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A gathering in support of Alexei Navalny

What Does Putin Stand to Gain (and Lose) by Going After Navalny?

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has survived his brush with a Russian nerve agent. But the attempt on his life says a lot about what Russia has become.

Demonstrators protest against the results of the recent Belarusian presidential election outside the Belarusian Embassy in Moscow on Aug. 12.

If Lukashenko Falls, Is Putin Next?

Russian autocracy is different, but Belarus should still be a cautionary tale.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Aleksandr Lukashenko plant a tree during a ceremony unveiling the Soviet Soldier Memorial near Rzhev, Russia on June 30, 2020.

Is Belarus Putin’s Next Target? 

As protests rock another post-Soviet state, the Kremlin could be in an annexationist mood. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Baku, Azerbaijan in December 2003.

Putin Is Ruling Russia Like a Central Asian Dictator

The Kremlin didn’t invent term limit resets and constitutional referendums. The autocratic leaders of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan blazed the trail.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with his cabinet in the East Room of the White House on May 19 in Washington, DC.

Democrats See Senate Republicans Vulnerable Due to Trump’s Russia Problem

Trump’s continued reluctance to criticize Moscow over bounties has given Democratic contenders a fresh opening to attack lawmakers loyal to the White House.

U.S. President Donald Trump in Beijing

Trump Wants China on Board With New Arms Control Pact

Obama’s New START arms treaty limited Russian and American nukes. Now, U.S. officials want to rope in Beijing.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for a meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.

U.S. Sees Russian Push to Consolidate Foothold in Georgia 

Russian-backed authorities in Georgia’s separatist regions are continuing to harden border crossings, limiting access for the United States and aid organizations.

 

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.

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