Russia Hints at the End of Western Empire

October 01, 2019

Time magazine and its Associated Press source both appear somewhat befuddled by the remarks of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when he claimed at the UN General Assembly that “it is hard for the West to accept seeing its centuries-long dominance in world affairs diminishing.” While the...

Are Russia and NATO Getting Ready for a New Euromissile Crisis?

August 08, 2019

When it was ratified in 1987, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) eliminated a category of weapons that was a major threat to Europe. One must remember how much of a step forward this event was during the Cold War. In the early 1980s, Europe was vulnerable to military...

The View From the Kremlin Window

August 09, 2016

Despite popular thinking, the view from Moscow is of a Russia in decline. The lowest point in the fortunes of Russia since the Mongol invasion had been the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which was forced on the Russians by the Germans on March 3, 1918. Today, it is worse. Russia is back behind...

Vladimir Putin’s Bizarre PR Stunts Serve a Political Purpose

August 02, 2015

In Russia, Putin’s image is carefully crafted to make him appear both loveable and powerful. Russian President Vladimir Putin is a big fan of the photo op. Here he is cuddling a tiger, feeding a fawn, riding a horse shirtless, uncovering ancient artifacts beneath the Black Sea waves, guiding...

In Russia, Cancer Patients Are Driven to Suicide

June 08, 2015

Lack of readily-available palliative care in Russia is driving cancer patients to suicide. In February 2014, the suicide of a distinguished navy commander rattled Russia’s social sphere. Former Rear Admiral Vyacheslav Apanasenko died in hospital after attempting to shoot himself, following a...

Why the Kremlin Wants to Be the Keeper of Russia’s Cultural Heritage

February 12, 2015

As Russia faces international isolation, the state has turned to culture as a means of political leverage. The year 2014 was rich in events that gave a new direction to Russia’s foreign policy and strengthened its resolve to pursue this policy in...

An Ordinary Marriage: Russia in the 19th Century

August 25, 2014

Relationships between men and women in 19th-century Russia did not follow the widely accepted clichés. An Ordinary Marriage is based upon the rich and eccentric private documents of the Chikhachev family — gentry landowners who lived in provincial Russia — and offers a fascinating take on...

Russia: It Was Only a Dream

March 05, 2014

Several Russian journalists are trying to wake up the nation to the true cost of Sochi. The start of the glamorous Olympic Games in Sochi, estimated to cost around $50 billion, brought Russia as a nation together. The majority of journalists expressed in unison their love for Russia with words of...

The Subversive Sochi Winter Olympics 2014

August 07, 2013

Political turmoil in the North Caucasus threatens to mar the Sochi Winter Olympics. On July 3, the leader of the Chechen terrorist group "Emirate Caucasus," Doku Umarov, released a video where he urged his supporters to disrupt the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi. In his video, he calls the games a...

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