Karina Orlova
Contributing Writer
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Russian Show Trial
An Eight-Year Jail Term Kicks Off Six More Years of Putin

The dubious conviction of a federal minister paints a dire picture of things to come in Putin’s next term as President.

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Doping Drama
How the Olympics Ban Helps Putin

Banning Russia from the Olympics does not create a political crisis for Putin. It actually helps him avoid one.

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News Analysis
The Real Lessons of RT’s Foreign Agent Registration

RT’s new filing as a foreign agent shows how lavishly funded its American operations are—and raises troubling questions about where all that money is really going.

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A Stabbing In Moscow
The Case for Sanctioning Putin’s Propagandists

A sordid attack on a liberal radio station shows the pernicious effects of Russia’s propaganda—and should be a wake-up call for those who are serious about countering the threat.

Sobchak Runs for President
Russia’s Potemkin Democracy Goes Glamorous

Ksenia Sobchak’s sham presidential run shows how corrupt and tightly-controlled Russia’s system really is.

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The Quiet War
Make America Vigilant Again

An open society needs to be keenly aware of the cynical perfidy of its adversaries.

Putin's World
Sechin’s Sausages

A glimpse of the seamy underbelly of Russia’s oil industry.

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Putin's Problems
Will Chechnya Detonate Russia?

Putin made a Faustian pact to keep peace in Chechnya. It’s now coming back to haunt him.

Junior's Russia Meetings
All The Dots, Connected

A look at the networks connecting the various Russians attending Donald Trump, Jr.’s notorious meeting shows us just what the Russian state is—and what it wants.

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.

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