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21 November 13
After I said that the Kremlin's understanding of homosexuality is "primitive," the audience became enraged, screaming at me and demanding an apology. I felt like I was in the U.S. Deep South in the 1920s, speaking before an infuriated crowd of white segregations about equal rights for African-Americans.
14 November 13
After singer Grigory Leps was put on a U.S. government black list for his alleged role in a top organized crime syndicate, many Russians cried "Russophobia!" They said the same thing when crooner Iosef Kobzon was blacklisted as well.
07 November 13
Russian lawmakers believe Halloween is "extremist," causes psychological harm and is an evil U.S. plot to morally corrupt Russians.
31 October 13
Russia is enjoying a nice windfall from Snowden's cyber-vigilantism and the resulting crisis in U.S.-European relations. It still believes in the old, Cold War-era formula: What is bad for the U.S. is good for Russia.
24 October 13
Putin deserves a global con-artist award for having tricked so many into believing he is a peacemaker with his Syria plan.
26 September 13
Putin's brand of Russian exceptionalism is defined by his anti-Americanism and his single-handed mission to restore Russia's imperial greatness.
19 September 13
Putin has managed to shift the world's attention away from Assad's war crimes. Now it is focused exclusively on Russia's "peaceful" plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons.
12 September 13
President Vladimir Putin loves to set traps for U.S. President Barack Obama. The only thing Putin loves even more is when Obama falls smack into one.
05 September 13
The new anti-gay law punishes those who "propagandize" LGBT lifestyles. But the real propagandizers are the Orthodox church and state, which are pushing their own political agenda.
29 August 13
Russia's fervent objections to the NSA's foreign espionage activities show a clear double standard — just like the old Russian quip that when U.S. agents gather foreign intelligence, they are "spies," but when Russian agents do the same thing, they are respectfully called "intelligence officers."
15 August 13
If Snowden felt bored, claustrophobic and depressed in the capsule hotel, he's got a lot more of that coming. Living on the FSB's strict terms as a "refugee" in Russia, he will realize he never left that capsule after all.
08 August 13
Russia's president made it easy for Obama to back out of the pair's planned Moscow meeting, writes opinion editor Michael Bohm.
01 August 13
Carelessness in the Russian workplace, some say, is as Russian as the long, cold winters. It has gotten so bad that Medvedev has classified it as a national threat.
25 July 13
First, the Kremlin launched a crude propaganda campaign against Navalny. Then, it cooked up a sham criminal case to eliminate him as a potential political rival.
18 July 13
Putin has a strong dislike for human rights activists as a class — and even more disdain for traitors, whom he recently called "swine."
27 June 13
If Snowden receives asylum in Russia, he will face a serious moral dilemma: His will be living in a country with a far worse record than the U.S. on government abuse and transparency.
13 June 13
Guriev's forced exile is a disturbing wake-up call for all Russians who want a modern, democratic society.
30 May 13
Russian's poor work ethic has more to do with the country's distorted political and economic environment and less to do with a distorted "Russian mentality."
16 May 13
Only when Putin senses a direct security threat from the Taliban is he able to refrain from his trademark anti-U.S. rhetoric.
18 April 13
The Kremlin is trying to deflect attention away from its apparent cover-up of the Magnitsky affair by shifting blame onto the U.S.
11 April 13
A group of Russian lawmakers would like to fine media outlets up to $1.4 million if they "offend" politicians and bureaucrats. This is a cowardly attempt to shield government officials from legitimate criticism.
04 April 13
For many Americans over 40, legendary television journalist Vladimir Pozner was the face of the Soviet Union.
21 March 13
Chavez sang folky ranchera songs, rode tanks and flew helicopters. Putin sang "Bluberry Hill," rode a Harley-Davidson and flew a MiG.
06 March 13
Pavel Astakhov hinted that the Texas prosecutor and other law enforcement officials, driven by "big politics"and Russophobia, had covered up the parents' murder by suppressing evidence.
07 February 13
The Kremlin says Russia's orphans are safer in Russian orphanages than in U.S. families. It also says U.S. judges and juries are anti-Russian when they decide cases of child abuse.
24 January 13
The Kremlin says the Schneerson library is "part of Russia's cultural heritage and belongs to the Russian people." Yet this sounds odd, given the minuscule Chabad population in Russia, not to mention Russia's history of state-sponsored anti-Semitism.
17 January 13
The Kremlin could crack down on U.S. journalists when they"defame"Russia. It could also ban U.S. university scholarships so Russia doesn't lose its most-talented students, and U.S.-Russian marriages could also be banned to prevent American men from "buying up" Russia's most-attractive brides.
21 December 12
It would be easy to dismiss Duma deputy Mikheyev's bill to limit to 30 percent the amount of "negative information" in Russia's media as a cheap PR stunt. Yet it underscores the flaws in the Duma and how deputies are elected.
06 December 12
Putin needs to strengthen his power vertical to remain in control, and a strong vertical power structure requires strong vertebrae.
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29 November 12
Russians’ excitement in believing that the U.S. will soon collapse exposes a deeper problem in the national psyche.