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Kremlin Rules

Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev's airtight grip on power has squelched political opposition, curtailed press freedoms and fought brutal wars in the Caucasus. More than a quarter of all complaints filed at the European Court of Human Rights are against Russia.

Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov on Being a Political Prisoner in Russia  : 'They Try to Get Under Your Skin'

Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov on Being a Political Prisoner in Russia  : 'They Try to Get Under Your Skin'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2019

Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov spent five years as a political prisoner in Russia. In an interview, he speaks with DER SPIEGEL about the interrogation techniques used by the Russian secret service and the glass jar that gave him hope. Interview Conducted by Christian Esch more...

The Fearless Generation: Russian Youth Stand Up to the State

The Fearless Generation: Russian Youth Stand Up to the State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2019

University student Yegor Zhukov was arrested for participating in a Moscow protest and thousands of young Russians threw their support behind him. A new generation of youth in Russia is standing up to Kremlin oppression. By Christian Esch more...


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 ]


Daughters of the Opposition: A Trio of Women Challenging Putin and the Kremlin

Daughters of the Opposition: A Trio of Women Challenging Putin and the Kremlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2016

Their fathers all helped establish nascent democracy following the collapse of the Soviet Union. But in Putin's Russia, these three women see no future for their country. Two, including the daughter of assassinated opposition leader Boris Nemtsova, are battling the Kremlin from exile. By Matthias Schepp in Moscow more... Comment ]

The Hybrid War: Russia's Propaganda Campaign Against Germany

The Hybrid War: Russia's Propaganda Campaign Against Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2016

The brief disappearance of a girl in Germany recently become an international political issue. Russia is exploiting the case for propaganda purposes as part of its strategy of a hybrid war aimed at destabilizing the West and dividing Europe. 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 ]

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 ]


Part of the West? 'German Leftists Have Still Not Understood Putin'

Part of the West? 'German Leftists Have Still Not Understood Putin'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2014

Many in Germany would like to see their country strive for equidistance between the West and Russia. In an interview, German historian Heinrich August Winkler harshly criticizes that stance and explains how some Germans have romanticized Putin. By Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Letter from Sochi: The Olympic Debut of New Russia

Letter from Sochi: The Olympic Debut of New Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 11, 2014

The Sochi Olympics began under a cloud of criticism and distrust. On the ground, however, people are doing all they can to impress the world with images from a city that is representative of a new, more hopeful young Russia. By Benjamin Bidder, Lukas Eberle and Maik Grossekathöfer in Sochi more... Comment ]