For hundreds of years, Russia has elevated its political leaders as figureheads. That’s part of what makes its propaganda so convincing.
A digest of the week’s coverage of the war against Ukraine.
Western officials say that Russia may officially declare war on Ukraine on May 9. An international relations expert explains why this day is significant, and why a war declaration would matter.
Political phone pranksters played a big part in the passage of draconian laws that strangle free expression in Russia.
A Russian journalist and political operative reveals that Russian leadership is planning for the complete destruction of Ukraine
Russia is cracking down on freedom of speech and media. But other factors, like outside online information, could make it difficult to control war propaganda - and block out other information.
The best of the last week’s coverage of the war in Ukraine.
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.
The death of ‘glasnost’ and the return to the oppression of Soviet Russia.
Sanctions follow a ‘punishment logic,’ which often hurts the wrong people – and will likely weaken an already beleaguered Russian opposition.
Even as it wages a propaganda and disinformation campaign in Ukraine, Russia is fighting to retain control of the story within Russia.
America is being ‘hysterical’ about Russian troop buildups near the Ukrainian border. That’s the official news in Russia, where citizens are getting government’s preferred view of the Ukraine crisis.
Muratov’s Nobel will be a boon to Russian investigative journalism.
Russia’s state broadcaster works hand-in-hand with the Kremlin to push the party line.
A new generation of investigative journalists is revealing the depth of corruption in Russian public life.
The pro-Kremlin Russian political and media establishment have grown increasingly skilled at spinning stories to highlight US political weaknesses.
Vladimir Putin’s complaints about Western power over telecommunications echo – if not co-opt – concerns raised by less powerful nations for decades.
If you think Americans are suckers for conspiracies theories, you ought to hear some of the theories that are popular in Putin’s Russia.
Russia’s efforts to sow discord, discontent and chaos extend far beyond the US, including into leading media outlets in the Arab world.
Whatever the reason for faking Arkady Babchenko’s death, this episode will not make journalists any safer.