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Barack Obama can scarcely veto a bi-partisan pro-Ukraine bill. He can no longer refuse to supply weapons to Ukraine because of his “long-standing concern that arming Ukraine ...(full article)

The Russian ruble is worth 41% less, in dollar terms, than it was on January 1. U.S. and E.U. sanctions, plus a big drop in oil prices, are to blame....(full article)

As pro-Russian rebels hold elections, the conflict in Ukraine looks increasingly like a frozen one....(full article)

It was nationalist movements that split Ukraine, scaring those in the Putin administration who had been ready to flirt with Russian nationalist leaders. Many Russian nationalists v...(full article)

For close to a quarter-century there was a basic assumption in the West about Russia: It would, with zigzags and pauses, after huffs and hesitations, gradually integrate with the...(full article)

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East Germany's Trade in Human Beings - Gavin Haines, BBC

"Between 1964 and 1989 some 33,755 political prisoners and 250,000 of their relatives were sold to West Germany, for a sum totalling 3.5bn Deutschmarks," says historian and author,...

Where Has Obama Gone Wrong? - Andrew Sullivan, The Dish

Crisis-management? Well, what would the GOP have done with respect to Russia? As it is, that country is more isolated internationally than ever and is being punished economically b...

Putin's Ambitions Wrecking Russian Economy - William Pomeranz, Reuters

Western sanctions have left Russia in dire financial circumstances — stuck somewhere between recession and stagnation. Though proven solutions exist for what now ails Russia,...

A Putin Wall to Save Ukraine - Roger Boyes, The Times

Nothing quite beats a good paradox in politics. Just as the world hails the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Vladimir Putin is getting ready for a new one. This...

Is Ukraine's Crisis the West's Fault? - Marc Champion, Bloomberg

Who is to blame for the crisis in Ukraine: Russia or the U.S. and Europe? A lively debate on the question resurfaced lately, but it has a vital flaw in that it fails to consider ...

Time to Take Russia-China Axis Seriously - Ankit Panda, The Diplomat

If you haven’t already read it, Gilbert Rozman has an incisive essay over at Foreign Affairs that explains why the contemporary iteration of close bilateral ties between Rus...

Moscow's New Propaganda Art Machine - Oleg Atbashian, PJ Media

The artistic value of new Russian propaganda is way below its glorious Soviet predecessor, but the paranoid, attack-dog mentality remains the same. According to Gazeta.ru, last ...

Putin's Ill-Advised Military Play - Japan Times

The hallmark of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s campaign to reclaim parts of Russia’s lost empire in Central Europe has been the forceful denial of any Russian gover...

Eastern Ukraine's Pointless Election - Polly Mosendz, Atlantic

It is unclear if even Russia will recognize the results of the vote, which Kiev and most Western leaders have condemned....

Azerbaijan's Growing Salafi Menace - Eldar Mamedov, EurasiaNet

Hundreds of Azerbaijanis are known to have joined Islamic State forces in Syria. Concern is starting to build that these battle-hardened jihadists could one day set their sights on...

The Ukrainian Region Acting Like a State - Max Seddon, BuzzFeed

Russia-backed rebels have organized elections for Sunday....

A Bad Gas Deal for Ukraine - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

It turns out the month-long negotiations over Ukraine’s gas dispute with Russia were really about securing Europe’s Russian gas....

Putin Loosens the Spigot but Not the Reins - Bloomberg View

Russia's agreement to restart flows of natural gas to Ukraine, halted since June, comes as enormously good news. Failure to strike a deal would have left Ukrainians to freeze and d...

Promise in Ukraine, For Now - Timothy Ash, Kyiv Post

Herein I try and piece together a summary of my latest views on Ukraine – it’s obviously a fast moving target so all this is something of a work in progress. Taking Ukr...

Why Is Russia Challenging NATO? - Marc Champion, National Post

In a single 24-hour period this week, Russia dispatched 19 combat aircraft — including “Bear” strategic bombers — to probe North Atlantic Treaty Organizatio...

Finding a Vaccine Against Oppression - A. Soufan & M. Daniels, The Hill

From North Korean and Iranian nukes, to Russian territorial aggression, to radical Islamic terrorists, it would seem that the threats confronting us are as myriad and disparate as ...

Did Russia Just Rehearse a Europe Nuke Strike? - Dave Majumdar, DB

Nuclear-capable Russian bombers are flying over the North Sea and the Atlantic. And U.S. Air Force officers are very concerned at what could be a rehearsal of a deadly mission....

Russia's Horrible Historians - Simon Shuster, Time

Under their interpretation of history, the struggle that began with the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 continues for Russia today, in a direct line through the generat...

NATO's Land-Sea Disconnect - Ian Ralby, War on the Rocks

To adapt a quip often attributed to Mark Twain: when your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. It is perhaps equally true, however, that if you believe that a ha...

The World Needs a True Counterweight to U.S. - S. Milne, The Guardian

Where is the end of history now? Across three continents, conflicts are multiplying. An arc of war, foreign intervention and state breakdown stretches from Afghanistan to north Afr...

Slow-Motion Dismantling of Ukraine Continues - J. Keating, Slate

Pro-Western parties swept Ukraine’s parliamentary elections on Sunday, which isn’t a great surprise given that not that many people in the more pro-Russian ea...

Baltic States Study how to Beat Russian Tanks - Robert Beckhusen, WIB

2008 conflict with Russia proves that anti-tank missiles rule....

Russia, China Cooperate on Cyber Security - Chernenko et al, Worldcrunch

Unlike with Washington, Moscow and Beijing agree on how the state can monitor the Internet....

7 Things to Know About the Ukrainian Crisis - Steven Pifer, American Interest

The political crisis that began last November when then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych declined to sign an association agreement with the European Union has triggered confli...

Meddling with Europe's Blood-Soaked Borders - G. Rachman, Guardian

If nations were again allowed to claim bits of their neighbours, it could convulse the continent....

Putin Gambles that the U.S. Can Be Fenced In - Nikolas Gvosdev, TNI

The Sochi remarks confirm it: there can be no reset of the reset....

The Benefits and Risks of Falling Oil Prices - Economist

THE collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 had many causes. None was as basic as the fall in the price of oil, its main export, by two-thirds in real terms between 1980 and 1986....

Russia Has No Plan for the Future - Georgy Bovt, Moscow Times

Speaking at the Valdai Club in Sochi recently, President Vladimir Putin easily dismissed the slogan, "No Putin — No Russia," put forward on the eve o...

Russia Needs Time to Change - Pyotr Romanov, Moscow Times

I see no reason to blame my ancestors for their imperialist actions. Russians have no more to feel ashamed of in this regard than do the British, Germans, Spaniards and French. All...

China's Rise May not Be so Peaceful - John Mearsheimer, National Interest

If the Chinese economy continues growing at a brisk clip in the next few decades, the United States will once again face a potential peer competitor, and great-power politics will ...

Russia's Vested Interests in Supporting Assad - Josh Cohen, Moscow Times

As the Syrian civil war drags on and the situation in the Middle East continues to spiral out of control, Russia remains a steadfast supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad's re...

Wake Up, Europe, There Is a War Afoot - George Soros, NY Review of Books

Europe is facing a challenge from Russia to its very existence. Neither the European leaders nor their citizens are fully aware of this challenge or know how best to deal with it....

Russian Leaders Pipe Down as Economy Falters - Rob Garver, Fiscal Times

Growth in Russia has come to a virtual standstill, as foreign investors pull money out of the country and those who have been considering new investments reconsider. Global oil pri...

How Russia and China Will Fracture - Walter Clemens, The Diplomat

Complexity science helps us understand which of two paths will unfold for China and Russia....

Why Would a Russian Sub Lurk off Sweden? - D. Steed, The Conversation

There are many plausible explanations as to why a vessel might prowl about in foreign waters. In fact, it happens all the time....

Ukraine and Russia's Natural Gas Scramble - Nick Cunningham, Oil Price

Following the overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich in February, Russia altered the terms by which it sells natural gas to Ukraine. Along with Yanukovich, favorable pr...

Ukrainian Voters Can Change Europe's Fate - Carl Bildt, Project Syndicate

To put it simply: the future of Ukraine will decide the future of Russia, and the future of Russia will have a substantial impact on the future of Europe....

It's up to Cuba to Make Concessions - Jaime Suchlicki, Miami Herald

Raúl’s legitimacy is based on his closeness to Fidel Castro’s policies of economic centralization, control and opposition to U.S. policies. Raúl cannot re...

Putin and the Pope - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

One is everything you’d want in a leader, the other everything you wouldn’t want....

The Similarities Between Germany and China - George Friedman, Stratfor

The problem with an export-based economy is that the exporter is the hostage of its customers. Germany's and China's well-being depend not only on how they manage their economies, ...

Is the US Working With Russia on ISIS or Not? - Josh Rogin, Daily Beast

Did the United States and Russia agree to share intelligence about ISIS? Secretary of State John Kerry insists they did. The Russian foreign minister insists just as strongly they ...

The West Wins, in Spite of Itself - Conrad Black, National Review

A merciful confluence of events is softening the impact of the foreign-policy errors of the United States and its traditional allies. It must be allowed that U.S. foreign policy in...

Russia's Messianic Oligarch - Joshua Keating, Slate

One of Vladimir Putin’s favorite businessmen wants to start an Orthodox Christian Fox News and return Russia to its glorious czarist past....

Is NATO Inevitable for Sweden? - The Guardian

Russia’s submarine incursion shows Sweden can no longer feel as well protected from the outside world as it was during the cold war....

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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Obama writes Iran's supreme leader

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Russia stands by Ukraine ceasefire

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is committed to the peace process in eastern Ukraine and wants further tal...

Ukraine's 'kamikaze' PM relishes ha

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