Stories: Vladimir Putin

  • Putin’s Chosen People

    Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center is an impressive place. Original artifacts, film clips, and interactive displays take visitors on a tour through centuries of Judaism’s rich but tragic history in Russia, from the Middle Ages to the czarist-era pogroms to the Holocaust to the repression of the Stalin era to the mass emigration...

  • Russia Gets Religion

    I’m not sure if it was out of personal preference or as a concession to his interviewer that Dmitry Sverdlov asked to meet me at a 1950s-style American diner in Moscow’s Kitay-gorod neighborhood. With the Beach Boys harmonizing on the jukebox and Marilyn Monroe and James Dean looking down from the walls, the small-town Orthodox priest-turned-tech...

  • How Teflon Is Vladimir Putin’s Popularity?

    I’m currently in Moscow thanks to a fellowship from the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins. I’ll be posting some lengthier dispatches from here in the coming weeks as well as keeping up the blogging on general world news. What, me worry? Photo: Kirill Kudryavstev/AFP/Getty Images The violence in Ukraine...

  • Vladimir Putin Ramps Up His Postmodern Non-Invasion Invasion of Ukraine

    The Russian government and the pro-Russian rebels in Eastern Ukraine used to denythat they were cooperating. All that advanced weaponry, including tanks and anti-aircraft systems, were simply captured from Ukrainian government forces, the explanations went. The Russians fighting with the rebels were simply private citizens and the Russian government had no control over them. This is...