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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.

Lady In Black: The German Woman at the Center of the Manafort Case

Lady In Black: The German Woman at the Center of the Manafort Case

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2018

A German national appears prominently in the investigation into the possible Russian contacts made by Donald Trump's associates. Did she serve as the strawman for illegal lobbying in the United States? By Rafael Buschmann, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Gunther Latsch and Jörg Schmitt more... Comment ]

The Navalny Challenge: Behind the Scenes of Russia's Imitated Democracy

The Navalny Challenge: Behind the Scenes of Russia's Imitated Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 09, 2018

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was recently excluded from running against Vladimir Putin in the presidential election scheduled this March in Russia. The reason is clear: A real politician is unwelcome against the backdrop of the country's imitated democracy. By Christian Esch more... Comment ]


Alleged INF Treaty Violation: U.S. Demands NATO Action on Russian Missiles

Alleged INF Treaty Violation: U.S. Demands NATO Action on Russian Missiles

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2017

The U.S. believes Russia is secretly developing nuclear-capable, medium-range missiles in violation of the INF Treaty. Washington has now upped the pressure on NATO to formulate a response - and a new arms race could be the result. By Matthias Gebauer, Christoph Schult and Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

100 Years Since the October Revolution: Russia's Unloved Anniversary

100 Years Since the October Revolution: Russia's Unloved Anniversary

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2017

It has been 100 years since the October Revolution that heralded the Bolshevik takeover of Russia and changed the world. Yet today, Russians have mixed feelings about the centenary and approach it with care. By Christian Esch more... Video | Comment ]


Substantial Risk: NATO Grapples with Serious Organizational Shortcomings

Substantial Risk: NATO Grapples with Serious Organizational Shortcomings

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 20, 2017

In a secret report, NATO warns that it may not be prepared to confront a hypothetical Russian attack. Senior military officers would like to see a return to the command structures used by the alliance during the Cold War. By Matthias Gebauer, Konstantin von Hammerstein, Peter Müller and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

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 ]