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U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Helsinki.

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.

A live broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin's address to the nation over the coronavirus outbreak

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.

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Putin Wants the World to Keep Guessing

The Russian president’s goal isn’t necessarily to be president for life. Unless it is.

Volodymyr Zelensky arrives at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Arctic cosmodrome in Plesetsk on Feb. 18, 2004.

Succession and Punishment

Putin’s plans to avoid leaving power show that he hasn’t solved a central puzzle of Russian politics.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a New Year’s address to Russians in central Moscow on Dec. 31, 2017.

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.

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Mikhail Gorbachev’s Pizza Hut Thanksgiving Miracle

In 1997, the former Soviet leader needed money, and Pizza Hut needed a spokesman. Greatness ensued.

A shaman is pictured behind a fire during a traditional Slavic holiday celebration in the Kalugskaya region of Russia on June 22, 2008.

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.

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan speaks at a press conference.

Trump’s Next Envoy to Russia Has a Mountain to Climb

First John Sullivan must get through Congress, which wants to question him about Ukraine. Then he must deal with a hostile Moscow.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 27, 2018.

The Tyrannical Mr. Trump

If the U.S. president is impeached and removed from office, don’t expect him to accept the result.

A member of a local election commission prepares a polling station ahead of elections in Moscow on Sept. 6.

Russia’s Future Is Still in the Hands of Putin’s Cronies

The president’s allies are starting to express discontent. They’ll stick with him for now, but a change could be coming.

Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves the stage after speaking during the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum at the China National Convention Center in Beijing on May 14, 2017.

Russians Begin to Consider Life Without Putin

After a summer of discontent, a series of elections in Russia opens up a new chapter in its political history.

A picture taken on October 24, 2010 and released on October 28, 2010 shows Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin posing at his office in the Russian capital.

Moscow’s Mayor Has Kissed Putin’s Ring

The leader of Russia’s capital was popular across the political spectrum—until the country’s most recent protests.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen in front of a map at his country residence of Novo-Ogaryovo outside Moscow on Jan. 10, 2006.

There’s More to Russia Than Putin

How the country’s governors will shape its future.

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28.

The 2 Steps to Fix Relations With Russia

Washington needs to establish deterrence with Moscow. But in the long term, it needs to focus on building trust.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2018.

Putin’s Not Ready to Call It Quits

From annexing Belarus to reforming the constitution, speculation about how the Russian president will stay in power is rife. The question is whether any of the gambits will work.

A family picture shows Andriy Oprysko, right, a 47-year-old seaman—one of 24 Ukrainian sailors who have been held captive by Moscow since the incident on the Kerch Strait—posing with his son, also named Andriy Oprysko.

Trump Meets Putin at G-20 While Ukrainian Sailors Remain Jailed

The U.S. president drew a red line when 24 Ukrainians were seized last year. Now his sit-down with the Russian president is back on.

Protesters hold signs Georgian flags during a rally in front of the parliament building in Tbilisi on June 21.

Georgian Dream Meets Georgia’s Nightmare

The party tried to improve ties with Russia. Then the public intervened.

The Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov leaves the head investigative department's office in Moscow on June 11.

Journalist’s Release Reveals Cracks in the Putin System

The Kremlin is growing nervous over rising public resistance to the Russian president’s long rule.

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