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