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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Oct. 5, 2018.

America’s India Problem Is All About Russia

Forget U.S. sanctions over arms deals. Indian-Russian alignment is in Washington’s best interest.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a video meeting of the Pobeda ("victory") organizing committee at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on July 2, 2020.

Time to Think About a World Without Putin

The Russian leader is contemplating his mortality—as are his backers.

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping toast during a State Luncheon for China hosted on September 25, 2015 at the Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Will Biden Have to Choose Between U.S. Interests and Human Rights?

A coup in Myanmar and Russia’s sentencing of Alexei Navalny raise questions about whether promoting U.S. values could weaken Washington’s hand when it comes to great-power competition.

Police detain protesters in Moscow

Navalny’s Return Has Thrown Putin Off Balance

The Russian regime isn’t handling the protests with its normal authoritarian aplomb.

Police detain a protester during a rally in support of jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny in Moscow on Jan. 23.

Putin Has Learned From Belarus in Handling the Navalny Protests

The Russian regime has barely started to tap its vast toolkit for violence and intimidation.

A souvenir shop displays Matryoshka dolls featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump in Moscow on Dec. 3, 2019.

You Can’t Blame Russia for Trump

America’s reality TV autocrat was a homegrown creation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches a military parade on Red Square in Moscow on June 24, 2020.

Russia Is in Agony, but Putin’s Dictatorship Is Going Down

Garry Kasparov on why this weekend’s protests may be the beginning of the end of autocracy in Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a welcome ceremony at the Russian military base in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Oct. 5, 2012.

Navalny’s Bravery Is Unlikely to Shift Putin’s Entrenched Power

There’s no sign of defection from Russia’s security services, let alone the army.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny

Navalny Is All-In on Bringing Down Putinism

Russia’s opposition leader is forcing the system to make decisions it wants to avoid.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands behind Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.

Germany Is Pouring Cold Water on the Biden-Europe Love Fest

Even the arrival of a pro-European U.S. administration can’t paper over unmistakable signs of trans-Atlantic trouble.

Vladimir Putin gives a speech at a forum of the All-Russia People’s Front in Moscow on Dec. 19, 2017.

The Friendlier Face of Putinism

Meet the often overlooked organization trying to reconnect Russia’s leader with the people—and secure Putin’s influence for years to come.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow’s Red Square marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II on June 24.

In 2020, Putin Raised the Stakes at Home and Abroad

Russia started the year with political uncertainty, then cemented Putin’s future, and ended the year by poisoning the main opposition figure—and future relations with the Biden administration.

Maia Sandu, the winner of the recent election, wearing a face mask as she casts her ballot at a polling station during the second round of Moldova's presidential election in Chisinau, Moldova on Nov. 15, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Moldova’s Election Result Is a Blow to Russia’s Regional Dominance

The victory of the pro-Western politician Maia Sandu shows Putin is losing his grip over Russia’s near abroad.

Young activists and supporters of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden gather and dance on Black Lives Matter Plaza just outside the White House on Nov. 4.

Our Top Weekend Reads

America’s democracy demotion, U.N. peacemaking in the age of plague, and Biden’s Putin challenge.

A mask of Russian President Vladimir Putin on sale at a souvenir stall in Saint Petersburg on Jan. 29, 2020.

Biden’s Putin Challenge

Biden has a clear-eyed view of the threat posed by Russia—but a lot of bad advice to ignore.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump talk at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam, on Nov. 11, 2017.

Putin Expects a Long Confrontation With America Under Biden

As Putin refuses to congratulate Biden, all eyes in the Kremlin are on the president-elect’s new team.

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