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A Russian man pauses on a street in central Moscow on March 10, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Russians Lower Their Standards

Life may be getting harder in Russia, but Putin doesn’t care.

Vladimir Putin walks out of a voting booth at a polling station during Russia's presidential election in Moscow on March 18, 2018. (Yuri Kodobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Wants to Dissolve the Russian People and Elect Another

The Russian president was a man of the common people—until the common people started making demands.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands before attending a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki on July 16, 2018. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Once Wanted to Negotiate With Russia Over Nukes. Then Mueller Happened.

The U.S. president might be too hemmed in by the Russia probe to attempt a successor to the INF or START treaties.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (R), and Syrian Armed Forces' chief of staff Ali Abdullah Ayyoub (L) inspecting a military parade in the northwestern Syrian province of Latakia.

What Putin Really Wants in Syria

Russia never sought to be a small-time fixer in the Middle East. Its goal was to reclaim its status as a global power broker.

Members of Russian and Syrian forces stand guard near posters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at the Abu Duhur crossing on the eastern edge of Idlib province on Aug. 20, 2018. (George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images)

The Unintended Consequences of Trump’s Decision to Withdraw From Syria

It has already empowered Russia and Iran while undermining the Kurds.

Supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin wait for his arrival in front of Belgrade's Saint Sava Church on January 17, 2019.

There’s One Country in Europe Where Putin Is a Rock Star

The Russian president’s visit to Serbia was a lovefest—but beyond the odes to Orthodox brotherhood, the two authoritarian leaders are using one another to advance a geopolitical agenda.

U.S. President Donald Trump chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on Nov. 11, 2017. (Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images.)

The True Mystery Man in the Trump Probe: Putin

Even if Trump is impeached, U.S. investigators are unlikely to find the Russian president’s fingerprints.

A participant holds a banner with photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in front of the presidential palace during a demonstration on Dec. 21, 2018.

Defenders of Human Rights Are Making a Comeback

With larger powers in retreat, small countries and civil society groups have stepped up—and they have won some significant victories.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko walk in as they attend a session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 3, 2015.  (Sergei Karpukhin/AFP/Getty)

The Belarusian President Won’t Go Down Without a Fight

Tensions between Moscow and Minsk have sparked worries over another Russian annexation.

Vladimir Putin poses for a photo with the Kremlin-friendly rapper, Timati, during a meeting with his campaign activists in Moscow, on March 5, 2012.

Putin’s Public Enemy

The Kremlin is going after Russian rappers, but the government can't control a culture it doesn't understand.

Russian Navy Commander in Chief Adm. Vladimir Korolyov, President Vladimir Putin, and Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu examine a globe in St. Petersburg on July 30, 2017. (Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

How Putin Is Perfecting His Border Plan

From the Kremlin’s pro-Trump meddling in 2016 to its threats to Ukraine, Georgia and other border states, nearly everything has gone its way.

Russian President Vladimir Putin forages for mushrooms during a visit to Tuva, in southern Siberia, on Aug. 26. (Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Doesn’t Sweat His Unpopularity

Whatever the Russian president is doing in Ukraine, it isn’t because of his falling poll numbers.

A convoy of Russian troops makes its way through the mountains in the village of Dzhaba on August 9, 2008 as Georgian troops battled with Russian forces over breakaway provinces.

Ethnic Nationalism Gave Georgia Freedom. Now It Needs Civic Nationalism to Survive.

The Caucasus is a complex ethnic and religious patchwork, and only a shared identity can help Georgians push back against Putin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he talks with Igor Sechin, the CEO of oil giant Rosneft, following his meeting with Italy's Prime Minister in Sochi on May 17, 2017. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

New Sanctions Won’t Hurt Russia

Washington thinks punitive measures will change Moscow’s calculus, but the Russian economy is doing just fine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin waits to greet the South Korean prime minister ahead of their meeting on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, on Sept. 12. (Sergei Chirikov/AFP/Getty Images)

Russians Don’t Like the Kremlin’s Election Interference Either

In one gubernatorial race, a scandal might be a sign of Putin’s decline.

Belarus' crew on a T-72B3 battle tank competes in a final relay race of the tank biathlon competition at the International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, on Aug. 11. (Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)

The International Army Games Are Decadent and Depraved

What attending a tank biathlon outside of Moscow taught me about contemporary Russia.

Anna Pavlikova, a Russian teen who was arrested on charges of organizing an extremist group, listens during a hearing in Moscow's Dorogomilovsky District Court on Aug. 16. (Valery Sharifulin/TASS Images/ Getty Images)

Teen’s Detention in Russia Prompts Public Outcry

The young woman belonged to a political group whose members may have been entrapped by a police informant.

A demonstrator wears a mask bearing a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin as protesters gather for a march to defend human rights, freedom of speech, and democracy on July 15, ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP)

Finland and the Bear

Russian meddling is a rising concern in Helsinki.

Montenegrin Army soldiers fire artillery look at the Montenegro flag during preparations on the eve of Independence day, on May 20, 2010 in Cetinje, Montenegro.

A Russian Attack on Montenegro Could Mean the End of NATO

Trump doesn’t think the country is worth defending. Putin has already tried to destabilize it once—the West can’t let it happen again.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 11, 2018.

The Summer of Israel’s Contentment

Politicians are exploiting a period of relative calm to gamble with the country’s future.

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