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Is Russia’s Economy on the Brink?

In April, just weeks after he launched the invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin maintained that the West could never strangle Russia’s economy. The barrage of American and European sanctions had not succeeded and would not…

A not quite fine balance

Russia’s brutal invasion into Ukraine, which has led to the death and displacement of millions, has not come without a cost. As Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine border towns and Western powers began to apply economic sanctions in the hopes…

Putin, Scholz speak about Ukraine over phone

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin continued to discuss the situation in Ukraine with Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz in a phone talk on Friday, the Kremlin said. "The Russian president drew attention to the missile attacks by…

Putin the Gambler

Vladimir Putin ordered his invasion of Ukraine, many Russia experts and analysts did not believe he would pull the trigger.

‘I got along’: Trump avoids criticizing Putin

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday was given several chances during a Fox News interview to reject autocrats and walk back his praise for President Vladimir Putin of Russia but didn’t. Fox’s Sean Hannity set Trump up multiple…

Putin blows up Brexit

While the EU-UK relationship has been acrimonious since the latter left the bloc, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has seen a rapprochement.

Putin, Macron discuss Ukraine crisis by phone

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed the Ukraine crisis in a telephone call that lasted one hour and 40 minutes today, Interfax news agency cited the Kremlin as saying. Kremlin…

Ukraine’s leader seeks EU sanctions on Russia

BRUSSELS Ukraine’s president urged the European Union on Wednesday to quickly impose new sanctions on Russia, warning that actions taken after any conflict would be too late. Speaking to the press after the 6th Eastern Partnership…

As it happened: Biden-Putin talks in Geneva

After his meeting with Joe Biden in Geneva, Vladimir Putin held a presser where he adeptly aped some of our partisan hyperbole to deflect attention from his own authoritarianism. “People are shot and killed every day ,” Putin told…

Putin, Macron discuss alleged Navalny poisoning

PARIS The presidents of Russia and France discussed over the phone on Monday allegations that Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny had been poisoned. In his talk with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Vladimir Putin stressed…

COVID-19 cases in Russia cross 370,000

MOSCOW The coronavirus cases in Russia crossed 370,000 on Wednesday, while recoveries continued to outnumber new infections for the second day in a row. According to the country's emergency task force, 11,079 recoveries were reported over…

The lies that shaped Russia now shape our world

Russians tell powerful stories, and I’m not talking about Chekhov, Gogol and Tolstoy. Since the first days of their revolution, they have told whoppers about Lenin and the people, Stalin and the Great Patriotic War, the visionary KGB…