Topic: Vladimir Putin
To become a truly prosperous and democratic nation, Russia must be willing to abandon cultural obstacles to progress. Based on a meeting I had with Russia's president last month, Moscow may not be ready to do that.
06/24/2010 04:47 pm
Russian lawmakers are considering two bills that would give the FSB – the former KGB – sweeping powers against extremists. Critics cast it as a Soviet throwback that would enable the Kremlin to crack down on its opponents.
06/24/2010 04:10 pm
The Monitor's View Medvedev in Silicon Valley: Luring investors will be harder than a Russia-US reset
If Russian President Medvedev wants to lure Western investors to his country, he will have to follow through on promises to reduce corruption and lawlessness. That will require real reforms.
06/23/2010 03:55 pm
Dmitry Medvedev visits Silicon Valley for the first time on Wednesday, eager to reinvent his country's outmoded, oil-dependent economy.
06/23/2010 02:16 pm
Russia is again using gas as a foreign policy tool to alter behavior of its neighbors. It wants Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to join a new customs union championed by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
06/21/2010 01:35 pm
BP's managing director Bob Dudley will have day-to-day responsibility for managing the company's oil spill response in the Gulf of Mexico. Will he do any better at battling the crisis?
06/18/2010 09:06 pm
Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 06/17
It's past time, and high time, for NATO to reshape itself for the threats of this century, from terrorism to cyberwar. But budget cuts, a difficult war in Afghnistan, and a preoccupation with a debt crisis will make this a hard sell.
06/16/2010 04:00 pm
Kyrgyz violence has now killed 63 people, and injured 835 people in the south of Kyrgyzstan. Leaders are asking Russia to step in and assist in ending the violence.
06/12/2010 10:40 am
The United Nations Security Council voted on Wednesday to impose new sanctions on Iran. Here is a timeline of Iran and its nuclear programme since it revealed the existence of a second enrichment plant in 2009:
06/09/2010 02:36 pm