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Articles by Alexey Kovalev
High on Moscow Hills: Why Russia Is Losing the War on Drugs
As a new, anonymous online marketplaces for drugs emerge, Russian law enforcement is struggling to cope.
Oliver Stone Has Launched Putin’s Re-Election Campaign
Russian journalists were obliged to wait until Putin opened up to a complete stranger — a foreigner — to report that he was a happy and loving grandfather...
The City of Moscow Has Its Own Propaganda Empire
Mayor Sergei Sobyanin takes the tricks Russia plays on foreign audiences and puts them to use against his own constituents.
Where Old Spooks Are Sent to Retire: Russia’s Institute of Strategic Studies
U.S. intelligence officials think they found the smoking gun behind Russia's alleged 2016 election interference. The reality is much more benign.
Russian TV to Trump: It’s Over. We’re With Kim Jong-un Now
State TV has executed an abrupt U-turn on Trump, and is now embracing North Korea. But it is too early to equate media posturing with official policy.
Crippled by the Kremlin, Russia’s State Media No Longer Competes
In the eviscerated ecosystem of the Russian media, independent outlets are filling the new vacuum created by nationwide protests.
Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Report No Evil
Russia witnessed mass anti-corruption protests on Sunday, but you’d never know it, if you only followed the state media.
Russia’s Infamous ‘Troll Factory’ Is Now Posing as a Media Empire
A Russian news website has revealed how the ‘troll factory’ rebranded itself as a network of legitimate news sites. But it hasn’t quite abandoned...
'You're Fake News!': Russia Borrows the Worst from the West
Russian officials have now fully embraced “fake news” as a means of deflecting any criticism, following a long tradition of settling for the lowest...
The Secrets of Russia’s Propaganda War, Revealed
Russia has a new military propaganda force to wage information war. An unauthorized reprint of a military intelligence handbook gives insight into what...
Trying to Fill a Trump-Sized Hole, Russian Propagandists Turn on Each Other
American president was off the Russian news menu this week. In its place came local beef .
Putin’s Most Radical Supporters Turn on Kremlin News Agency Over ‘Cult of Trump’
Some of Vladimir Putin's most devoted supporters have turned on a news agency he created by presidential decree in 2013, complaining about “Trumpomania...
Russian TV — Making War Great Again
Russian Sunday news TV took a more militant turn this week, normalizing the war in Ukraine and chiding the West for not heeding Putin's advice from 10...
Ukraine, Not Russia, Hacked the U.S. Elections, Kremlin Propaganda Reveals
After obsessing over Donald Trump’s presidency for the past two weeks, Russian TV propaganda shifted its coverage noticeably, signaling a new foreign...
That Whole Showdown With America Was Obama’s Fault
After raising the bar of anti-Americanism impossibly high, Russian TV pundits are writing off the conflict as an ex-president’s miserable legacy, and...
Nothing in the Shops, but Jokes Aplenty: CIA Declassifies Archive of Soviet Folk Humor
Recently declassified CIA archives offer chilling parallels with modern Russia.
The West Is Burning, But Russia's Future Is Bright Indeed
It was a long and difficult year for all humanity, TV show host Dmitry Kiselyov summarized, but Russia has emerged victorious and brimming with dignity...
Russian Media Is Triumphant in Aleppo, As Palmyra Falls
As Moscow achieves heroics in Aleppo, the West sabotages Russia’s diplomatic efforts at the U.N., and actively aides terrorists in Syria and Iraq. Also...
Russia's State Media: Anti-Clinton, But Not Wedded to Trump
Russian state media wasted no time trashing Clinton and discrediting democracy in general, hinting that the U.S. elections will be just as fraudulent as...