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Lies and Objective Truth
Inside Putin’s Echo Chamber

What a silly set of lies about a doctored YouTube clip in the Oliver Stone documentary tells us about how Putin gets his information.

Russia Today
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Watch what happens when you go out of your way to praise Putin.

The Noose Tightens
Award-Winning Russian Director Detained, Theater Raided

As Putin heads to meet French President Emanuel Macron next week, his security services are interrogating a celebrated Cannes-winning director in Moscow.

Sad!
Putin’s Isolation on Display at Victory Day

International media like to portray Putin’s maneuvering in Ukraine and Syria as having wrested him a seat at the big boys’ table. But in truth, his corrupt regime has fewer and fewer friends around the world.

Of Heart Attacks and Hit Men
Following the Trail of Dead Russians

Russia is a violent place, and not all the assassinations that happen there are connected. But sometimes they look like they might be…

Keeping Up With Medvedev
The Russian PM Dodges a Bullet, Sharpens His Knives

Now that Dmitry Medvedev knows beyond a reasonable doubt that he is being attacked, he will ruthlessly clean house when he gets his hands on the throne. And his enemies know he knows who they are.

Of Moscow Meetings
When Rex Met Sergey

Behind all the talk of tension and impasses, one can see the outlines of Donald Trump’s transactional diplomacy taking shape.

Pretenders to the Throne
The Kremlin Intrigue Behind the Anti-Corruption Protests

The story is more about a power struggle than about people power.

He Said He Said
Protests Planned Against Medvedev

All corruption revelations are due to tactical leaking in Russia. So who’s out to get Dmitry Medvedev?

The Sick Man of Russia
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Diagnosis for Medvedev Not Looking Good

An offhand remark by Vladimir Putin has Russians reading the tea leaves on the Prime Minister’s future.

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Fault Lines

The situation in Cyprus has lately tracked closely with Turkey’s attitude to the West. As relations deteriorate, watch things get uglier.

right-wing PC

As a minority, and a minority that historically has often been unpopular, Jews have a structural interest in the protection of minority rights.

Petrostates in Peril

Economic growth is predictably sluggish for petrostates.

American Balkanization

Pew data point to one of the core ironies of liberal politics today.

Rage Against the Machine

The Palestinians want international sympathy. But rioting over metal detectors after a terrorist attack seems more likely to draw international contempt.

Revolution

A Schlumberger surge is a good sign for the health of the U.S. shale industry.

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