreds of thousands of people came out into the streets over the weekend—both in Kiev and elsewhere in Ukraine—to protest President Viktor Yanukovich's last-minute decision to scuttle the signing of a vaguely worded agreement that would have begun to pull Ukraine into the European orbit—and out of Russia's. The police can't clear the streets.
It's Not Just Vladimir Putin: Governments Around the World Are Making it Easier to Jail Someone as a Pirate
It's not just Vladimir Putin who's arresting activists for piracy. In international law, the term has changed meanings.
This weekend, a working class neighborhood erupted in violence after a 25 year-old Russian was stabbed to death, allegedly by a migrant from Russia's Caucasus region. Hooligans and soccer fanatics quickly joined the fray, as did local residents, shouting "Go Russians!" and "Russia for Russians!" They looted fruit and vegetable stands run by migrants from former Soviet republics. They beat up people who looked distinctively non-Russian.
The Olympics aren't just about Sochi, and Sochi isn't just about the Olympics, the Russians will tell you. It's all part of a broader push to revitalize a region torn apart by an Islamic insurgency, which itself comes on the heels of two disastrous wars.