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Kremlin Rules

Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev's airtight grip on power has squelched political opposition, curtailed press freedoms and fought brutal wars in the Caucasus. More than a quarter of all complaints filed at the European Court of Human Rights are against Russia.

Part of the West? 'German Leftists Have Still Not Understood Putin'

Part of the West? 'German Leftists Have Still Not Understood Putin'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2014

Many in Germany would like to see their country strive for equidistance between the West and Russia. In an interview, German historian Heinrich August Winkler harshly criticizes that stance and explains how some Germans have romanticized Putin. By Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Letter from Sochi: The Olympic Debut of New Russia

Letter from Sochi: The Olympic Debut of New Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 11, 2014

The Sochi Olympics began under a cloud of criticism and distrust. On the ground, however, people are doing all they can to impress the world with images from a city that is representative of a new, more hopeful young Russia. By Benjamin Bidder, Lukas Eberle and Maik Grossekathöfer in Sochi more... Comment ]

Interview With Pussy Riot Member: 'I Want Justice'

Interview With Pussy Riot Member: 'I Want Justice'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 30, 2013

Pussy Riot activist Nadezhda Tolokonnikova talks about her plans following her release from prison, what she has in common with former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and her five-year-old daughter's drawings. Interview Conducted By Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: Clemency 'A Master Stroke of Secret Diplomacy'

World from Berlin: Clemency 'A Master Stroke of Secret Diplomacy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 23, 2013

By releasing Mikhail Khodorkovsky from prison, Russian President Vladimir Putin has eliminated a political burden that has dogged relations between Moscow and the West for years. German editorialists say it is a highly symbolic move ahead of the Olympics. more... Comment ]

Khodorkovsky in Berlin: 'The Power Struggle Is Not for Me'

Khodorkovsky in Berlin: 'The Power Struggle Is Not for Me'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 23, 2013

One minute he's in a Siberian prison camp, the next he's being swarmed by reporters at a hectic press conference in Berlin. On Sunday, former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky opened up about his future plans and his decade behind bars. By Veit Medick more... Comment ]

Kremlin About-Face: What's Behind the Khodorkovsky Pardon?

Kremlin About-Face: What's Behind the Khodorkovsky Pardon?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 20, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin has pardoned Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, citing "humanitarian principles." Now the former oil magnate has headed to Germany, and observers are left to debate the reasons for Putin's decision. By Christian Neef and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Chancellor Vs. President: Sochi Boycott Stirs Up Tensions in Berlin

Chancellor Vs. President: Sochi Boycott Stirs Up Tensions in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2013

President Joachim Gauck's decision to cancel his visit to the Winter Olympics in Sochi has angered Chancellor Angela Merkel. The lack of coordination between Germany's head of government and its head of state makes relations with Russia even more difficult to manage. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Maintaining Russian Power: How Putin Outfoxed the West

Maintaining Russian Power: How Putin Outfoxed the West

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 16, 2013

In one of his many foreign-policy successes this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin has used power politics and blackmail to bring Ukraine back into Russia's sphere of influence. But what is the Kremlin leader's secret to success? By Christian Neef and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Opinion: Tough on Russia, Easy on America

Opinion: Tough on Russia, Easy on America

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 09, 2013

When it comes to their approach to foreign policy with Russia, German Chancellor Merkel and President Gauck aren't messing around. Perhaps it has to do with their backgrounds in East Germany. They show the US significantly more leniency. By Jakob Augstein more...

'Brussels Was Naïve': Ex Polish Leader on Failed Ukraine Talks

'Brussels Was Naïve': Ex Polish Leader on Failed Ukraine Talks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 09, 2013

Aleksander Kwasniewski led talks with Ukraine for an association agreement with the EU that collapsed last month. In an interview, he criticizes officials in Brussels for underestimating Russia's intentions and the Ukrainian president for ignoring his own people. Interview By Jan Puhl and Christian Neef more...

World from Berlin: President's Sochi Boycott 'Sets an Example'

World from Berlin: President's Sochi Boycott 'Sets an Example'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 09, 2013

German President Joachim Gauck's office has informed the Kremlin he will not be attending the Sochi Olympics in February. German newspapers view his protest of Russian human rights violations as a moral decision by the German head of state. more...