Vladimir Putin

The Hibernation
April 23, 2008

Minutes after the polls closed on March 2 in the westernmost Russian city of Kaliningrad--certifying a blowout victory by presidential candidate Dmitri Anatolyevich Medvedev, handpicked heir to Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin--the men of the hour made an appearance at a massive concert underway in Red Square. As broadcast by NTV, a television channel owned by Gazprom (where Medvedev chairs the board of directors), the scene looked like something out of Mission: Impossible.

Musharraf for Brains
March 26, 2008

By November of last year, Pakistan, a nation hardly known for its stability, seemed primed to explode. After months of street protests against General Pervez Musharraf’s increasingly authoritarian rule, the Pakistani dictator had declared de facto martial law, allowing him to arrest thousands of political activists and sparking even greater unrest. Many young Pakistanis turned to extremist organizations, and suicide bombings spread from the Afghan border into once-serene cities like Islamabad and Lahore.

Putin For Obama?
February 15, 2008

"At a minimum, a head of state should have a head," Vladimir Putin, responding to Hillary Clinton's remark that KGB officers have no soul.  --Jason Zengerle 

Primary School
January 30, 2008

Jeffrey Rosen’s 2008 debut as a campaign correspondent.

From Russia, With Recipes
January 30, 2008

Readers of today’s Washington Post may have been surprised to find tucked behind Sports a new “Russia” section, which looks like part of the newspaper but which, upon closer inspection, is an “advertising supplement” paid for by the Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Russian "democracy"
November 18, 2007

President Vladimir Putin is fixing the Russian electoral system so that his party cannot fail to win.  But, as Neil Buckley observes in Saturday's FT, "even the Kremlin's staunchest critics do not believe poll-rigging is needed to ensure victory for the pro-Putin party."  So why is Putin so afraid of chess champion Gary Kasparov and other marginal players?  Because, in their heart of hearts, they fear that they will be caught at their tricks and turned back at the polls.  This should not be mistaken for the voice of conscience.

Is The West Check-mated By Putin's Russia?
July 26, 2007

Gary Kasparov knows the game of chess very well, and he knows the game of world politics very well, too. But he does not exactly think that world politics can be played like a chess game. Still, he also is astounded by how indifferent the world is to how the Russians play world poitics. That is, brutally. Nonetheless, Vladimir Putin pretends to have credentials to criticize the Americans and the British. And many Americans and Brits seem to agree with him.

Ruble Rousers; The poison-and-caviar world of Russian oligarchs inLondon.
April 02, 2007

Kim Murphy is a London correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. London, England One night last June, 400 A-list guests and several packs of wolvesdescended upon Althorp, the ancestral home of the late PrincessDiana. The guests--who included Orlando Bloom, Elle MacPherson, andSalman Rushdie--had been invited to attend a fund-raiser for theRaisa Gorbachev Foundation, which helps childhood cancer victims inRussia.

Putin's Latest
March 05, 2007

Vladimir Putin has just chosen Ramzan Kadyrov as the new president of Chechnya.

Crude Joke
February 12, 2007

IF THERE WAS one thing George W. Bush and his clique were supposed to know, it was oil. That, at least, was the widespread consensus back in 2000, when Bush first sought the White House, and it was easy to understand why. Bush’s grandfather was an oilman. His father was an oilman. He himself had worked in oil. His vice presidential nominee, Dick Cheney, was the former CEO of energy giant Halliburton. His campaign’s chairman, Donald Evans, was CEO of the oil company Tom Brown.