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.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Leaders in Russia’s Orthodox Church have ignored warnings about the coronavirus; without proper precautions, the virus has spread through their ranks.
Reading Time: 4 minutes In Russia’s overburdened medical system, whistleblowing may be more deadly than the coronavirus.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Wildfires, smuggling, and corruption increase radiation risks in the dangerous Exclusion Zone surrounding Chernobyl as Ukraine’s infrastructure is paralyzed by the coronavirus lockdown.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Political phoenix Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia’s former president, could become Kiev’s reform chief. Can he mend US ties poisoned by the impeachment drama?
Reading Time: 6 minutes The daughter of the late Uzbek dictator finds out there are some things that even she cannot get away with.