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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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their joint news conference in Moscow on April 8.

It’s Not Too Late to Stop Turkey From Realigning With Russia

Strains in U.S.-Turkish relations are leading Erdogan into Putin’s embrace. Smart diplomacy and defense assistance can bring America’s NATO ally back into the fold.

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Kremlin in Moscow, on Dec. 19, 2012. (Maxim Shemetov/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Wants a Kazakh Retirement

Russia and Kazakhstan have plenty in common. Why not the transition plans for their longtime presidents?

Konstantin Khabensky in Trotsky. (Sreda Production Company

‘Trotsky’ Is an Icepick to the Heart of Soviet History

The Russian-produced Netflix series is selling worrying myths to the public.

Ukrainian ultra-nationalists burn flares and shout slogans as they march in the center of Lviv on April 28, 2016, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the foundation of the SS Galicia. (Yuriy Dyachshyn/AFP/Getty Images)

Black Is the New Orange

With Soviet-style illiberalism on the rise, what is there to celebrate on the five-year anniversary of Ukraine’s Maidan uprising?

Donald Trump speaks during the presidential debate in Hempstead, New York, on Sept. 26, 2016. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Why Isn’t Trump Talking About the American Jailed in Russia?

A president who takes pride in freeing U.S. detainees abroad has been strangely silent about Paul Whelan.

Paul Whelan, an American detained by Russian authorities and accused of espionage. (Photo courtesy of the Whelan family)

U.S. Citizen Held in Moscow Not Likely a Spy

Arrest could be retaliation for U.S. conviction of Russian national in influence operation.

The Danske Bank building in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Danske Bank Scandal Is the Tip of the Iceberg

Financial institutions and the governments that regulate them aren’t doing nearly enough to prevent money laundering.  

Chinese President Xi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and U.S. President Donald Trump pose with other Asian leaders during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam on Nov. 11, 2017.
(Jorge Silva/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin and Xi Outrank Trump in Global Confidence Poll

Merkel and Macron come out far ahead in a new Pew Research survey.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R), accompanied by Patriarch of Russia Kirill and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, places a candle as he visits the New Jerusalem Orthodox Monastery outside the town of Istra, some 70 km outside Moscow, on November 15, 2017. (ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Wants God (or at Least the Church) on His Side

A contest over the future of Christianity in Ukraine goes to the heart of Moscow's ambitions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu inspect Russian Army's and Naval military exercises in Pacific Ocean not far from the isle of Sakhalin, also claimed by Japan,  on July 16, 2013.  (ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia Won’t Budge an Inch on Islands Japan Claims

Putin will never give ground on territorial issues, but Abe can still warm up relations.

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