Mark Adomanis
April 21, 2015

There are many ways in which Russia’s economy has been described, very few of which are flattering. “Zaire with permafrost” might be the most popular, but John McCain’s quip that it was a “gas station masquerading as a country” is both of more recent vintage and more representative of the genuine contempt felt by most American politicians.

Ian Bateson
April 20, 2015

It is a statement said so often that it has become a truism: the solution to propaganda (read: lies) is the truth. Over the past year answering the question about how to fight propaganda has focused on Russia, whose domestic and international propaganda outlets start with the desired conclusion and work backwards to create news.

Mark Adomanis
April 15, 2015

The ruble has slowly clawed back some of its earlier losses, but huge problems remain

Mark Galeotti
April 14, 2015

The “blue bucket” protests against the widespread (mis)use of flashing blue lights (“migalkas,” “flashers”) still represent perhaps the most visible and effective example of Russian civil society tackling corruption successfully. Might this become more of an issue in the future?


NOD is present at every major rally held in Russia today, the most vocal representative of a network of pro-Kremlin organizations that work under the “Anti-Maidan” banner to root out “national traitors” in media, business and politics.

Matthew Luxmoore April 13, 2015

Mark Adomanis
April 13, 2015

It flatly contradicts Kiev’s protestations that it shares “Western values”


It has now been over 8 years since Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium 210, a substance that was once used to trigger nuclear bombs, and the inquiry has focused on following the radioactive trail it left behind which led to two Russians: Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitri Kovtun.

Ian Bateson April 10, 2015

Mark Adomanis
April 09, 2015

Here’s a hint: it won’t

Mark Adomanis
April 06, 2015

Lots of people lost out during the creation of a new, capitalist model. They’re getting back


Over the course of the last few weeks I have read more about the subject of feminism, equal rights and chicks that I care to admit (and I have just been skimming the tops, reading the links from my FB and Twitter feed without going into any deeper research mode).

Marina Pustilnik April 05, 2015

Arts & Culture

Two thousand miles from Moscow in the heart of Siberia, a cultural scandal has been making waves felt across Russia. At its epicentre is the Opera and Ballet Theatre in Novosibirsk, a national landmark locally referred to as the “Siberian Coliseum” for its size and which this this year celebrates its 70th anniversary.

Matthew Luxmoore April 02, 2015


A festival of life in the far north reflects a changing world and disappearing certainties

Andy Potts April 02, 2015


Even without the Polar Olympics, the wild and beautiful scenery of the Kola Peninsula is worth a visit at any time of year

Andy Potts March 31, 2015

It’s hockey, it’s ice, but it’s not ice hockey. Welcome to one of Russia’s oldest yet least known sports at this week’s World Championship in Khabarovsk.

Andy Potts March 28, 2015

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