Politics of Russia

Russian opposition figure and former owner of the Yukos Oil Company Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks during a press conference with Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs at the "Esperanza" hotel in Paunguriai village

Russia must change its power structure to get back on a democratic path, opposition figure says


Russian businessman and opposition figure Mikhail Khodorkovsky recently released a new book, “The Russia Conundrum: How the West Fell for Putin’s Power Gambit — and How to Fix It.” He spoke with The World’s host Marco Werman about Russia, President Vladimir Putin and the war in Ukraine.

Police officers detain a demonstrator as people gather in front of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. 

Kremlin tries to ‘erase a nation’s history’ with shutdown of leading human rights org, Russian politician says

Human rights
Alexei Navalny wears a plaid shirt and looks a bit startled with his eyes widened at the camera.

Russian dissident Alexei Navalny’s health warrants ‘justified, grave concern,’ says his adviser

Anti-Kremlin activist Pyotr Verzilov poses for a photo before an interview with Reuters in Berlin, Germany, Sept. 28, 2018.

Russia jails Pussy Riot manager for 15 days for petty hooliganism

Global Politics
A man speaks from a podium in front of an audience. He is flanked by Russian flags and screens

Russia’s cabinet resigns and it’s all part of Putin’s plan

A man stands outside next to a tent.

Videoblogging shaman walks to Moscow to ‘exorcise’ Putin

Conflict & Justice

Alexander Gabyshev is walking to Moscow in a journey to save Russia from Putin, who he believes will leave the country in ruin.

Marco Werman walks across Red Square in Moscow. Behind him is the iconic St. Basil's Cathedral.

Marco Werman: A Cold War baby visits Putin’s Russia

Generation Putin

Marco Werman visited Russia for the first time earlier this year. In Moscow, he saw the careful editing of Soviet history and the rise of Western commercialism.

People walk through Red Square in Moscow. St. Basil's Cathedral is in the distance.

Russia’s youth flex their political power

Generation Putin

Not everything revolves around politics for young Russians — life is more than being pro- or anti-Putin for the vast majority — but for some, politics dominates their lives and what they hope is their future.

Several young men are shown looking past the camera with some wearing glasses.

‘If not I, then who?’: Armed with the internet, Russia’s young people want to remake their world

Generation Putin

A generation who has grown up under President Putin begins to take its place in Russian politics.

A close up of Putin looking at Trump

Russian conspiracy theories: How Kremlin-backed yarns help keep Vladimir Putin in power

Russian political discourse is also riddled with conspiracy theories. Everything bad that happens in Russia is traced back by some to one or another anti-Russian plot hatched in the West.