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Whatever does happen in Ukraine, nobody is pretending that any of what's going on is a grassroots or spontaneous expression of civic discontent. Acting Ukrainian President Oleksand...(full article)

A plane crash at Smolensk in Russia four years ago wiped out the Warsaw leadership. It used to be seen as an accident. Now, after Putin’s games in Ukraine, people aren’...(full article)

To project strength, Nato requires a convincing enemy and a retreating Russia does not do the job....(full article)

The view Germans have of Russia is skewed by romanticism and historical baggage. Without taking a sober look at Moscow, we will never find an adequate strategy for dealing with Vla...(full article)

My point is that Russia’s assault on Ukraine poses a stark issue of cross-border aggression and territorial seizure. And wherever it occurs, in Crimea today or Kuwait 20-plus yea...(full article)

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Hawks Can't Find Ukraine on a Map - Dropp, Kertzer & Zeitzoff, Monkey Cage

On March 28-31, 2014, we asked a national sample of 2,066 Americans (fielded via Survey Sampling International Inc. (SSI), what action they wanted the U.S. to take in Ukraine, but ...

Is Estonia Worth a War? - Justin Logan, The National Interest

No one near the levers of power in Washington suggested that Ukraine’s territorial integrity was worth risking a war with Russia. That stark reality offers an opportunity to eval...

No More, Mr. Putin - Daily Telegraph

The West needs to make it plain that it will not tolerate any further occupation of European soil by the Kremlin....

Shukhov Tower: The Eiffel of the East - Susannah Stevens, BBC News

The proposed demolition of a rusting Soviet radio tower in Moscow has ignited a passionate, international conservation campaign. Why?...

Ukraine Conflict Sparks German Identity Crisis - C. Hoffmann, Spiegel

Many Germans feel a special bond to Russia. This makes the Ukraine crisis particularly dangerous for Berlin because it raises important questions about the very nature of German id...

Financial Warfare Could Lead to Actual War - Harold James, Project Syn.

The revolution in Ukraine and Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea have generated a serious security crisis in Europe. But, with Western leaders testing a new kind of financ...

Putin's Borrowed Playbook - David Ignatius, Washington Post

Putin, the former KGB officer, may in fact be taking a page out of America's playbook during the Ronald Reagan presidency, when the Soviet empire began to unravel thanks to a relen...

Playing Hockey with Putin - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

We need a strategy to help Ukraine and to undermine Putinism today -- and to reintegrate Russia tomorrow. It’s a big, big lift. So let’s be honest with ourselves and wi...

Will the EU Take on Putin? - Bloomberg View

If the Europeans think that Plan A gives them wiggle room on imposing painful sanctions, they are deluding themselves. It was important that the U.S. administration respond to the ...

It's Not Just the Russians Spoiling for a Fight - Mark Almond, Telegraph

If both sides in Ukraine were merely puppets of Great Power sponsors, the situation would be much less dangerous. Naturally, both the West and the Kremlin have their agendas. But n...

Sweden and Finland Face Their Russian Fears - Suvi Turtiainen, Die Welt

Neither Finland nor Sweden will be joining NATO anytime soon. The most significant obstacle to their membership is their citizens' strict refusal to join, which obviously influence...

Who Are You Calling Fascist, Putin? - Cathy Young, Weekly Standard

Throughout the Ukraine crisis, Moscow has insisted that the Euromaidan protests against the pro-Russian regime of Viktor Yanukovych were driven by far-right groups, fascists, or ev...

Reality Check Time: Putin Is Losing in Crimea - Michael Cohen, Yahoo

Rather than push the U.S. and EU away from his western border, Putin’s actions have practically invited them in by strengthening the bonds between Kiev and the West. It is yet an...

Ukrainian & Russian: Geopolitics of Language - Andrea Gregovich, NewGeo

The Russian-speaking population of Ukraine has been at a disadvantage since the collapse of the Soviet Union. In the Ukrainian parliament, this occasionally erupts in violent brawl...

Why Vladimir Putin Confounds the West - Neil Macdonald, CBC News

As U.S. President Barack Obama noted last month, Russia no longer leads a bloc of nations, as it once did. Nor does it any longer stand for an ideology that for better or worse ins...

Is the Neo-Isolationist Moment Already Over? - Walter Mead, American Int

As the domestic political debate over these crises heats up, we are seeing a classic American pattern in action. America’s success abroad breeds stupidity and hubris in U.S. fore...

Checking Putin's Eurasian Ambitions - Svante Cornell, Wall Street Journal

Georgia and Azerbaijan can deny Moscow access to the Caspian Sea and Central Asia. But they need U.S. support....

Did Syrian Rebels Gas Civilians? - Seymour Hersh, London Review of Books

As intercepts and other data related to the 21 August attacks were gathered, the intelligence community saw evidence to support its suspicions. ‘We now know it was a covert actio...

The Holes in Seymour Hersh's Syria Story - Marc Champion, Bloomberg

Given the industrial scale dissimulation now being exercised by Russian intelligence operatives in Ukraine, it is hard to grasp how anyone with Hersh's experience could publish suc...

Russia's Ace in the Hole: a Super-Missile for Iran - Eli Lake, Daily Beast

It’s Washington’s nightmare scenario: an aggressive Moscow deciding it’s time to arm Tehran with sophisticated weapons. And it may be closer to reality than you think....

Putin Isn't Invading Ukraine -- He's Sabotaging It - Steve LeVine, Quartz

With Crimea in hand, Russia appears to be using powerful tools—from natural gas price hikes to a threat of the further loss of territory—to secure influence in the rest...

If Putin Keeps Going... - Chicago Tribune

The West should be ready to respond. And Obama ought to remind Americans why Russia could take us to war....

Dreaming of Soviet Glory Days - David Patrikarakos, The Daily Beast

If you stand on Shevchenko Boulevard outside Donetsk City Hall, which was stormed by around a thousand pro-Russian activists on Sunday, you start to question the reality of moder...

Putin's War of Nerves in Ukraine - David Blair, Daily Telegraph

Will Vladimir Putin take the next step and invade eastern Ukraine? He certainly has the forces available: anything between 30,000 and 50,000 Russian troops are massed near Ukrain...

Seriously, What Did You Expect Russia to Do? - Edward Lozansky, FP

Any nation's foreign policy, including those of the most liberal and democratic states, rests on the frankly cynical what's-good-for-us-is-supremely-just principle, and those who ...

Putin's Czarist Folly - Robert Service, New York Times

Russian school textbooks praise Peter the Great as an industrializer and cultural visionary who turned his country into a European power. Russia became feared but also respected ...

Pro-Russia Protesters Storm Ukraine Govt Buildings - Daniel Politi, Slate

Hundreds of pro-Russian demonstrators took to the streets in the three eastern Ukrainian cities of Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kharkov and stormed government buildings, according to RT...

A U.S. Ally in Putin's Line of Fire - Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal

From the pinkish presidential palace here, the Russia border lies 130 miles due east across a flat coastal Baltic plain. Toomas Hendrik Ilves took up residence in 2006, two years...

The Case for Gradualism Against Russia - Riccardo Alcaro, Nat'l Interest

The merits of a gradual approach shine through the flaws of the open confrontation strategy. Unity of purpose is likelier to be achieved if Russia further escalates the situation i...

Russia: Poison State Running on Dirty Cash - Heather Mallick, Toronto Star

The Russian Federation is an East Germany writ large, and it is difficult for us to grasp the horror of the ordinary citizen trapped inside it. The only way to threaten Putin’s ...

Can Putin Be Countered? - Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

Putin is in a far better position than many Western policymakers and pundits seem to realize. And turning the tables on him won’t be easy....

A Virtual Iron Curtain Falls on Russia - Anna Nemtsova, The Daily Beast

Every morning last week, public relations specialist Roman Fedoseyev dreaded going online, fearful he would find news that the Russian army had crossed the Ukrainian border. The ...

Is This How the Invasion of Ukraine Begins? - Joshua Keating, Slate

fter a lull in activity, events began moving very quickly in Ukraine over the weekend. Pro-Russian protesters seized a government building in the eastern city of Donetsk, proclaimi...

The Return of 'Novorossiya' - Linda Kinstler, The New Republic

Over the weekend, pro-Russian protesters rioted in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kharkov. They took over government buildings and arms caches, waving Russ...

It's Not Russia That's Destablizing Ukraine - Sergei Lavrov, The Guardian

The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20...

War Is Coming - Mikheil Saakashvili, Foreign Policy

In early March, the Russian Federation, after staging a referendum under Kalashnikovs in Crimea, proceeded to annex the region and laid the groundwork -- according to Moscow -- fo...

How Ukraine Could Alter New York's Skyline - Megan McArdle, Bloomberg

Unlike most cities, however, New York is not limited to local talent. Its real estate prices are constrained by the total supply of very rich people in the entire world -- or, let'...

The Yalta Temptation in Ukraine - Yulia Tymoshenko, Project Syndicate

Putin’s gambit is akin to the infamous Yalta Conference in 1945, where Joseph Stalin made Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt complicit in a division of Europe that ensla...

In the New Cold War, Which Side Is God On? - Pat Buchanan, Creators

In the culture war for the future of mankind, Putin is planting Russia's flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity. His recent speeches carry echoes of John Paul II whose...

Anatomy of the New Cold War - Robert Legvold, Moscow Times

Sad as it is, we are arriving at this point because Russia and the West wasted the "peace dividend" that was awarded to them by the end of the original Cold War, only to have to le...

Japan, Russia May Now Be on Collision Course - Yuriko Koike, Japan Times

The days of an inward-looking Japan are over. Japan now sees threats elsewhere in the world in the context of its own security, and will react appropriately....

Russia's Irrational, Deadly Sense of Honor - Peter Turchin, Aeon Magazine

To understand Crimea, we need an evolutionary theory of national honour. It’s irrational and deadly – but it works....

Putin's Patriotism Is Phony, His Desperation Real - Andrew Nagorski, DB

Russia’s president is gambling the future of his country to consolidate his grip on power. But his economy is a wreck and the people who support him today may well revile him tom...

About Russia

  • Russian Federation
  • Population: 142,008,000 (9th)
  • Area Size: 6,592,800 sq mi (1st)
  • GDP: $1.78 trillion (8th)
  • Currency: Ruble (RUB)
  • Official Language: Russian
  • Capital City: Moscow
  • Largest City: Moscow

Russia Prosperity Rank: 59

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Ukraine PM: regions should have mor

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's prime minister on Friday told leaders in the country's...

Russia says no response to call for

European leaders have not yet responded to Vladimir Putin's appeal for urgent talks to resolve quest...

Russia denies it wants to take more

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied that Russia wants to take over more Ukraini...

Ukraine looks to Europe for gas as

By Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Friday it would turn to Europe for gas and won a ...

Russian gas exports to Ukraine decl

Russian gas exports to Ukraine have been falling since early April, a gas industry source said on Fr...

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