Cohen the Israeli spy? He’s on the phone to Nikolai Patrushev, Putin’s national security adviser, because that’s how grown-ups do business.
‘Pawn Sacrifice’ tells the story of the 1972 World Chess Championship in Iceland, a Cold War match between Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union and American Bobby Fischer
In ‘The Brothers,’ her new book about the Boston attacks, the Russian émigré writer empathizes with fellow displaced people
Taking sides at home in the ongoing fight for sovereignty in Ukraine
The murdered opposition leader represented the dilemmas of the Jewish politician in Putin’s Russia
Russian liberals see the late opposition leader as a martyr, but he was also a player in the post-Soviet power grab that is still unfolding
A new memoir by the grandson of a Russian bibliophile is also a great intellectual history of the 20th century
Moscow activists face jail as Kremlin allows counter-protest in Chechnya
Top Treasury official devised U.S. sanctions against Iran and Russia
Victor Pinchuk was awarded the Sheptytsky Medal at the Kiev Hilton, uniting Bernard-Henri Lévy, rabbis, presidents, glitterati
The post-Soviet, postmodern illiberal kleptocracy as a harbinger and warning bell for—the West?
German city of Cottbus gets first synagogue since 1938, in a former church
She was an enforcer of liberal morality in the face of cultish leader worship in the former Soviet Union. Who can take up her mantle?
More than 150 Jews housed in temporary shelters while waiting to emigrate
A look at the fearsome ideologue’s brilliant Odessa family novel, ‘The Five’
Nicholas Kristof’s totally reasonable, utterly delusional recipe for peace
When people ask questions about my Soviet past, the answers aren’t easy. I’d rather be defined by my future.
Moscow produces most insufferable cover yet of Leonard Cohen’s classic
Letters from the besieged city in Ukraine, from which Jews are making plans to flee civil unrest and political turmoil
Soviet dissident and Freedom Prize winner Josef Zissels becomes a Ukrainian Jew
Gennady Kernes shifted support from Russia to Kiev, but remained a target
Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky was taken by pro-Russian forces in Slovyansk
Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky has dual American and Israeli citizenship
Leaflets telling Jews to register with authorities not actually from ‘authorities’
My grandfather told me his hometown no longer existed. But I found it—and finally came to appreciate my own heritage.
The Shachar Club will serve kosher food and close for Shabbat
The return of Rabinovich is the revival of a Soviet mentality in Putin’s Russia
Attacks Jewish leadership for condemning Putin’s actions in Crimea
Three historians argue that the threat of far-right extremists is no less urgent than the military danger from Moscow
As a Soviet Jewish émigré, I broke all ties to Russia and its language—or so I thought, until my daughter was born