Russia

Putinology

The Ghosts of Beslan

Why the memory of a mass hostage-taking -- and the botched rescue attempt that followed -- continues to haunt Russia.

Anna Nemtsova |

Dispatch

Escape From Gorlivka

Volunteers are risking life and limb to help evacuate those left behind in the wreckage of eastern Ukraine.

Lily Hyde |

Report

The Empire Strikes Back

Europe and the United States are ratcheting up sanctions on Russia, but Putin is not standing still.

Keith Johnson |

Christian Caryl

License to Kill

Never underestimate the power of rage.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Want to Help Ukraine? Stop Accepting Its Stolen Cash

Ukraine's new rulers hope to clean up a country that is among the most corrupt in the world. But they don't have a chance if the Western banks keep accepting money stolen from Ukraine.

Oliver Bullough |

Dispatch

If a Grad Rocket Falls During a Cease-Fire…

How do you make peace in Ukraine when none of the people with guns are listening?

Alec Luhn |

Argument

It's Time to Stop Putin's Nuclear Arms Buildup

Ukraine isn’t the only place where the White House is letting a belligerent Russia off the hook.

James M. Inhofe |

Dispatch

Anatomy of a Bloodbath

Ukraine's volunteer fighters who survived the massacre at Ilovaisk describe a harrowing escape -- with no help from the army that claimed to have their backs.

Alec Luhn |

COLUMN

A Boy and His Toys

Yep, Putin just threatened to use his nukes. Now it’s time for Washington to decide on a time-out for the Russian president.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Report

Beware the Bear

While the West stands ready to sanction Moscow, many are more worried about what Putin has up his sleeve.

Keith Johnson |

COLUMN

NATO Owes Putin a Big Thank-You

Russia's aggression in Ukraine is making it easier for the bloated, aging alliance to pretend that it still matters.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

A United Front

Only a strong NATO can stop Putin, and only America can rally NATO.

Madeleine Albright |

Argument

Putin's Nuclear Option

Would Russia's president really be willing to start World War III?

Jeffrey Tayler |

Report

The West's Tricky Economic War With Russia

What if Russians are feeling the squeeze of sanctions but Putin doesn't care?

Jamila Trindle |

Dispatch

Trophies From an Incomprehensible War

As fighting rages in the east, one Slovyansk museum is already trying to tell the story of the war in Ukraine, one bullet-riddled helmet at a time.

Lily Hyde |

Argument

Moscow's Next Victim

Moldova could be the Kremlin's next target. But Europe isn't ready to come to the rescue.

Vladimir Soloviev |

Dispatch

Putin Takes Off the Gloves in Eastern Ukraine

Battered and besieged, Kiev's troops are just trying to survive to fight another day.

Alec Luhn |

Dispatch

All Tusk and No Teeth

The appointment of Poland's prime minister, Donald Tusk, as EU chief is a strong indication of collective intent toward Russian aggression. But will the new Italian foreign policy boss undermine him?

Annabelle Chapman |

Dispatch

Preparing for War With Ukraine's Fascist Defenders of Freedom

On the frontlines of the new offensive in eastern Ukraine, the hardcore Azov Battalion is ready for battle with Russia. But they're not fighting for Europe, either.

Alec Luhn |

Dispatch

You Can't Go Home Again

Georgians from the would-be state of Abkhazia have spent decades trying to rebuild their lives after conflict forced them from their homes. But today, the wounds of war still feel fresh.

Paul Brian |

Argument

Groundhog Day and Putin the Predator

We know Vladimir Putin's playbook for destabilizing Ukraine. Which is why only a decisive military victory against Moscow's forces will work.

Mikheil Saakashvili |

COLUMN

A White Shining Lie

Putin's 'humanitarian' convoy is simply a pretext for the war the Kremlin's been planning for months.

Michael Weiss |

COLUMN

Is Barack Obama More of a Realist Than I Am?

This president isn't weak and waffling. He's calculating, coldhearted, and decisive when it counts.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

Beyond Ukraine: NATO Solidarity in a Time of Crisis

It’s time for the Czech Republic and European allies to stand up.

Bohuslav Sobotka |

Report

Meet the Russia Bulls

Where some investors see escalating risks, others see bargains.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

How to Beat Down a Bully

There's only one way to stop Putin's ugly new doctrine of irregular intervention -- hit back even harder.

Jeffrey A. Stacey |

COLUMN

Putin's New Clothes

Russia’s president is nakedly invading Ukraine. Why won’t anybody say anything?

Michael Weiss |

Putinology

Novorossiya Is Coming Apart at the Seams

Moscow dreamed of transforming southeastern Ukraine into a client state. But the Kremlin's plans are fraying as Kiev pushes back.

Anna Nemtsova |

COLUMN

The Chaos Convoy

The Red Cross has no idea what 280 Russian trucks making their way to the Ukrainian border are carrying. Is Putin's "humanitarian" mission a Trojan horse?

Michael Weiss |

Dispatch

Cabbage Soup and Ravioli

Russians have gotten used to some fancy foods in recent years. But they're willing to sacrifice Parmesan for Putin's foreign policy.

Alec Luhn |