Mitch Swenson: Postcards from UkraineMarch 2014
From Kiev to Crimea, glimpses of daily life against a fast-changing political backdrop.
Little FailuresMarch 2014
The satirist on drinking too much, learning to write through psychoanalysis, and making the switch to memoir.
Gay Propaganda and Russia’s Shrinking Public SpaceFebruary 2014
The investigative journalist on anti-queer campaigns and the “catastrophe” of exile.
The Matiushin CaseFebruary 2014
I don’t bear the army any grudge. I think they did right to beat me.
Necessary EvilJanuary 2014
Think of your being a Jew in terms of having been born with clubfoot: unfortunate, of course, but not the end of the world.
Diana Bruk: A Russian Jewish American ChristmasJanuary 2014
In the wake of the holiday season, reflections on a polyglot Christmas.
Radka Franczak: Painting the Past in a New RussiaNovember 2013
Ela Bittencourt talks to the director of Losing Sonia, a profile of an Orthodox nun and icon painter who reflects the changes in modern Russia.
Jannis Brühl: Where Did Syria’s Chemical Weapons Come From?September 2013
Retracing the steps of Syria’s chemical arsenal.
Richard Falk: Resolving the Syrian Chemical Weapons CrisisSeptember 2013
If an attack on Syria is averted, it could mark a welcome shift in U.S. foreign policy.
Richard Falk: Snowden’s Post-Asylum RelevanceAugust 2013
With Snowden temporarily safe in Russia, the impact of his leaks on U.S. foreign relations is still an open question.
Richard Falk: Geopolitical Winds Blow in China’s DirectionJuly 2013
With intervention out of favor, American foreign policy is returning to “the great game” of great power politics.
“Your father lets you dress like this?” Dinara said.
Michael T. Klare: The Cold War Redux?May 2013
Are Washington, Moscow, and Beijing using the global arms trade to create a new Cold War?
Muhammad Idrees Ahmad: Archaeology of Revolutionary KnowledgeJanuary 2013
Pankaj Mishra’s new book, From the Ruins of Empire: The intellectuals who remade Asia, has one eye on the history of the East and one eye on its future.
Caleb Daniloff: Russia, Cradle of My Dead WorldsDecember 2012
Russia doesn’t get extinguished. No, Russia is the one that extinguishes. Russia is the prophecy. It had certainly ended my world, several times over.
Dafna Lizer, Michael Grabell, Jeff Larson: Flight Records Say Russia Sent Syria Tons of CashNovember 2012
he records of overflight requests show more than 200 tons of “bank notes” from Moscow to Damascus.
A Rioter’s PrayerNovember 2012
Pussy Riot’s Yekaterina Samutsevich on protest, art, and freedom
Nathaniel Rich: Bulgakov’s The Master and MargaritaOctober 2012
Bulgakov’s masterpiece remains a reminder that you can’t fight fire with fire.
Aaron Leaf: Pussy Riot’s Closing StatementsAugust 2012
Instead of using her closing statement to express remorse, Yekaterina Samutsevich of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot talked about Putin, power, and the subversive potential of images.
David Vine: The Lily-Pad StrategyJuly 2012
The Pentagon’s system of overseas bases is evolving, and a new model for warfare is evolving with it.
7 RoomsJanuary 2012
In Russian, a language in which there is a separate word for everything, the word “country” means both the territory and the government.
[Like a nation’s bulk that has started]February 2011
Like a nation’s bulk that has started / to make the earth sweat, / the dust-encrusted armada / of the herd
[The Ministry of Hot Water]October 2010
The Ministry of Hot Water / has posted an opening: Director. / Well, why not, we can take that on.
Guernica’s Top 5 on Natural DisastersAugust 2010
Sweltering heat and blazing fires in Russia have contributed to devastating mudslides in Pakistan and China. Guernica counts down its top five reports of natural disasters.
101 BillionairesMarch 2010
At the beginning of 2008, the list of the richest Russians contained 101 billionaires; a magical number that for the time being will not be matched. These photographs document a very different Russia.