Russia

Interview

'What Is Happening in Ukraine Is Dangerous for Russia'

Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko on what his country really needs from the West and why Putin's politics just don't make sense.

David Patrikarakos |

Argument

An Intercontinental Ballistic Missile by any Other Name

Has Russia broken its pledge not to test medium-range nukes? The answer isn't as clear as you might think.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Argument

The Kremlin's Faux 'Freedom Fighters'

Russia denies that it's meddling in Ukraine. But the pro-Russian forces out there don't always hide their links to Moscow.

Andrew Foxall |

Argument

When One Door Closes...

Could a surprising gift of disputed Russian islands to Japan end up pulling Tokyo away from Washington?

Sergey Radchenko |

Argument

Constitutional Conquest

How Putin could achieve all of his designs on Ukraine -- without sending a single tank across the border.

Edward P. Joseph |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: AF to look at bomber units

Will Obama tweak missile defense posture?; McCain, Flake furious about the VA; Blue Angels commander in hot water; Hagel brings the muscle; Marine regrets crucifying himself; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Report

Digging Themselves in Deeper

Why Big Oil is doubling down on Putin's Russia.

Keith Johnson |

In Box

Putin's Empire of the Mind

How Russia's president morphed from realist to ideologue -- and what he'll do next.

Mark Galeotti |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Ukraine: Moscow-run intel units fomenting unrest

Unkempt? New Army reg on hairstyles raise ire; Did Snowden mess up?; Abdullah Abdullah's lead widens; Donilon on the Asia Pivot: all good; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Dispatch

Welcome to the People's Republic of Donetsk

Inside the occupied government building in eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian protesters are trying to create a new country.

Oliver Carroll |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

FP Staff |

Dispatch

Lay Down Your Weapons

While facing off with Russia, Ukraine’s new government is also struggling to disarm militias in Kiev. If it can’t, will new violence erupt?

Katie Engelhart |

Christian Caryl

Novorossiya Is Back from the Dead

Why Vladimir Putin's casual use of a forgotten geographical term has ominous implications.

Christian Caryl |

COLUMN

Vladimir Putin's Terrific, Triumphant, All Good, Totally Badass Year

Try and tell me the Russian president isn't winning … for now.

David Rothkopf |

Report

Europe's Nuclear Option

For all the worries about Russia's energy stranglehold over Europe, the continent is still looking to Moscow for nuclear reactors.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

Putin Laughs at Your Sanctions

The United States needs to re-up its Cold War strategy if it wants to deter Russia in Ukraine.

Zalmay Khalilzad |

Dispatch

The Siege of Sloviansk

Inside a brewing insurgency as Ukraine sends in the tanks to quell unrest in its chaotic East.

David Patrikarakos |

Report

Just Stopping By

CIA Director John Brennan made a surprise visit to Kiev amid threats of further sanctions against Russia.

John Hudson |

Argument

Will Putin Fall Victim to One of History’s Classic Blunders?

From Napoleon to Bush, there's good precedent on why it's a bad idea for Russia to invade eastern Ukraine.

David C. Gompert |

Christian Caryl

Imagining Invasion on Vladimir Putin's Doorstep

Life was already hard enough for Ukrainians. But now they also have to worry about a Russian army on the march.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

On the Barricades of Luhansk

The armed Russian protesters in Eastern Ukraine aren’t leaving any time soon -- and that could lead to war.

David Patrikarakos |

Argument

Spies Like Us

A former spook tells us why "The Americans" is filled with more intrigue than real espionage.

Aki Peritz |

Report

Risky Business

Amid political uncertainty in Russia, insurance companies are finding a niche.

Jamila Trindle |

COLUMN

The Seven Lessons of Counterinsurgency 101 in Ukraine

How to fend off the Russians, in seven simple steps.

James Stavridis |

Argument

How to Beat a Russian Occupation with Flash Mobs

Why nonviolent resistance might be the best hope for thwarting Putin's adventurism in eastern Ukraine.

Maria Stephan |

Argument

Russia Is an Arsonist, Pretending to Be a Fire Safety Inspector

The Moscow playbook: predict chaos in Ukraine, then unleash it.

Michael Weiss |

Report

Putin Aims His Energy Weapon At Ukraine

Moscow is jacking up gas prices to cow Kiev and scare Europe. It may not work this time.

Keith Johnson |

Putinology

Life for Russia's Liberals Just Got a Whole Lot Worse

Moscow's annexation of Crimea is fueling a surge of "patriotism" -- and a new sense of claustrophobia.

Anna Nemtsova |

Report

Agents Provocateurs and the Shadow War in Eastern Ukraine

The war of words between Moscow and Washington over who's running covert ops on the ground.

John Hudson |

Argument

NATO Expansion Didn't Set Off the Ukrainian Crisis

Russia hasn't been "encircled" by the West -- Vladimir Putin simply wants to be able to invade his neighbors at will.

James Kirchick |