For Putin – a man who came to power in a humiliated and demoralized Russia all those years ago – the old Cold War may never have ended. One thing is pretty clear, and that is the fact that Putin really doesn’t care what the West thinks of him at this point.
Following recent bloodshed, the ouster of President Yanukovych, and new elections set for May, Ukraine is at a crossroads. It will probably remain there for some time, inspiring many overwrought think-pieces from journalists, including yours truly.
There are lots of things to say about the protest movement that has come to be known as EuroMaidan. Some are hopeful and reassuring. Others not so much.
The GULAG taught an entire generation shame, hatred and fear – and that knowledge has been passed on.
“Shootings aren’t nearly as common now, as the criminals know how to use the criminal justice system against their victims. But then again, who wants to end up in a Russian prison?”
Though the Minsk bombing was not a suicide attack like last year’s Moscow bombing, there is just something about metro bombs that plays on a certain primal fear.
I didn’t want to have to prove anything to this person. I just wanted to go home and draw a bath.
Oh, they wanted to silence Oleg? We won’t let them. We’ll make his writing even more popular.
It was apparent that the older guy had been drawn into the fight against his will.
I know how hard it is to be an expat lacking the linguistic tools to manage random day-to-day encounters.
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