Not amused? Vladimir Putin.
Research on the Russian parliament shows it's not just a rubber stamp – but that's not necessarily good news for democracy.
Young people with Armenian flags protesting on the Republic Square.
Students from former Soviet countries who study in the US or Europe are more likely to develop liberal political views.
President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, following their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 7, 2018.
The US was once the dominant force in the Middle East. That old order has disappeared. Now the new powers are Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Russia – and the US needs a new policy for the region.
In the corridors of power: Russian president Vladimir Putin with Gazprom chief executive Alexei Miller.
Armed and backed by some of the world's largest known oil and gas reserves, Gazprom would be more powerful than US mercenaries such as Blackwater, and also closely linked to the Kremlin.
Novichok poisoning: cleaning up after a nerve agent was used on the streets of Salisbury.
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The UK has become surprisingly willing to brief the press about possible use of cyber attacks, including against Russia in response to the Skripal attack.
Bolshevik leaders Nikolai Lenin and Leon Trotsky.
Forged documents were used by the US government 100 years ago to justify hostile actions against Russia. All but one US newspaper accepted the government's propaganda. The lessons for today are stark.
Civic groups like the Boy Scouts are likely under attack by Russian agents – and likely don’t know it.
Russia is trying to create social tension in the US to boost its own strength on the world stage. That includes targeting society itself.
While the Kremlin rages at supposed crackdowns on Russian speakers abroad, it's rolling out a programme of linguistic homogenisation at home.
Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Alexander Petrov (left) and Ruslan Boshirov.
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The Skripal case shows how Russian intelligence services have the confidence to carry out shoddy operations, seemingly unconcerned about whether or not they will be discovered.
Old Delhi skyline.
The case for pragmatism, not dogma.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a mass in his hometown of St. Petersburg, Russia, on Jan. 7, 2018.
Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP
During the Cold War, American evangelicals smuggled Bibles and other Christian literature to the Soviet Union and other communist countries. They still see Russia as a partner on evangelical values.
Network map of accounts within #auspol tweets mentioning or linking to Russian propaganda outlets, Sputnik and RT, May 4 – July 30, 2018.
A lot of attention has been focused on Russia’s efforts to influence American politics, but Australia has also been a target – and continues to be a target – of covert foreign influence.
Times Square is the Mecca of advertising.
In the information age, advertising is no longer needed to inform consumers.That means its primary role is to manipulate.
Monument to the Soviet Army in Sofia, Bulgaria, painted overnight on February 24 2014 by unknown activists in solidarity with anti-Russian protests in Ukraine.
The Soviet programme of building war memorials in Eastern Bloc countries was a bid to win the hearts and minds of future generations.
What 69-year-old philosopher Hugh MacLachlan made of Russia's premier protest group.
After following trails and speaking to a former professional troll, researchers have uncovered the tricks.
An employee counts Russian ruble banknotes.
Global travelers are being increasingly asked if they want to pay for local purchases in terms of their home country currency. Here's why you should resist the strong temptation to do so.
Presidents Trump and Putin in Helsinki.
Donald Trump admires Russian President Vladimir Putin. But Putin's track record over his career reveals a serial liar, and presents damning evidence of complicity in multiple critics' violent deaths.
The 10th BRICS Summit delivered a mixed bag when judged on what it said on key issues, like global governance and trade.
The U.S. won’t be able to walk all over Putin with unilateral sanctions.
American policymakers and lawmakers are floating unilateral sanctions against Russia, Iran and even Turkey in an effort to change behavior. But research shows sanctions only work in narrow circumstances.