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Russia's Return

Russia's brazen return to prominence on the world stage under Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev hasn't sat well with many in the international community -- including its West-leaning neighbors. Europe's dependence on Russian resources has also diminished Europe's influence to the Kremlin's hard-line policies.

Mikhail Gorbachev: US Military an 'Insurmountable Obstacle to a Nuclear-Free World'

Mikhail Gorbachev: US Military an 'Insurmountable Obstacle to a Nuclear-Free World'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 06, 2015

In a SPIEGEL interview, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev discusses morals and politics in the nuclear age, the crisis in Russian-American relations and his fear that an atomic weapon will some day be used. Interview Conducted by Joachim Mohr and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

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SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 03, 2015


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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 ]

Cold War Resurgent: US Nukes Could Soon Return to Europe

Cold War Resurgent: US Nukes Could Soon Return to Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2015

Washington is once again talking about stationing nuclear warheads in Europe. Russia, too, is turning up the rhetoric. Europeans are concerned about becoming caught in the middle of a new Cold War. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

'Bellingcat Report Doesn't Prove Anything': Expert Criticizes Allegations of Russian MH17 Manipulation

'Bellingcat Report Doesn't Prove Anything': Expert Criticizes Allegations of Russian MH17 Manipulation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2015

The research group Bellingcat has accused Russia of manipulating satellite images from the MH17 disaster. But German image forensics expert Jens Kriese has criticized the analysis. He says it is impossible to say with any certainty whether Moscow is lying. Interview Conducted By Benjamin Bidder more... Comment ]

Angels and Demons: Ukraine, One Year After Poroshenko

Angels and Demons: Ukraine, One Year After Poroshenko

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 03, 2015

Since his election, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has struggled to free his country from the influence of the oligarchs. But a new generation of reformers is determined to make it happen. By Benjamin Bidder and Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Paid as a Pro-Kremlin Troll: 'The Hatred Spills over into the Real World'

Paid as a Pro-Kremlin Troll: 'The Hatred Spills over into the Real World'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 01, 2015

Lyudmila Savchuk recently went public about her experiences working for a Russian Internet propaganda factory in St. Petersburg. In an interview, she describes how clandestine workers are promoting the Kremlin's message. By Benjamin Bidder more... Comment ]

Donetsk Separatist Leader: 'We Are Not Citizens of Ukraine'

Donetsk Separatist Leader: 'We Are Not Citizens of Ukraine'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 29, 2015

Alexander Zakharchenko is the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, which is not recognized by the international community. In a rare interview, he says his greatest hope is that Moscow will annex his territory just as it did Crimea. Interview Conducted By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Punishing Putin: EU Leaders Snub Moscow World War II Commemorations

Punishing Putin: EU Leaders Snub Moscow World War II Commemorations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2015

On May 9, Russia is holding an enormous military parade to commemorate the end of World War II 70 years ago. With tensions between Russia and the West high, most European Union leaders are staying away from the event. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Fortress of Nationalism: Russia Is Losing Its Political Morals

Fortress of Nationalism: Russia Is Losing Its Political Morals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2015

The murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov reveals that Russia has become morally unhinged. The country is transforming into a nationalist fortress and the powers that be are happy to ignore the potentially dangerous implications. An Essay by Christian Neef more... Comment ]