Reading Time: 5 minutes Due to Putin’s aggression, some ethnic Russians and Russophones in neighboring countries are shedding their cultural and political affinity with Russia.
Reading Time: 5 minutes When the USSR collapsed during my teenage years, I hated Gorbachev for defaming my country’s history. For his 90th birthday, I remember how I grew to love him.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Most Russians aren’t moved by opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s politics — it’s his information they want.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Turkey’s Erdogan hoped for greater influence through arms aid to Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute, but Russia may emerge as the real winner.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Today’s Russian performance artists want nothing less than to annihilate political power.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Dating back to Stalin’s reign of terror, jokes known as anekdoty survive — and thrive.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Speaking out against Vladimir Putin can lead to a hospital visit … or an early grave.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Factory workers strike, protesters beaten after president re-elected … again.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Shadowy groups of security officers pursue dissidents, make arrests, to advance their own careers.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Remote, bucolic region still subject to big-power meddling.