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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.

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 ]

Russian Far-Right Idol: The Man Who Started the War in Ukraine

Russian Far-Right Idol: The Man Who Started the War in Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 18, 2015

Strelkov claims to have convinced Russian President Putin to start the war in eastern Ukraine. The right winger is seen as a hero by the Russia's extremist fringe. And he is continuing the fight to return his country to its past glory. By Benjamin Bidder more... Comment ]

The Isolation of Donetsk: A Visit to Europe's Absurd New Border

The Isolation of Donetsk: A Visit to Europe's Absurd New Border

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 09, 2015

The heavy fighting may have stopped for the time being, but Donetsk is more isolated than ever. Those wishing to enter and leave the city need difficult-to-obtain special IDs. Meanwhile, food and other supplies are only trickling into the metropolis. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Breedlove's Bellicosity: Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine

Breedlove's Bellicosity: Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2015

US President Obama supports Chancellor Merkel's efforts at finding a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis. But hawks in Washington seem determined to torpedo Berlin's approach. And NATO's top commander in Europe hasn't been helping either. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]