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.
If Lukashenko Falls, Is Putin Next?
Russian autocracy is different, but Belarus should still be a cautionary tale.
Is Belarus Putin’s Next Target?
As protests rock another post-Soviet state, the Kremlin could be in an annexationist mood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One Year On, Zelensky Survives Impeachment (Trump’s, That Is) and Blunted Hopes
After a roller-coaster year, the Ukrainian president remains hugely popular.
Putin Is Using the Pandemic to Consolidate Power
Public health is a convenient pretext for extending authoritarian controls.
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.
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.
How Trump and Putin Weakened U.N. Bid for a Global Cease-Fire
U.S. officials worry that counterterrorism operations will be constrained.