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    Growing up in the shadow of ‘Brother Putin’
    Nov06

    Growing up in the shadow of ‘Brother Putin’

    The latest hip-hop hit in Russia is a bass-speaker-shaking tribute to the ex-KGB officer who has ruled the country for over 15 years. “My best friend is Vladimir Putin,” raps Russian star Timati, in a slick video released in October in honor of Putin’s 63rd birthday. In the background, rappers in Putin masks chill on Red Square. “The whole...

    Old stereotypes, new insecurities
    Nov06

    Old stereotypes, new insecurities

    The crises Europe has faced since the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, highlight the EU’s limits in working speedily together. But this is not to say we are unable to work together. The unprecedented and historic consensus in response to the grave violations of international law in the Anschluss of Crimea...

    Putin’s aviation nightmare
    Nov05

    Putin’s aviation nightmare

    Vladimir Putin must hate aviation. The tragic crash of a Russian airliner in Egypt last weekend, with mounting evidence of a terrorist attack by ISIL, is but the latest in a series of air disasters challenging the Kremlin over the last year. All of these have directly resulted from Moscow’s ever more aggressive foreign policy — in Ukraine,...

    Pentagon’s top Russia expert says her calls for tougher policy were overrruled
    Nov04

    Pentagon’s top Russia expert says her calls for tougher policy were overrruled

    The Pentagon’s former top Russia policy expert, who stepped down last week, says she worked behind the scenes to get the Obama administration to take a harder line with Moscow over its forays into Ukraine and Syria but was overruled — and remains concerned that Russian President Vladimir Putin will test the U.S. and its allies in other...

    Ukraine’s most popular politician
    Nov04

    Ukraine’s most popular politician

    ODESSA — Former Georgian President and current Odessa Governor Mikhail Saakashvili said he would be prepared to take on the premiership of Ukraine in order to turn the country into a bulwark against Kremlin expansionism in Europe. “I would like to take part in big changes and reforms, and in whatever capacity I can do it — I can do it,” he told...

    Inside the Pentagon’s fight over Russia
    Nov04

    Inside the Pentagon’s fight over Russia

    For those villagers eagerly snapping pictures on the side of a road in the Czech Republic in late September, the appearance of the line of U.S. “Stryker” armored fighting vehicles must have seemed more like a parade than a large-scale military operation. The movement of some 500-plus soldiers of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment from Vilsack in Bavaria to...

    My starring role in Russian propaganda
    Nov04

    My starring role in Russian propaganda

    PARIS — Early one morning a few weeks ago, my phone started to ring like crazy. Every few minutes, messages from colleagues all over the world flashed on the screen: “Is it true?”; “Did he really say that?”; “Can you confirm?”; “Will you go on air for us?” they asked. I was surprised, and confused — I was on vacation and had not recorded an...

    Ukraine PM promises a new cabinet
    Nov03

    Ukraine PM promises a new cabinet

    KIEV — Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has pledged to bring in a new cabinet after his Western-friendly coalition suffered a resounding defeat to the parties of oligarchs and Russian sympathiszrs at local elections last week. “There have been mistakes,” Yatsenyuk admitted to POLITICO during an interview in his Soviet-era cabinet...

    Erdoğan tries to reassert control
    Nov01

    Erdoğan tries to reassert control

    Turkish voters headed to the polls Sunday for the second time in five months as the country struggles with deep unrest and divisions over its political future. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Ahmet Davutoğlu, the prime minister and leader of the party, sought to reassert their authority, after a disappointing result in the earlier elections...

    US drawing a line against Putin in Europe
    Nov01

    US drawing a line against Putin in Europe

    WIESBADEN, GERMANY — Often criticized for being naïve and complacent about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions, the Obama administration and its European allies are intensifying their planning and training for a potential conflict on NATO’s eastern flank, hoping to send the strongest possible message about Russian aggression....

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