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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.

Deterrence or Détente: How Can NATO Best Address the Russian Threat?

Deterrence or Détente: How Can NATO Best Address the Russian Threat?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 24, 2017

With fears growing over potential Russian aggression in Europe, NATO is once again promoting a strategy of deterrence. But is higher military spending in response to the world's crises the right answer? By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

Interview with Alexei Navalny: 'The Kremlin Blocks Every Alternative to Putin'

Interview with Alexei Navalny: 'The Kremlin Blocks Every Alternative to Putin'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 21, 2017

Alexei Navalny, Russia's most prominent opposition figure, was just released from jail after widespread protests against government corruption. In an interview, he speaks about Putin's future plans for the country, the new generation of activists and why previous protests failed. Interview Conducted by Christian Esch and Christian Neef more... Comment ]


National Awakening: Alexei Navalny Shakes Up a Slumbering Russia

National Awakening: Alexei Navalny Shakes Up a Slumbering Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2017

A new generation in Russia is suddenly waking up and taking to the streets to protest corruption in the country. The movement's idol is Alexei Navalny, who could represent a threat to Vladimir Putin -- if he isn't locked away first. By Christian Esch more... Comment ]

Interview with German Intelligence Chief: 'Coup in Turkey Was Just a Welcome Pretext'

Interview with German Intelligence Chief: 'Coup in Turkey Was Just a Welcome Pretext'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 20, 2017

German intelligence doesn't buy Turkish President Erdogan's claims that last year's coup attempt was backed by the Gülen movement. BND chief Bruno Kahl, 54, speaks with SPIEGEL about Turkey, possible Russian interference in German elections and what to expect from Islamic State. Interview Conducted by Martin Knobbe, Fidelius Schmid and Alfred Weinzierl more... Comment ]


St. Petersburg: Russia's City of Rebels

St. Petersburg: Russia's City of Rebels

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 03, 2017

St. Petersburg is a place of protest against power -- and the only major Russian city in which the opposition still has a voice. Why? By Christian Neef in St. Petersburg more... Comment ]

Rapprochement or Penalties? Germany Struggles to Find United Stance on Russia

Rapprochement or Penalties? Germany Struggles to Find United Stance on Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2016

Russian aggression in Syria has divided Merkel's coalition government. The chancellor isn't opposed to more sanctions, but the Social Democrats favor a conciliatory approach -- and are preparing to use the issue in the coming election campaign. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Battle for Aleppo: How Syria Became the New Global War

Battle for Aleppo: How Syria Became the New Global War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2016

As the noose around Aleppo tightens -- and the Assad regime and its Russian allies continue to bomb the city -- the extremely dangerous nature of this proxy war is becoming more apparent than ever. Could escalation between Moscow and Washington be on the horizon? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

A Crude Heroine: Nadiya Savchenko's Assault on Ukraine's Elite

A Crude Heroine: Nadiya Savchenko's Assault on Ukraine's Elite

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 07, 2016

After her release from a Russia prison, Ukrainian helicopter pilot Nadiya Savchenko was celebrated as a hero. Now, though, she is making powerful enemies with her coarse verbal attacks against the country's political elite. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]


Syria à la Carte: Turkish Invasion Highlights Rapidly Shifting Alliances

Syria à la Carte: Turkish Invasion Highlights Rapidly Shifting Alliances

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2016

The Turkish advance into northern Syria marks a turning point in the Syrian conflict. Its nominal target was Islamic State, but with large powers reconsidering their alliances in the region, the Kurds stand to lose the most. By Maximilian Popp and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Russian Foreign Policy: 'We Are Smarter, Stronger and More Determined'

Russian Foreign Policy: 'We Are Smarter, Stronger and More Determined'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 13, 2016

Relations between Russia and NATO are deteriorating. Kremlin foreign policy advisor Sergey Karaganov speaks with SPIEGEL about the risk of war, NATO's aggressive posturing and the West's inability to understand Russian values. Interview conducted by Christian Neef more... Comment ]