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There are a lot of bad takes coming out on the war. Two documents provide the background necessary to evaluate them. Masha Gessen talks about how authoritarianism works in Russia in this extended interview by Anand Giridharadas. Gessen has experienced that authoritarianism first hand and now lives in the United States. What Putin has been […]

Boondoggle!

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On August 18, 2021

Vladimir Putin has proudly announced that Russia is developing superweapons that will get around the American missile defenses he sees as destabilizing the nuclear standoff. Poseidon, also known as Ka

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Well, the past month has been filled with excitement, hasn’t it? First we learned that an orange white supremacist would be our next president. Then we got to watch the OWS fulfill our worst expectations about how ill-prepared he was to even fake being a president, while one organization that helped get him elected tried […]

Mikhail

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On October 4, 2007

Last night, Mikhail Gorbachev visited Louisville, and the bulk of the Patterson School braved deer filled roads to attend. I haven’t seen Gorbachev before, so I can’t say how much or wheth

No Post-Putin Russia

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On October 2, 2007
Putin’s move on the prime minister’s office seems fairly simple. I don’t really disagree with anything Stratfor writes about it: In our opinion, Putin had both the authority and the informal levers to dominate Russian politics without holding any formal office, simply working in the background. However, this maneuver makes things simple. Whoever replaces Putin […]
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