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: 4 minutes A former senior Pentagon intelligence official questions how the Trump administration handled internal reports that Russia paid bounties to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.
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: 2 minutes As the US mulls its continued role in Syria, further chaos is spreading through the region. The governments of three key Syria neighbors have either collapsed, or are teetering on the brink.
Reading Time: 2 minutes All options are on the table for US ally Saudi Arabia: from peace talks with Iran and the Yemeni rebels, and possible warming to Russia — to war with Iran.
Reading Time: 5 minutes As lawmakers scramble to curb information warfare, the FEC held an unusual symposium with big tech and experts to discuss the threats to democracy online.
Reading Time: 3 minutes A deadly explosion in Russia provided a glimpse of a future in which tiny plutonium reactors could propel unstoppable nuclear bombs.