Why We Won’t Be Covering Sochi

Russia is eager to hide its abominable persecution of gays behind Olympic pomp. We mustn’t let it.

How Yelena Goltsman Ended Up on the Front Lines in the Battle To Boycott the Olympics

The Soviet Jewish émigré and the founder of an American organization for LGBT Russian-speakers says, ‘We’re all activists now’

Women of the Gulag: From Stalin to Pussy Riot

A new history and film remind amnesiac Russia of the individual lives shattered and disfigured by Stalinist oppression

Krakow Museum Honored; Putin Slams Bombings

Plus a Ruth Bader Ginsburg bobblehead exists, and more in the news

Mikhail Khodorkovsky Freed From Prison

Tycoon-turned-dissident jailed for 10 years until Putin’s surprise pardon

Putin to Pardon Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Jewish oil tycoon turned noble dissident has been imprisoned for 10 years

Israel, Iran Maybe Met; Bibi and Putin to Meet

Plus a new dating site called Jzoog, and more in the news

Putin Refuses To Let the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Library Leave Moscow

An international cast of characters is embroiled in a bizarre legal dispute over the late rabbi’s personal collection of books

Why Is Biden Speaking at J Street?

Just weeks after the group, unlike AIPAC, wouldn’t support a Syria strike

Discarded Draft of Putin’s Opinion Piece on Syria

The Russian premier got a lot of help from the editors

Did Vladimir Putin Bait a Trap for the United States in Damascus?

Why the Russian president has every reason to cross Barack Obama’s “red line” on Syria, and elsewhere in the Middle East

Why the IOC’s Olympic-sized, Big Gay Russian Problem Isn’t Going Away—and Shouldn’t

Jews, too, have a stake in the Olympic committee’s cowardly attempt to stifle gay rights protests at Sochi this winter

Russia’s Middle-East End Game, at the Hands of the Post-Soviet Grandmaster

Why Putin believes U.S. policies in the Middle East since the Arab Spring have been misguided, unprincipled, and dangerous

Russia to Offer Iran an Air Defense System

Oh yes, and will help revive nuclear talks as well

The Children of Refuseniks Report From the Frontlines of Putin’s Russia

Journalists Masha Gessen, Miriam Elder, and Michael Idov talk about a changing Russia and their place in it

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