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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.

Putin Plan: The Russian President's Strategy for Syria

Putin Plan: The Russian President's Strategy for Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 14, 2015

A secret strategy paper suggests the Kremlin wants to find a political solution with the West on the issue of Syria. Pressure is mounting on Vladimir Putin as a result of the crash of a Russian jet in Egypt that may have been a terrorist attack. By Matthias Schepp in Moscow more... Comment ]

Interview with Garry Kasparov: 'Putin Needs Wars To Legitimize His Position'

Interview with Garry Kasparov: 'Putin Needs Wars To Legitimize His Position'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 10, 2015

In an interview with SPIEGEL, former Russian opposition chief and chess world champion Garry Kasparov calls Vladimir Putin a dictator and accuses the West of capitulating in the face of the Kremlin's aggressive foreign policy. more... Comment ]

Left Behind: Life in Purgatory on the Ukrainian Front Lines

Left Behind: Life in Purgatory on the Ukrainian Front Lines

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 05, 2015

Trade has slowly resumed between Kiev and Donetsk despite the ongoing trade embargo, but life for those who live on the frontlines in Ukraine remains difficult. And war could return to the region at any moment. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Russia's Superpower Play: Putin Bets Big on Aggressive Syria Policy

Russia's Superpower Play: Putin Bets Big on Aggressive Syria Policy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 13, 2015

The US and Europe have long opted to stay largely on the sidelines in Syria. But now Russia has begun carrying out airstrikes in the country in support of autocrat Bashar Assad. The move is likely to have far-reaching consequences. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Iranian Project: Why Assad Has Turned to Moscow for Help

The Iranian Project: Why Assad Has Turned to Moscow for Help

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 06, 2015

Iran has long been sending troops and material to help Syrian autocrat Bashar Assad wage war against his own people. But now Tehran is busy establishing a state within a state -- which is why Assad now wants help from Russia. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Mikhail Gorbachev: US Military an 'Insurmountable Obstacle to a Nuclear-Free World'

Mikhail Gorbachev: US Military an 'Insurmountable Obstacle to a Nuclear-Free World'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 06, 2015

In a SPIEGEL interview, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev discusses morals and politics in the nuclear age, the crisis in Russian-American relations and his fear that an atomic weapon will some day be used. Interview Conducted by Joachim Mohr and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

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The Baltic Front:

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 03, 2015


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Muzzling the Media: Defying the Kremlin Crackdown on Press Freedom

Muzzling the Media: Defying the Kremlin Crackdown on Press Freedom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 02, 2015

Against the backdrop of the bloody conflict in Ukraine, the Kremlin is seeking to harness the Russian media and increasingly clamping down on critical voices. But some journalists are refusing to deliver pro-Putin propaganda. By Benjamin Bidder and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

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 ]