SPIEGEL ONLINE - 14.11.2012
Relations between Moscow and Berlin are particularly chilly ahead of the Petersburg Dialogue, a biannual meeting of politicians, businessmen, and civil-society representatives from Russia and Germany. Both sides will have no choice but to talk, listen and swallow some uncomfortable truths. A Commentary By Matthias Schepp in Moscow more... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 01.11.2012
Andreas Schockenhoff, Germany's commissioner for German-Russian coordination, has sparked tensions with Moscow with his unfiltered directness. In a SPIEGEL interview, he discusses worrying trends in Russia, why he has an obligation to speak out and what still gives him hope. more...
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 15.10.2012
A Moscow appeals court unexpectedly released Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich from prison last week. After she was freed, SPIEGEL spoke to her about the conditions of her imprisonment, President Vladimir Putin's influence over the judiciary and what comes next for the protest punk band. more...
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 11.10.2012
Vladimir Putin has delayed a planned trip to Turkey following the forced landing of a Syrian plane in Ankara. In an interview, Vladimir Yukanin, a confidant to the Russian president, defends Russian weapons deliveries to dictator Bashar Assad and accuses the West of provoking a confrontation. more... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 06.09.2012
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ventured out into the wild once again. Having already tamed horses, tigers and whales, his latest macho PR stunt involved leading endangered cranes on their flight south for the winter. But opponents are squawking over the endeavor. By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow more...
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 20.08.2012
The prominent blogger and lawyer Alexi Navalny is one of the leaders of Russia's opposition. In a SPIEGEL interview, Navalny talks about the verdict in the Pussy Riot case, the role of women in anti-Putin protests and why he is not afraid of going to jail. more... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 17.08.2012
The three members of Pussy Riot on trial in Moscow have received sentences of two years in jail. With the harsh verdict on the harmless artists, Russian President Vladimir Putin has committed a serious mistake: He is provoking the opposition to more aggression toward the state. A Commentary by Uwe Klussmann more... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 17.08.2012
After an eight-day trial, a Moscow court found three members of protest punk band Pussy Riot guilty on Friday. The judge, who has received death threats, handed down the sentence of two years as groups of protesters gathered outside the court. Supporters of the anti-Putin activists held rallies in various countries. more...
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 14.08.2012
Pyotr Verzilov is the husband of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of the members of Pussy Riot currently on trial in Moscow. In a SPIEGEL interview, he talks about how his wife is coping with her detention, the activists' goals for Russia and how their young daughter plans to liberate her mother with a bulldozer. more... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 13.08.2012
Vladimir Putin is rapidly transforming Russia into a repressive state reminiscent of the Soviet Union, and the Pussy Riot trial is the climax in his campaign against the opposition. However, following massive media attention, his crackdown on the punk band could backfire. By Georg Diez, Walter Mayr and Matthias Schepp more... [ Forum ]