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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Russia Today
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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