September 8, 2014 |
In 1949, George Orwell published Nineteen Eighty-Four , his famous portrait of a totalitarian regime whose "Ministry of Truth" spews rank propaganda called "Newspeak" that turns historical facts on their head. Newspeak has been alive and well these past weeks in Moscow, where President Vladimir Putin flatly denied any Russian presence in Ukraine, even as thousands of Russian troops and heavy weapons invaded that country. What's more disturbing is that NATO leaders meeting in Wales last week to discuss Ukraine refused to denounce Putin's aggression as an "invasion.
July 21, 2014 |
Vladimir Putin has become a global menace. There is an irrefutable link between the Russian leader's reckless policies on Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. This tragedy is the direct outgrowth of his decision to train and arm Ukrainian separatists with heavy weapons in an effort to destabilize Ukraine. It doesn't matter whether the triggerman thought he was targeting a Ukrainian military plane rather than a civilian airliner. More than 200 European civilians, along with dozens of Aussies, Asians, and North Americans, lie dead because of Putin's determination to force Ukraine to join a new Russian empire.
June 6, 2014 |
On meeting Ukraine's president-elect, Petro Poroshenko, in Warsaw Wednesday, President Obama said the United States was "absolutely committed to standing behind the Ukrainian people . . . not just in the coming days . . . but in the coming years. " That commitment is important because Ukraine has become the symbol of whether Russia can get away with destabilizing its European neighbors. Poroshenko must not only reform a sinking economy but also combat armed pro-Russian militias that have grabbed chunks of eastern Ukraine.
May 25, 2014 |
DONETSK, Ukraine - Piles of tires, barbed wire, and edgy guards in fatigues surround the 11-story headquarters of the DPR, or Donetsk People's Republic - the Ukrainian separatists who want to join eastern Ukraine to Russia. The building was seized from the regional government in April, and Russian television blares from a huge screen placed in front of the entrance. Inside, a pathetic collection of elderly potbellied men with iron bars, and young hopped-up men with knives and guns wander 11 flights of filthy stairs (elevators are shut down)
March 14, 2014 |
It will take cool heads to deal with Vladimir Putin after he dismembers Ukraine. And that moment is coming soon. Even as President Obama welcomed the acting prime minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, to the White House, the Russian leader advanced toward annexation of Crimea. Putin continues to deny what the whole world sees - that Russian troops have invaded Crimea - while hinting that he might send forces into eastern Ukraine to "protect" ethnic Russians. It's time for Obama and European leaders to look beyond Crimea to how they can prevent Putin from making even more dangerous moves.
February 25, 2014 |
SOCHI - Vladimir Putin hoped these 2014 Winter Olympics would show the world that a bright, new, and modern Russia had emerged from a nation with a mysterious and often dark past. In case anyone missed the point, it was reemphasized spectacularly Sunday night during closing ceremonies rife with 21st-century technology and augmented with the same artistic sensibility with which Russia launched the Sochi Olympics 17 days ago. Laser-lit and with special effects worthy of Hollywood, the colorful and musically rich ceremonies at Fisht Olympic Stadium marked the official end of an Olympiad that not only informed the world but astounded it. Logistically, the Sochi Games were, to a remarkable extent for so vast an enterprise, trouble-free.
April 7, 2011 |
As Phil Rosenthal sees it, why should he travel 6,000 miles to Moscow to be told he's not funny when he can hear that at home in Los Angeles, without the jet lag? Exporting Raymond , his droll documentary that opens the weeklong Philadelphia CineFest on Thursday night, travels to Russia with the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond . Rosenthal's mission impossible - so long as he is not a victim of K&R (as insurers call kidnap and ransom) - is to assist a television network in translating his beloved sitcom for the Russian market, where Raymond is rechristened Kostya.
August 25, 2008 |
Charles Krauthammer writes for the Washington Post Read the first five paragraphs of the NATO statement on the Russian invasion of Georgia, and you will find not a hint of who invaded whom. The statement is almost comically evenhanded. "We deplore all loss of life," it declared, as if deploring a bus accident. And it "expressed its grave concern over the situation in Georgia. " Situation, mind you. It's not until paragraph six that NATO, a 26-nation alliance with 900 million people and nearly half of world GDP, unsheathes its mighty sword, boldly declaring, "Russian military action" - not aggression, not invasion, not even incursion, but "action" - to be "inconsistent with its peacekeeping role.
December 1, 2004 |
Three native Russians on the Flyers' roster last season will play in a Russia vs. The World all-star game assembled by Igor Larionov, who is retiring from professional hockey after 27 years in the NHL and Russian leagues. Larionov is making the exhibition game, to be held in Moscow, his farewell celebration. Comcast has signed an exclusive deal to televise the game nationally on its many local sports and news channels. CN8 will carry the game in the Philadelphia region - Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. - and will produce the U.S. end of the broadcast, adding English graphics and announcers to the Russian TV feed.
December 10, 2003 |
In early 2000, I asked a question about Russian President Putin that still reverberates in Moscow. Especially now. "Who is Mr. Putin?" I queried four top Russian officials, who sat on a stage before 1,000 international businessmen at the Davos World Economic Forum. One after the other, each looked around nervously and refused to answer. Russian TV crews filmed the scene, which was rebroadcast for weeks. Over the years, "Who is Mr. Putin?" became a mantra repeated by those who sought to fathom the goals and values of this former KGB officer.