Russia News

What will Khodorkovsky do next?

Oct 02, 2014
After a decade in prison you look at time differently, says Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The former Russian oligarch, whom President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly pardoned in December, is visiting Washington this week, sharing his thoughts with people who knew him back in Moscow -- before prison, before his Yukos Oil Co. was dismantled, before he lost his estimated fortune of $15 billion.

Russia's 'Potemkin Village' Elections

Sep 30, 2014
"To understand voting in Russia, it helps to have a literary turn of mind, an appreciation of the Kafkaesque lengths to which the authorities will go to constrain the opposition," writes Jill Dougherty.

Addicted to Putin

Sep 30, 2014
"Russians have come to depend on their belief in Putin as much as he depends on their support. Instead of serving as a source of stability, as it did in the past, this mutual dependence is driving Russia toward political and economic isolation – with serious consequences for ordinary Russians’ livelihoods," writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

Is There a New Crack in the West’s Sanctions Regime Against Russia?

Sep 29, 2014
"Obama needs to lay out in precise terms the conditions that could lead Washington to consider a change in its Russian sanctions policy. Otherwise, the EU may use Obama’s U.N. speech as an opportunity to reconsider its current sanctions — to the clear detriment of U.S. business and national security interests," writes Will Pomeranz.

Putin's Playbook

Sep 16, 2014
"So what is Mr. Putin up to, my American friends and colleagues keep asking. He is, quite simply, bent on preserving and expanding his personal and Russia’s international power...the methodology in his playbook is constant and ruthless." writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

The Ukrainian Crisis is at a Point of No Return

Sep 10, 2014
"As Russia continues to set the agenda on Ukraine and the West continues to implement the same ineffective strategy, Ukrainians feel increasing abandoned," writes Alina Polyakova.

What No Strategy On The Islamic State Means For The Region

Sep 02, 2014
"We need the president actually explaining to the American people why it matters to confront ISIS, and we need an enhanced sense of urgency," said Jane Harman during this interview with NPR.

Putin’s Already Paying Dearly for Ukraine – and the Price Will Only Go Up

Aug 12, 2014
Putin believes that Russian sovereignty can be best protected by its growing isolation. However, his fundamental misunderstanding of how the post-imperial, post-World War Two international system works has already created serious economic consequences in Russia, writes William E. Pomeranz.

Sanctions Finally Find Russia’s Achilles Heel

Jul 23, 2014
"Sanctions have definitely found Russia’s Achilles’ heel, and with harsher sanctions looming in the aftermath of flight MA17, Putin is finding it increasingly difficult to craft an effective reply," writes Will Pomeranz.

Russia's Economy Turns to a Blast from the Past: The New Economic Policy

Jul 21, 2014
NEP suddenly is back in vogue but in a global economy, NEP’s uniquely domestic approach to solving economic problems may send out the wrong message at the wrong time to the international business community, writes Will Pomeranz.

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