How Russia Tried to Weaponize Charlie Sheen
What’s behind an odd, international campaign to free a Russian operative from a Libyan jail?
Finland’s President Can Hold His Own With Both Putin and Trump
Sauli Niinisto is hugely popular at home—and is one of the few world leaders who has the respect of both Washington and Moscow.
In Russia, All Politics Is Local
Ahead of this weekend’s elections, the biggest threat to Putin is not a nationwide uprising—it is a series of smaller protests over deeply felt local concerns.
The Trump Administration Has Gone AWOL on Belarus
The Belarusian people may yet achieve the end of the Lukashenko era, but it will be in spite of the United States’ silence.
Time Is Running Out in Belarus
Putin is signaling he wants a clear resolution—but he may not mind which side wins.
Lukashenko Doesn’t Want to Be Putin’s Deputy Tsar
Russia will do just enough to prop up Belarus’s tottering regime.
Putin’s Security Forces Are Increasingly Unsure About Putin
Anti-government protests are growing, and the Kremlin doesn’t have stormtroopers willing to mount a crackdown.
Lukashenko Is Putin’s Future
The Russian president may seem invincible, but the descent of his Belarusian comrade may hint at what’s to come.
How Putin and the KGB Took Control of Russia—and Duped the West
An important new book details the carefully calculated rise of a modern-day tsar.
Democracies Can’t Blame Putin for Their Disinformation Problem
The focus on foreign subversion ignores the damage being done at home.
Russia Scores Pandemic Propaganda Triumph With Medical Delivery to U.S.
Along with China, the Kremlin is looking to gain a geopolitical edge on the West by rushing medical supplies to countries hit hard by the coronavirus.
In the Coronavirus, Putin May Have Met His Match
The Russian leader still wants to make himself president for life. But COVID-19 is fomenting new distrust in the state he built.
Putin Wants the World to Keep Guessing
The Russian president’s goal isn’t necessarily to be president for life. Unless it is.
The End of Volodymyr Zelensky’s Honeymoon
Changing Ukraine is much harder than its president thought. Here is how Zelensky should reboot his presidency and secure his place in history.
Succession and Punishment
Putin’s plans to avoid leaving power show that he hasn’t solved a central puzzle of Russian politics.
Putin Is Following the Game Plan of Other Autocrats Before Him
And moves like his Jan. 15 announcement generally work—both to secure a leader’s power and ensure a favorable transition down the road.
Mikhail Gorbachev’s Pizza Hut Thanksgiving Miracle
In 1997, the former Soviet leader needed money, and Pizza Hut needed a spokesman. Greatness ensued.
The Anti-Putin Shaman’s Magical Mystery Tour
Alexander Gabyshev vowed to drive the “demon Putin” out of Russia through an exorcism. Here’s why Moscow took the threat seriously.