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.
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.
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.
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.
Georgian Dream Meets Georgia’s Nightmare
The party tried to improve ties with Russia. Then the public intervened.
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.
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.
Putin Wants a Kazakh Retirement
Russia and Kazakhstan have plenty in common. Why not the transition plans for their longtime presidents?
‘Trotsky’ Is an Icepick to the Heart of Soviet History
The Russian-produced Netflix series is selling worrying myths to the public.
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?
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.
U.S. Citizen Held in Moscow Not Likely a Spy
Arrest could be retaliation for U.S. conviction of Russian national in influence operation.
Trump Should Not Have Canceled His Meeting With Putin at the G-20
The United States is missing an opportunity to keep Russia in line.
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.
Putin and Xi Outrank Trump in Global Confidence Poll
Merkel and Macron come out far ahead in a new Pew Research survey.
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.
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.