What Is Vladimir Putin Staring at in Sochi?
February 05, 2014
Unlike another despot known for looking at things, Putin's gaze always seems to fall on objects off-camera.
A Week Before the Olympics, the Kremlin is Attacking Russia's Last Independent TV Channel
January 31, 2014
As you read this, the Kremlin is preparing for the Winter Olympics by pushing Dozhd TV, Russia’s last independent television station, off a cliff.
The Khodorkovsky Case: Putin Giveth and Putin Taketh Away
December 20, 2013
Russia's president frees Russia's top dissident—on his own terms
Obama's Olympic Message to Putin: We're Here, We're Queer
December 19, 2013
Barack Obama's excellent Olympic snub of the Russian autocrat
In case you missed it, Kiev has been exploding over the last few days.
It's Easier than Ever to Charge Someone with Piracy
November 30, 2013
It's not just Vladimir Putin who's arresting activists for piracy. In international law, the term has changed meanings.
What Really Scares Vladimir Putin the Most
September 29, 2013
Helping Washington decode what the Russians are really after.
This Syria Resolution Is As Good As It Gets
September 29, 2013
On Friday night, the United Nations Security Council unanimously voted into being a resolution they floated 24 hours earlier to great acclaim.
The Machiavellian Genius of Angela Merkel
September 22, 2013
To state the obvious: Angela Merkel, who has just won a third term as German chancellor, isn’t very macho. Her preferred free-time pursuit is recreational nature walking.
Putin Wonders, Why Do Gays Have All the Luck?
September 19, 2013
Because we haven't spent enough time plumbing the depths of the psyche of Vladimir Putin this month, he offers us more diagnostic fodder. Speaking at the international conference at Valdai, Russia—which, if we're honest, is just a glorified session o