Scandal

Surkov and Neo-Nazis?

My latest for Russia Magazine, “Did Vladislav Surkov Help Fund Neo-Nazis?“: It’s long been rumored that Vladislav Surkov funded and directed football hooligans and Russian

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Pussy Riot’s Passion

My review, “Demystifying the media caricatures of Pussy Riot” of Masha Gessen’s Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot has been published in

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Sochi’s Exploited Labor

My new Russia Magazine column, “Sochi’s Workers: Invisible and Expendable,” “The final stage in such a massive undertaking is always difficult,” Putin told officials in a

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Putin to Pardon Khodorkovsky

Putin is pardoning Mikahil Khodorkovsky. “In regard to Khodorkovsky, I’ve already said that Mikhail Borisovich must submit the corresponding papers [for a pardon] in accordance

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Will Pussy Riot be Amnestied?

Will Pussy Riot, several Bolotnaya participants, and all Greenpeace activists be amnestied? So reports Izvestiia: The president has jointly decided with human rights activists who

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Pavlensky’s Body in Protest

This week’s Russia Magazine column, “The Power of Pavlensky’s Nailed Body,” The image of Petr Pavlensky sitting on the cold, wet cobblestone of Red Square

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Russia as a Rhizome State

My review of Alena Ledeneva’s Can Russia Modernize? Sistema, Power Networks, and Informal Governance for Russia Direct, “Sistema: How power works in modern Russia,” In

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Russian Homophobia

If you want a sense of the extent homophobia is entering Russian public life, here is what Dmitrii Kiselev, who’s wikipedia page describes him as

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