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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.

Interview with Edward Snowden: 'There Is Still Hope - Even for Me'

Interview with Edward Snowden: 'There Is Still Hope - Even for Me'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2017

In an interview, whistleblower Edward Snowden discusses his life in Russia, the power of the intelligence apparatuses and how he will continue his battle against all-encompassing surveillance by governments. Interview Conducted by Martin Knobbe and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

Is Moscow Planning Something? Germany Prepares for Possible Russian Election Meddling

Is Moscow Planning Something? Germany Prepares for Possible Russian Election Meddling

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 07, 2017

Two years ago, Russian hackers conducted a cyberattack against the German parliament. Will the data they stole make a sudden appearance before the election? Officials are doubtful, but there may be an even greater threat. By Fabian Reinbold more... Comment ]


Fly in the Borscht: Ex-Chancellor Schröder's Russia Ties a Problem for the SPD

Fly in the Borscht: Ex-Chancellor Schröder's Russia Ties a Problem for the SPD

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2017

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder is soon to join the supervisory board of Russia's largest oil company, Rosneft. His ties in Moscow are becoming a problem for Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz on the campaign trail. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Understanding Moscow: The Mysteries of the Russian Mindset

Understanding Moscow: The Mysteries of the Russian Mindset

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2017

DER SPIEGEL correspondent Christian Neef spent three decades reporting on Russia. On the eve of his departure from Moscow, he reflects on a unique Russian mindset that Putin did not create but is brilliant at exploiting. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]


Persona Non Grata: Would-Be Reformer Saakashvili Cast Out of Ukraine

Persona Non Grata: Would-Be Reformer Saakashvili Cast Out of Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 18, 2017

Two years ago, Petro Poroshenko hired former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili to promote reforms and tackle corruption. Now, though, the Ukrainian president has thrown Saakashvili out of the country. What went wrong? By Christian Esch more... Comment ]

'Little Russia': Pro-Russian Separatists Harden Split from Ukraine

'Little Russia': Pro-Russian Separatists Harden Split from Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 28, 2017

After nationalizing businesses, pro-Russian separatists have proclaimed their own state in eastern Ukraine, calling it "Little Russia." Tens of thousands of residents in the region are now jobless. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]


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 ]