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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.

Daughters of the Opposition: A Trio of Women Challenging Putin and the Kremlin

Daughters of the Opposition: A Trio of Women Challenging Putin and the Kremlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2016

Their fathers all helped establish nascent democracy following the collapse of the Soviet Union. But in Putin's Russia, these three women see no future for their country. Two, including the daughter of assassinated opposition leader Boris Nemtsova, are battling the Kremlin from exile. By Matthias Schepp in Moscow more... Comment ]

The Hybrid War: Russia's Propaganda Campaign Against Germany

The Hybrid War: Russia's Propaganda Campaign Against Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2016

The brief disappearance of a girl in Germany recently become an international political issue. Russia is exploiting the case for propaganda purposes as part of its strategy of a hybrid war aimed at destabilizing the West and dividing Europe. more... Comment ]

Interview with Garry Kasparov: 'Putin Needs Wars To Legitimize His Position'

Interview with Garry Kasparov: 'Putin Needs Wars To Legitimize His Position'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 10, 2015

In an interview with SPIEGEL, former Russian opposition chief and chess world champion Garry Kasparov calls Vladimir Putin a dictator and accuses the West of capitulating in the face of the Kremlin's aggressive foreign policy. more... Comment ]

Muzzling the Media: Defying the Kremlin Crackdown on Press Freedom

Muzzling the Media: Defying the Kremlin Crackdown on Press Freedom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 02, 2015

Against the backdrop of the bloody conflict in Ukraine, the Kremlin is seeking to harness the Russian media and increasingly clamping down on critical voices. But some journalists are refusing to deliver pro-Putin propaganda. By Benjamin Bidder and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

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 ]