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Actor Charlie Sheen attends a charity softball game to benefit “California Strong” at Pepperdine University on January 13, 2019 in Malibu, California. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for California Strong)

How Russia Tried to Weaponize Charlie Sheen

What’s behind an odd, international campaign to free a Russian operative from a Libyan jail?

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin

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.

People carry a banner reading "Return Furgal for Us" during an unauthorized rally in support of governor Sergei Furgal in the Russian far eastern city of Khabarovsk on Aug. 8.

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.

A woman holds a forbidden Belarusian flag during a protest rally in Minsk on Aug. 14.

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.

A protest in Belarus

Time Is Running Out in Belarus

Putin is signaling he wants a clear resolution—but he may not mind which side wins.

People holding placards with images of Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko

Lukashenko Doesn’t Want to Be Putin’s Deputy Tsar

Russia will do just enough to prop up Belarus’s tottering regime.

Police officers stand guard outside the headquarters of Russia's Federal Security Services (FSB) in central Moscow on July 7, 2020.

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.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Aleksandr Lukashenko attend a session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 3, 2015.

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Igor Sechin during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 1, 2019. Among the powerful businessmen and officials with whom Putin surrounds himself is Sechin, a former KGB agent in East Africa who worked as Putin’s secretary in the 1990s and is now the head of state-owned oil giant Rosneft. ALEXEI DRUZHININ/AFP via Getty Images

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a videoconference meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on April 20.

Democracies Can’t Blame Putin for Their Disinformation Problem

The focus on foreign subversion ignores the damage being done at home.

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

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.

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