Eastern Europe

Report

Cold Comfort

Russia's central bank tries, but fails, to halt falling ruble.

Jamila Trindle |

Report

Red Hot Chilly Peoples

Ukraine and Russia have settled their natural gas dispute -- for now. But that doesn't mean the wider conflict is anywhere near resolved.

Keith Johnson |

Dispatch

Eastern Ukraine's Fake State Is About to Elect a Fake Prime Minister

The region is under constant shelling. Its borders change daily. It's not even clear what powers this new government will have. But darn it, the Donetsk People’s Republic is holding an election on Sunday.

Lily Hyde |

COLUMN

The Kremlin’s $220 Million Man

Igor Shuvalov, Russia’s deputy prime minister, is supposed to have the cleanest hands in the Kremlin. So where’d he get a quarter of a billion dollars?

Michael Weiss |

Dispatch

Ukraine Wins

A successful parliamentary election opens a window of hope for an embattled country.

James Kirchick |

Report

Lithuania Cheers 'Independence'

The small Baltic nation just took a giant step to counter Russia's energy bullying.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

Chasing Away the Democracy Blues

Why democracy is worth fighting for -- now more than ever.

Larry Diamond |

Argument

The Hunt for Black October

The Swedish Navy is desperately trying to find a Russian submarine prowling off the coast of Stockholm. What’s Vladimir Putin up to?

Erik Brattberg |

Argument

At the Back of the Class

Is the international community about to censure Hungary for giving up on its young democratic institutions?

Elizabeth Winkler |

Dispatch

The One Muslim Country That Loves America Is Developing an Extremist Problem

Kosovars are traveling to the Middle East to fight the same U.S.-led forces that once helped secure their country’s freedom.

Valerie Hopkins |

Dispatch

The Bumbling Bigots of Budapest

A would-be white nationalist conference in Hungary ends with confusion, chicken paprikash, and not much else.

Paul Brian |

Dispatch

Vlad Is Rad

Meet the hipster wing of Putin’s propaganda machine.

Alec Luhn |

Report

Ukraine Gas Boss: 'Gazprom Destroyed Its Image as a Reliable Supplier'

Foreign Policy sat down with the leaders of Ukraine's Naftogaz to talk Russia, Europe, energy, and the coming winter.

Keith Johnson |

Dispatch

Thug Politics, Kiev

Oleh Lyashko gets into fist fights, kidnaps rebels, and supplies militias (or so he claims). Meet the radical populist who could play kingmaker in post-Maidan Ukraine.

Charles McPhedran |

Dispatch

Cluster Bombs in Potato Fields and Tripwires on the Cow Path

Cleaning up after five months of war in eastern Ukraine.

Alec Luhn |

Report

Let's Make a Deal

Europe brings Russia and Ukraine closer to a natural gas deal that could avert a nasty winter -- if Russian energy brinkmanship is really over.

Keith Johnson |

Dispatch

Warsaw's Backbench Steps Forward

The dynamic duo of Donald Tusk and Radoslaw Sikorski turned Poland into a European foreign-policy power player. What happens now that they're gone?

Jan Cienski |

Argument

Putin's Cyberphobia

Afraid for his hold on power, Putin is cracking down on Internet freedom with a flurry of new laws.

Emily Parker |

Argument

The Fight to Survive

Russia's opposition got crushed in last weekend's local elections. But that didn't exactly come as a surprise.

Natasha Pelevina |

Dispatch

Trading With Terrorists, Ukraine-Style

He doesn’t work for the government. He doesn’t wear a uniform. Meet the mysterious deal broker who’s freeing Ukraine’s prisoners of war.

Alec Luhn |

Argument

A Premature Party for Poroshenko

Vladimir Putin is still setting the terms in Ukraine. Why is Washington okay with that?

Leon Aron |

COLUMN

Ghosts of the Maidan

First revolution. Then war. Now what?

Michael Weiss |

Report

The Chocolate King Comes to Chocolate City

The Ukrainian leader addresses Congress and Obama, asking hat in hand for help for his beleaguered nation.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

History Is So Not Over

It's time for a dose of realism when we think about how to build new democracies.

Alina Rocha Menocal |

Report

Corrupt Ukrainian Politicians Have a Taste for Mansions

A Ukrainian leader on the run, his mansion, and a 15-year-old corruption case.

Jamila Trindle |

Dispatch

Ruins and Rising in Luhansk

In eastern Ukraine, residents take advantage of a tenuous cease-fire to re-roof their houses, turn on the street lights, and see how they like their first taste of peacetime autonomy.

Alec Luhn |