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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.

Escalating Tension: Russia Tries to Strangle Ukraine with New Maritime Strategy

Escalating Tension: Russia Tries to Strangle Ukraine with New Maritime Strategy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2018

Russia is adopting a new tactic in its ongoing conflict with Ukraine by cutting off the latter's access to its important ports in the Sea of Azov. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has tried to use the situation to his own advantage -- without much success. By Christian Esch more... Comment ]

Rybolovlev's Rules: A Russian Billionaire's Monaco Fiefdom

Rybolovlev's Rules: A Russian Billionaire's Monaco Fiefdom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 16, 2018

In 2011, a Russian billionaire set out to rescue the ailing AS Monaco football club. He invested in top players and invited government, police and justice officials to matches. He handed out both gifts and jobs. Last week, however, Dmitry Rybolovlev was charged with corruption. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Moscow Meddling: The Forgotten War in Eastern Ukraine

Moscow Meddling: The Forgotten War in Eastern Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 14, 2018

Russia is making little effort to disguise its leadership role in the self-proclaimed people's republics in eastern Ukraine. Putin needs the regions to blackmail Kiev. An Essay by Christian Neef more... Comment ]

A New Cold War? U.S. Withdrawal from Nuke Treaty Worries Europeans

A New Cold War? U.S. Withdrawal from Nuke Treaty Worries Europeans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to back his country out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty has European leaders worried about a return of the Cold War. But the decision may have less to do with Russia and more to do with China. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Doing Putin's Dirty Work: The Rise of Russia's GRU Military Intelligence Service

Doing Putin's Dirty Work: The Rise of Russia's GRU Military Intelligence Service

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 19, 2018

Russia's GRU military intelligence service has become a political instrument for President Putin -- in the poison attack in Salisbury, hacking against the West and even in dealing with his country's doping scandal. Lately, though, the secret service can't seem to stay out of the headlines. By Christian Esch more... Comment ]

Interview with Mikhail Khodorkovsky: 'I Believe Putin Is Capable of Change'

Interview with Mikhail Khodorkovsky: 'I Believe Putin Is Capable of Change'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2018

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, former Russian oligarch and regime critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky talks about the importance of the World Cup for Moscow's reputation and of a possible end to the Putin era. Interview Conducted by Christian Esch and Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]


The Great Divide: Is Germany's Special Relationship with Russia Ending?

The Great Divide: Is Germany's Special Relationship with Russia Ending?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2018

Germany's new foreign minister has adopted a sharper tone than his predecessors on Russia. There are plenty of reasons to do so, but it is a significant break with tradition. Berlin is casting about for a happy medium. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Political Poison: The Fraught Cold War History of Novichok

Political Poison: The Fraught Cold War History of Novichok

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 25, 2018

The attack on former spy Sergei Skripal thrust the nerve agent Novichok into the spotlight. For many, it was the first time they had heard of the poison, but it has long been a bone of contention between Moscow and the West. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]


German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: 'Syria Is Not Auschwitz'

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: 'Syria Is Not Auschwitz'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 16, 2018

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas discusses Germany's position on Syria, criticizes U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter diplomacy and calls for a tougher approach to Russia. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

'Get Ready Russia': Donald Trump Is Stuck In The Syrian Quagmire

'Get Ready Russia': Donald Trump Is Stuck In The Syrian Quagmire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 13, 2018

Following last weekend's suspected chemical weapons attack, the Syrian conflict could escalate once again. U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter threat and Russian response show just how dangerous the situation has become. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]