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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Russia’s Role in the Libyan Civil War Gives It Leverage Over Europe
Russia has played all sides in the conflict to get a seat at the negotiating table. Now it wants an end to sanctions.
Putin Is Planning a Partial Retirement
The Russian president may never leave the political stage—but he's now ready to take a step back.
Putin Moves to Heighten Russia’s Role After Suleimani Killing
The Kremlin is expected to leap at a chance to further undermine U.S. credibility in the Middle East.
Why Putin Is Smiling
Even if Russian intelligence didn’t orchestrate the near-total political dysfunction that led to Tuesday’s impeachment articles, things sure have gone the Kremlin’s way.
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.
Russia Is the Only Winner in Syria
With Washington’s policy in chaos and Erdogan moving into Putin’s orbit, Moscow has come out on top.
Putin May Want to Be an Emperor, but Russia Isn’t an Imperial Power
Russia’s drive to expand its sphere of influence isn’t inevitable—or even in the country’s best interest.
Putin Has a Dream of Africa
Amid Moscow’s maneuvering in the Middle East, the Russian leader’s campaign to renew old Soviet ties and build influence in Africa has taken off.