Maxim Trudolyubov

Ask Not What the Kremlin Will Do Next

More and more Russians seem to be breaking free of the old habit of trying to guess the party line.
Yana Gorokhovskaya

The 'Celebritization' of Protest in Russia

As rappers and celebrities join the opposition movement, protests in Russia are becoming fashionable.
Sergey Guriyev

20 Years of Vladimir Putin: The Transformation of the Economy

EBRD Chief Economist Sergey Guriev on the two decade achievements and challenges of Putin's economy.
Ben Aris

Putin Is a Victim of His Own Success

Russians have experienced a degree of economic and personal stability, and now they want more.
Michele A. Berdy

If I Were Queen of Translation Reviews

Every once in a while I need to get something off my chest.
Pavel Luzin

I Don’t Believe a Missile Is to Blame for Russia’s Deadly 'Nuclear' Explosion

The basic laws of physics mean there is no such thing as a nuclear-powered missile.
Alexandra Prokopenko

What’s Behind Russia’s New Offensive Against the Internet Economy?

In recent months, Russia has launched a new attack on web-based companies.
Leonid Bershidsky

Russia Has Failed Another Nuclear Test

A nuclear-powered missile’s explosion is less important than the government’s failure to tell the whole truth about it.
Mark Galeotti

Russia's Opposition Has a Long Way to Go

Despite Moscow's record protest, the Kremlin's position is still strong.
Leonid Bershidsky

Russia’s Burning! Climate Change Is to Blame

Summer wildfires are nothing new in Siberia, but bigger environmental changes are afoot.
Kirill Rogov

20 Years of Vladimir Putin: The Rise and Decline of a Regime

If Putin had left power in 2008, he would have gone down in history as one of Russia’s great leaders.
Leonid Bershidsky

A Bloody Raid Shows Why Post-Soviet Leaders Hate to Hand Off Power

In Kyrgyzstan, an ex-president is fighting off special forces trying to arrest him. In Ukraine, the former leader is a figure in 11 criminal cases.
Michele A. Berdy

Those Nosy Russians

Some thoughts on acrobatic noses.
Artemy Troitsky

Instead of a Riot, I Got a Chillout

Last week's Moscow protest through the eyes of culture critic Artemy Troitsky.
Oleg Kashin

Muscovites Who Don’t Speak Out Are Giving Tacit Approval to Police Brutality

Whether they like it or not, those who stay at home are supporting the police batons as they come down on the protesters’ skulls.
Leonid Bershidsky

Ukrainian Villain Is Now Cracking Heads in Moscow

A police commander whose savagery helped spur the 2013 Ukraine revolution is now practicing his art in central Moscow.
Mark Galeotti

The Old Ultra-Violence in Moscow Solves Nothing and Everything

Violence paired with a smart effort to co-opt the population is, sadly, an eminently successful technique.
Leonid Bershidsky

Putin Can’t Afford to Speed Up Russia’s Economy

The Russian president would rather sit on his hands than risk disturbing the fragile political balance that ensures his power.