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Robert Coalson

Russia's Friends Form New 'Cossack Army' in Balkans

BUDVA, Montenegro -- When the commander of the newly created "Balkan Cossack...

The Unraveling of Moscow's 'Novorossia' Dream

The Kremlin’s project to create “Novorossia” in southern and eastern Ukraine and...

Former Petersburg Entrepreneur Recalls a 'Driven' Putin with His Hand Out

Back in the early 1990s, St. Petersburg businessman Maksim Freidzon never would...

An 85-Year-Old Pensioner Is Russia's Most Unlikely Dissident

The agents from Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) wanted to know who...

Putin’s Pioneers: Push for Russian Youth League Stirs Debate, Doubt

As a youth growing up in Leningrad in the 1960s, Vladimir Putin...

Moldovan Anger Over 1 Billion-Euro Theft Finally Reaches Boiling Point. Now What?

CHISINAU -- Dozens of tents have been set up in the center...

As in 1968, a Few Brave Russians Swim Against the Tide

On August 25, 1968, eight Soviet citizens walked out onto Red Square...

Kursk Anniversary: Submarine Disaster Was Putin's 'First Lie'

Fifteen years after the dramatic sinking of the Kursk nuclear submarine with...

After 10 Years and 30 Deaths, Georgians Question Their NATO Ambitions

Georgia has paid a high price for its ambition to join NATO....

Turning Back Time: Putting Putin's Molotov-Ribbentrop Defense Into Context

Russian President Vladimir Putin got the world's attention on May 10 when,...

PEN Honors Ismayilova as Azerbaijani Journalist Begins Six Month in Custody

At a gala dinner in New York on May 5, the PEN...

Specter Of Police Abuse Still Haunting Georgia

Georgia's path away from its Soviet legacy of police abuse of power...

Worried About Moscow, Belarus's Lukashenka Drifts Toward Brussels

Alyaksandr Lukashenka isn't known for waxing poetically about the Belarusian language. But...

Crimean Tatars Complain Of Campaign Of Harassment, Intimidation

On an autumn evening on a highway between Simferopol and Belogorsk, a white van pulled up...

Azerbaijan's Opinion-Shaping Campaign Reaches 'The New York Times'

Earlier this month, "The New York Times" published documents demonstrating Azerbaijan's efforts...

Azerbaijan Tightens Screws On Civil Society, Independent Media

There is good news coming out of Azerbaijan these days. But much...

Is Putin 'Rebuilding Russia' According To Solzhenitsyn's Design?

During an informal question-and-answer session at the pro-Kremlin Seliger youth camp on...

Russia's Boom Business: Forced Labor in Prisons

When Nadezhda Tolokonnikova arrived at penal colony IK-14 in August 2012, a...

Kyiv Releases Audio Evidence That Donetsk Militants Got Antiaircraft Weapons From Russia

The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has released audio purporting to show pro-Russian...

Russia Follows 'Different Strategy' As Serbia Courts EU

When it comes to European integration in its neighborhood, Russia has a...

Poroshenko Rolls Up His Sleeves: Ukraine's New President's Top, Top Priorities

Chocolate magnate Petro Poroshenko seems set to be declared the outright winner...

As Russian Law Comes To Crimea, Local Tatars Brace For 'Extremism' Accusations

Russian-language media have launched a blistering attack against Crimean Tatar businessman Lenur...

Recalling McFaul: Four Views On Outgoing U.S. Ambassador To Russia

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has announced that he is stepping...

Analysis: As Protests Continue, Attention Focuses On Ukraine's 'Thin Blue Line'

One video purported to show a masked Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) officer...

News Analysis: Flip-Flops Point To Splits In Yanukovych's Circle

Just hours after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych called for roundtable talks with...

Ukraine's East-West Dilemma Evokes Century-Old Memories

It's been nearly a century since Ukraine's last effort to decisively embed...

News Analysis: Global Energy Shifts Threaten To Leave Russia In The Lurch

A shiny new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal is set to open...

As Armenia Walks Tightrope Between Russia And EU, Public Opinion May Be Shifting

For nearly a week now, several dozen youth activists have held a...

The Big Chill: Critics Say Kremlin Waging A War On Ideas

It's not a great time to be a freethinker in Russia....

Sex, Drugs, And Dissent: The Return Of A 'Classic Technology'

If you didn’t know any better, you’d think that dissidents in much...

Explainer: Violence In Tajikistan's Badakhshan Province A Legacy Of The Civil War

Government forces have recently clashed with armed groups in Tajikistan's remote Gorno-Badakhshan...

Interview: Analyst Says Uzbekistan's Suspension Shows CSTO Is 'Irrelevant'

Uzbekistan on June 28 announced that it has suspended its membership of...

US-Russian Accord On Transit Of Military Cargo Fails To Get Off The Ground

When Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama met in Moscow last July,...

Russia Steps Up Cooperation With Breakaway Georgian Regions

In Moscow, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hosted the de facto leaders of...

Burjanadze's Husband Becomes Focus Of Georgia Political Intrigue

Georgia's mounting political drama has intensified once again with the broadcast of...

Senior US Delegations Hope To 'Reset' US-Russia Relations

Several high-level delegations of former U.S. officials have been in Moscow for...