Vladimir Putin

Edward Snowden Is Russia's Puppet Now

Any shred of heroism was lost at Putin's press farce

Edward Snowden is not a whistleblower, or a hero. He is a man who helps dictators make propaganda to embarrass his own country.

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With Vladimir Putin annexing Crimea, inciting violence in Eastern Ukraine, and threatening his neighbor with a massive military buildup, an oft-repeated refrain has reemerged in Western academia: It’s our fault for expanding NATO.

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It is the propaganda of the postwar period, much more than the experience of the war itself, that counts in the memory of Ukrainian politics of today—and that will affect the country's fate.

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Vladimir Putin should be given credit for strengthening Ukraine’s national identity—the very existence of which he has so persistently denied.

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Everything you need to know about the Ukraine crisis today.

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Getting to the truth about Ukraine is not easy, but one thing is clear: Do not watch Russian television if you want some semblance of it. 

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Looking at the crisis in Crimea as a return to Soviet obscures more than it clarifies

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A joke from Odessa: “I stopped speaking Russian,” says a Russian-speaker. “Why?," responds another. "Afraid that Ukrainians will beat you?” “No," the man explains. "I'm afraid Russians will come to protect me.”

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To see Crimea's future, look at the last time Putin's Russia decided to unilaterally re-draw the map of Europe.

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Can Russia scuttle the Iran nuclear negotiations—and does it even want to?

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