Ultimately, Putin’s bequest to his people is grimness, not greatness. The next generation of Russians will be untrusted and unwanted in many of the world’s most prosperous and welcoming nations.
Widespread outrage at Vladimir Putin’s decision to introduce partial mobilisation has focused attention on his ability to rule by decree.
There’s no question the Russian population is subject to a Russian media largely loyal to the Kremlin. But that doesn’t mean Vladimir Putin lacks genuine supporters.
Gorbachev failed in his two main aims: to hold togteher a reformed Soviet Union and cement its place in a new world order.
Monica Attard witnessed the death throes of the USSR – and the birth of a brave new world – as the ABC’s Russia foreign correspondent. In 2022, a return to an Orwellian regime looms.
Like other tragic reformers in history, Gorbachev’s chief legacy is to remind us about what might have been, rather than what subsequently transpired.
The live protest on one of Russia’s main state-owned TV news bulletins is a blow to Putin because of his near total control of broadcasting in the country.
An expert on oligarchs explains how they came to be Russia’s richest and most powerful people and scrutinizes their relationship with Putin.
Russia insists that there was an agreement not to expand Nato eastwards after the end of the USSR. History begs to differ.
Former BBC reporter James Rodgers reflects on the end of the Soviet Union and finds lessons for today.
The sketchy history of international efforts to control bioweapons suggests that nations will resist cooperative monitoring of gene hacking for medical research.
With tensions between China and New Zealand’s main security allies increasing dangerously, could Jacinda Ardern play the role of peacemaker?
Today’s concentration of power in the Russian presidency has its roots in the chaos of the 1990s.
Putin’s rule has defined what political power means in post-Soviet Russia, with important consequences for the rest of the world.
The crisis over alleged Russian involvement in a murder attempt on a spy and his daughter in the UK has been called an extension of the Cold War. But that war was about ideology; this crisis isn’t.
Boris Nemtsov’s warning about the festering bureaucratic corruption under Putin made him powerful enemies.