There's not much the world can do to stop authoritarian rulers from persecuting their political opponents, as shown by the standoff over Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, who is ill and imprisoned.
The Russian opposition leader remains in prison, but has now ended his hunger strike.
Tensions are high, but a Russian invasion is highly unlikely.
The new US administration has talked about setting up an alliance of democracies. For the time being, the project seems vague. Yet such an alliance is necessary.
And there's not too much the rest of the world can do to stop them.
Both Russia and China are signalling they will only deal with the West where and when it suits them. They are also increasingly comfortable working together as close partners.
Can the arrival of a new administration in Washington and the demonstrations in Moscow demanding the release of Alexei Navalny destabilize the strongman of Moscow?
Long overlooked in the West, the Byzantine Empire has recently picked up interest among far-right and conspiracist circles. A historian of medieval culture explains what white supremacists get wrong.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has proved himself to be a master at summoning citizens to protest government abuses. The very words he chooses to use are part of his power.
There were messages for friend and foe alike, but Biden was strangely silent on Brexit.
Once again allegations have surfaced that the former US president was a Russian 'asset'. Maybe so, but that doesn't mean he was their agent.
Navalny's jailing could galvanise Russians who want a government no longer characterised by post-imperial nostalgia and a paranoid, siege mentality that constantly fears the West.
Poisoning Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny didn't get rid of him. He survived the attack, and now the Kremlin must deal with a reinvigorated reform movement led by Navalny.
State-controlled Russian media have depicted the US Capitol insurrection as the collapse of the US political system and democracy itself.
In claiming the election was "stolen" from him and using the office of the president to the benefit of his family, Trump dips into the authoritarian playbook to convert power into property.
He knew he would be arrested on arrival in Russia, but it's unclear what the dissident politician 's next move will be.
The opposition leader's return from poisoning will put pressure on the Russian president in a crucial election year.
Cosmism, a theory that blends faith in science with religious traditionalism, serves as a source of inspiration for conservative Russian ideologues in search of a national idea.
Calls to keep talking are getting louder out of fear of escalation and ultimately war – but why are diplomatic relations so difficult for Nato and Russia?
Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has exposed the fragility of democratic institutions, mirroring a global trend in authoritarianism, and that will have a lasting effect on the United States.