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Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) listens to Dmitry Rogozin (left), the head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos, as they visit the Vostochny cosmodrome in the Amur region on Sept. 4.

Scientists Want Out of Russia

Deepening paranoia and prominent arrests are crushing morale.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the Russian Energy Week International Forum in Moscow on Oct. 13.

The West Still Needs Russia’s Energy

Hopes of defanging Moscow through alternative energy have faded.

Maria Ressa holds up the warrant of arrest order after posting bail at a court in Manila.

A Nobel for Journalists Is a Direct Challenge to Authoritarians

Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov’s award will make leaders like Duterte and Putin think twice before attacking reporters—but only if democratic governments bolster the free press.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa link hands as they pose in front of their countries' flags.

Why BRICS Still Matters

BRICS may be a young institution, but it shouldn’t be underestimated.

The head of the Russian Art Department at Christie's readies a pre-auction exhibition in Moscow.

How Art Dealers, Real Estate Agents, and Hedge Funds Enable Corruption

If Biden is serious about fighting corruption, he needs to regulate 10 key white-collar professions.

Russian and African presidents pose at a Russia-Africa summit.

Who Blessed the Vlads Down in Africa?

Russia’s Wagner Group has its eyes on Mali. It fits a pattern of Russian interference in Africa.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks to press at the United Nations.

‘Minister Nyet’ Returns to His U.N. Stomping Grounds

Sergey Lavrov has honed the practice of body blocking U.S. and European diplomacy at every turn.

A polling station in Moscow

Putin’s Party Is Preparing for a Post-Majority Future

Slow shifts in the Russian electorate are making dominance harder—so United Russia is changing the rules.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

Moscow Expands Its Military Footprint on NATO’s Borders

Russia has been wargaming with Belarus. Sometimes, that’s a prelude.

Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov

Russia’s Crazy Sham Election

To retain control in this weekend’s Duma elections, the Kremlin has reached very deep into its bag of tricks.

A man walks past a United Russia party campaign poster in Moscow.

The Kremlin’s Don’t-Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign

Russia isn’t cracking heads ahead of this weekend’s parliamentary vote—just boring people away from the polls.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is at German Chancellery.

Why Putin Is Obsessed With ‘Foreign Agents’

The Kremlin’s latest crackdown could ultimately backfire.

Flags of Lithuania, the United States, and NATO are hoisted in front of a U.S. Air Force plane carrying U.S. soldiers at the air force base near Siauliai Zuokniai, Lithuania, on April 26, 2014.

Is Lithuania the West’s First Line of Defense?

The small Baltic nation is facing down threats from authoritarian regimes in Russia, Belarus, and China.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin before their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Oct. 5, 2018.

Are Indo-Russian Ties the Next Casualty of Great-Power Shifts?

The fall of Kabul may have widened the rift between New Delhi and Moscow.

A man touches a giant bronze sculpture of a mammoth.

The Woolly Mammoth’s Return Could Thaw Relations With Russia

An ambitious scientific project is a rare chance for cooperation.

A Russian soldier

Post-American Afghanistan and India’s Geopolitics

The fall of Kabul accelerates a fundamental realignment that was already underway.

The Russian and Chinese presidents attend a ceremony.

Welcome to the Era of Dictator Inflation

Authoritarians around the world are perfecting the art of seeming more powerful than they are.

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