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How Muscle Works in Moscow

Understanding “krysha,” the word that explains why Russian life is all about having the right kind of protection.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath-laying ceremony.

The Coronavirus Could Hit Putin Most of All

New surveys show a surprising decline in the Russian president’s popularity. The pandemic will accelerate a trend of mistrust in the Kremlin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, tours the new coronavirus information center in Moscow on March 17.

Putin Is Using the Pandemic to Consolidate Power

Public health is a convenient pretext for extending authoritarian controls.

Ukrainians protest against the withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from the Zolote area in eastern Ukraine, where they had been battling Moscow-backed separatists, in Kyiv on Oct. 29, 2019.

Ukraine, Not Russia, Will Sue for Peace as Pandemic Pressure Rises

Hopes that a pandemic-weakened Russia will want to end the war in Ukraine will be disappointed.

Various photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin

How Putin Changed Russia Forever

President Vladimir Putin has transformed his country and its relations with the world. We asked 11 leading experts to look back at his 20-year reign and predict what the future may bring.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters during a cease-fire

How Trump and Putin Weakened U.N. Bid for a Global Cease-Fire

U.S. officials worry that counterterrorism operations will be constrained.

Leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meet at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018.

5 Reasons Why a Global Agreement to Prop Up Oil Prices Won’t Work

Even if the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Russia make a historic show of cooperation, any respite for the oil industry will be short-lived.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on Dec. 19, 2019.

As the West Panics, Putin Is Watching

The coronavirus crisis is exposing the West’s weaknesses—and adversaries of the U.S. and EU are paying close attention so they can exploit vulnerabilities in a future conflict.

Medical staff wearing protective suits

Fortress Russia Begins to Show Cracks as Coronavirus Spreads

Russian officials once touted their success in holding off the virus. Now cases are rising as their statistics are being questioned.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall to mark the Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow on February 23, 2020. (YURI KOCHETKOV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Will Putin Be Russia’s President For Life?

A series of choreographed moves have set the stage for him to potentially rule until at least 2036.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch of Russia Kirill lay flowers at a monument in Moscow's Red Square on Nov. 4, 2018.

Selling Your Soul to the Kremlin

A new book chronicles the Faustian bargain that Russians—from holy men to human rights activists—have made with Vladimir Putin’s government.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the G-8 summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on June 18, 2013.

Russians See Weekend Rally as Litmus Test

Putin’s critics hope to turn an annual gathering for Boris Nemtsov into a protest against changes to the constitution.

Russian national guard members patrol along Moscow's Red Square on Dec. 30, 2019.

For Russia, Impeachment Can’t Be Over Soon Enough

Despite the shadow cast by election interference, many leading Russians—even Putin—would like to get back to normal dealings.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying ceremony on the 75th anniversary of the Leningrad siege near St. Petersburg on Jan. 18.

Vladimir Putin Wants to Rewrite the History of World War II

The Russian president’s amateur history lessons are outraging neighboring countries. While he is right to criticize a recent EU Parliament resolution, his historical revisionism doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin meets with acting members of the cabinet in Moscow on Jan. 17.

Russia’s New Prime Minister Augurs Techno-Authoritarianism

Mikhail Mishustin used the art of surveillance to master the science of tax revenue collection. Now he may lend that expertise to enhance Putin’s authoritarian state.

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