The Grim, Remote Future of the Winter Olympics

This winter, Moscow spent more than $50 billion to highlight Mother Russia at the Sochi Olympics but mostly got attention for poisoning stray dogs, mounting ...


When Terrorism (That Never Happened) Made Headlines in Sochi

The XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, ended just as they began: with an ostentatious, exhaustive, and carefully scripted celebration of Russian heritage and ...


Kiev Envy

Moscow after the Olympics offers a study in contrasts. Unlike their counterparts in Sochi, where the security forces wore fun purple uniforms with a flowery ...


Green Fades to Black

SOCHI, Russia—The complex appeared like a dystopian desert mirage. A dozen buildings nestled on the mountain meadow, a sea of herbs and wildflowers interrupted by ...

The Complex

Did A Former Auto Mechanic Keep Ukraine From Civil War?

This story has been corrected. The man who may be responsible for helping to keep the violence in Ukraine from escalating has reportedly left Kiev ...


Getting Whipped by Cossacks Makes for a Great Music Video

Pussy Riot are some of the most brilliant activists working today. On Wednesday, the feminist punk collective -- or at least some of them -- ...


The Russian Anti-Olympic Protest that Putin Doesn’t Want You to Know About

On Valentine's Day, the Russian authorities arrested a man named Asker Sokht. Sokht is a prominent member of the Circassian ethnic minority, many of whom ...


Thin Ice

Many of the controversies surrounding Russia's hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi have been roundly covered by the foreign press and on social ...


Patriotism and the Olympics

There were no free tables at the Sochi gay club Mayak on Friday night. St. Valentine's Day ruled. The patrons expressed their feelings freely. Kissing ...

Christian Caryl

The Young and the Restless

I recently had the honor to participate in an online debate about democracy sponsored by the Economist. It was illuminating -- not least because my ...

Kerry Tells European Envoys U.N. Action on Palestine Can Wait till Israeli Election

Kerry Tells European Envoys U.N. Action on Palestine Can Wait till Israeli Election

Obama Hammers Sony for Pulling ‘The Interview’

Obama Hammers Sony for Pulling ‘The Interview’

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