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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.

Deadly Ukraine Crash: German Intelligence Claims Pro-Russian Separatists Downed MH17

Deadly Ukraine Crash: German Intelligence Claims Pro-Russian Separatists Downed MH17

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 19, 2014

Germany's foreign intelligence agency says its review of the crash of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 in Ukrainian has concluded it was brought down by a missile fired by pro-Russian separatists near Donetsk. By Hubert Gude and Fidelius Schmid more... Comment ]

Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?

Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2014

Although there is always reason to celebrate the toppling of an autocrat, the outcome of the Iraq war and the rise of Islamic State have demonstrated in horrific terms that the alternative can be even worse. A Commentary By Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Finnish Prime Minister: 'Moscow Is Provoking a Number of Its Neighbors'

Finnish Prime Minister: 'Moscow Is Provoking a Number of Its Neighbors'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2014

In an interview, Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb, 46, discusses relations with neighboring Russia and his country's flirtation with NATO. He says Finland will make a decision "without asking for permission." Interview Conducted by Dieter Bednarz more... Comment ]

Putin's New Russia: What the Future May Hold for Eastern Ukraine

Putin's New Russia: What the Future May Hold for Eastern Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 08, 2014

The fragile cease-fire in Ukraine appears to be holding, but President Vladimir Putin still has the upper hand. Increasingly, it looks like he intends to establish a Russian protectorate in eastern Ukraine. By Benjamin Bidder, Markus Feldenkirchen, Marc Hujer and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Rosneft President Igor Sechin: 'Russia Didn't Initiate the Ukraine Crisis'

Rosneft President Igor Sechin: 'Russia Didn't Initiate the Ukraine Crisis'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 02, 2014

Igor Sechin, head of the oil giant Rosneft, is considered by many to be the second most powerful man in Russia. In an interview, he speaks with SPIEGEL about natural gas deliveries to Europe, the Ukraine crisis and the damage caused by economic sanctions. Interview Conducted by Gerald Traufetter and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Undeclared War: Putin's Covert Invasion of Eastern Ukraine

Undeclared War: Putin's Covert Invasion of Eastern Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 02, 2014

Moscow has continued to deny direct involvement in the fighting in eastern Ukraine. But evidence to the contrary continues to mount. NATO says up to 1,000 Russian soldiers have joined the fray and the pro-Russian separatists have made a remarkable turnaround. By Benjamin Bidder, Moritz Gathmann, Christian Neef and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Failed Diplomacy: NATO Hardliners Push for Firmer Stance against Russia

Failed Diplomacy: NATO Hardliners Push for Firmer Stance against Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 01, 2014

After months of failed telephone diplomacy between Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, hardliners are gaining the upper hand in discussions over the appropriate response to Russia. They may soon prevail with demands that go far beyond new economic sanctions. By Nikolaus Blome, Christiane Hoffmann, Ralf Neukirch and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Baltic Fears: NATO Debates Directing Missile Shield against Russia

Baltic Fears: NATO Debates Directing Missile Shield against Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 25, 2014

With fears of Moscow growing after its intervention in Ukraine, NATO member states in Eastern Europe would like NATO to direct a planned missile-defense system against Russia as well. The calls have divided the military alliance. more... Comment ]

Battle for Ukraine: An Inside View of the Surreal Donetsk War Zone

Battle for Ukraine: An Inside View of the Surreal Donetsk War Zone

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 19, 2014

As the Ukrainian army closes in on Donetsk, shelling in the metropolis has become much more frequent -- and deadly. Many residents have left, but those who remain seem unsure what to make of the conflict. Resignation is widespread. By Christian Neef in Donetsk more... Comment ]

Russia's Soul: What Crimea Says about Putin's Future

Russia's Soul: What Crimea Says about Putin's Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2014

President Vladimir Putin made himself immensely popular among Russians by annexing the Crimean Peninsula. But with the situation in eastern Ukraine volatile, it remains unclear how the move will ultimately be judged. A trip through Crimea provides some answers. By Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]