August 24, 2016
By James Heinzen I caught a glimpse of Vladimir Putin's Russia in a Moscow police station 25 years ago. The USSR was disintegrating around me. I was a University of Pennsylvania graduate student in Russian history spending a year in Moscow poring over newly declassified Soviet Communist Party archives. As I immersed myself in documents that revealed startling details about the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution, the revolution of 1991-92 was transforming the Soviet Union. Although on the streets things seemed orderly, beneath the surface it was clear that the situation was precarious.
August 22, 2016
Eli Lake is a Bloomberg View columnist For the last year, Secretary of State John Kerry has worked and worked to get Russia to help end Syria's civil war. He has cajoled. He has sniped. He has spent countless hours in meetings and on the phone with his counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. And he pretty much has nothing to show for it. This point was driven home Tuesday when Russia announced it had started bombing missions from a base inside Iran. It was the latest in a series of humiliations for Kerry.
August 18, 2016 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Tuesday brushed aside reports of ties between Donald Trump's campaign chairman and a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine, saying the issue doesn't reflect on the GOP presidential candidate. At a Statehouse news conference, the governor, a top Trump backer, also dismissed the idea that the candidate's prediction of a "rigged" election was dangerous, and said that despite Trump's trailing poll numbers, he wasn't worried that Trump's chances of winning in November were dwindling.
July 30, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Trump crosses the line of treason For Donald Trump to encourage a foreign adversary like Russia to meddle in a U.S. presidential election (which shows he cares more about his own interests than the interests of America), to encourage Russia to publicize stolen U.S. government emails (some of which might contain classified information), and to encourage Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's private email account is traitorous ("Trump urges Russia to find emails," Thursday)
July 29, 2016 |
Hours after Donald Trump said he hoped Russia had hacked into Hillary Clinton's private server and obtained some of her email correspondence as secretary of state, GOP surrogates sought to reshape Trump's message. "I'm sure what he means is they should be released to the FBI," former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said at a news conference in South Philadelphia, referring to the roughly 30,000 emails Clinton deleted, which she has said were personal in nature. The State Department had requested Clinton's emails to comply with a House investigation into the 2012 attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
July 21, 2016 |
BECAUSE MAJOR League Baseball, the NBA, NFL, NHL and the NCAA do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the international quasi-judicial body rarely crosses the consciousness of the American sports fan. On Thursday, however, the CAS will render a verdict that will have major ramifications on the biggest sporting event on the planet - the 2016 Summer Olympics. In June the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) banned track and field athletes from Russia from competing in the Olympics next month in Rio de Janeiro because of an alleged state-sponsored doping scandal.
May 22, 2016
The Noise of Time By Julian Barnes Knopf. 224 pp. $25.95 Reviewed By Jim Higgins In Julian Barnes' new novel, Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich considers the two types of composers in the Soviet Union: dead ones and frightened ones. Call Shostakovich one of the latter. His music is played around the world, but he also stands by the elevator in his fifth-floor apartment many nights, a valise packed with his favorite cigarettes, in case he is arrested by the NKVD.
May 22, 2016
Answer: Pakistan. It borders Afghanistan, China, India, and Iran.
March 1, 2016 |
As many as 36 people died in what could be Russia's deadliest coal mine accident since 2010 after a series of gas blasts led rescue efforts to be called off. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich spoke to reporters at the Severnaya mine in Vorkuta on Sunday, according to Interfax. Efforts to find 26 miners missing after a Thursday blast at the mine were called off after a government-company technical council concluded there can't be any survivors, Denis Paikin, technical director for Vorkutaugol, which operates the mine, said earlier in the day. Vorkutaugol is a unit of billionaire Alexey Mordashov's Severstal PJSC.
June 22, 2015 |
As the Kremlin stokes the conflict in Ukraine and ratchets up tensions with NATO, there's lots of talk about a Cold War redux. So it was fascinating to hear Mikhail Khodorkovsky - the billionaire oil magnate whom Russian President Vladimir Putin imprisoned for a decade - describe a Russia that could be a democratic ally of America and Europe 10 or 20 years from now. "Sooner or later, the system will collapse," Khodorkovsky told the Atlantic Council...