Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu after their meeting with the top military brass in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023.

Putin preps for presidential reelection campaign amid ongoing war


Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political party has unanimously nominated him to be their presidential candidate for the upcoming election in March 2024. The nomination comes amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, heavy political repression and heightened censorship. 

People protest in front of Ukraine’s embassy to Romania in Bucharest on Feb. 24, 2022.

International law says Putin’s war against Ukraine is illegal. Does that matter?

Conflict & Justice
A man walks along a street

‘Putin is obsessed with the idea of legitimacy,’ opposition activist says of ‘sham’ referendum

Anti-government Russian demonstrators took to the streets in Decembe, 2011, increasing pressure on Vladimir Putin as he sought a new term as Russian president. The placard reads "Get tired! Leave!"

Putin’s Cold War mentality explains a lot

A few questions rattled Russian President Vladimir Putin during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow.

At a year-end press conference, a handful of journalists try to hold Putin accountable

Global Politics
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a joint news conference with German President Frank Walter Steinmeier

Vladimir Putin’s grudge with Hillary Clinton

Global Politics

When Vladimir Putin first took control of Russia, Bill Clinton was the US president. Frontline filmmaker Mike Kirk tells how Putin came to consider the United States an existential threat, how he consolidated his power to confront the US, and why launching a campaign to disrupt the 2016 US presidential election would not have been out of character.

Russia-born U.S. journalist Masha Gessen (center) in a 2013 protest in Moscow against a proposed new law that would ban gay rights rallies.

From one generation to the next, Russians pass down the trauma of state terror


Author and activist Masha Gessen follows the experiences of half-dozen Russians whose lives have been changed by Putin’s retro-totalitarian state.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russia orders the US to cut its diplomatic staff in retaliation for sanctions

Global Politics

Russia’s foreign ministry announced counter-measures in response to tough new sanctions proposed by the United States, ordering Washington to reduce its diplomatic and technical staff in Moscow and other cities.

Donald Trump Jr. arrives at Trump Tower in New York City, U.S. January 18, 2017.

Ahead of his Senate testimony, hedge fund manager Browder dishes about the Russia investigation

Global Politics

Bill Browder prepares to testify about the Russian collusion scandal and the dangers of Putin’s agenda for the West.

A carnival model of Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in 2009.

‘Why are Americans so fat?’ And other questions Russians have about us.


An American journalist living in Russia says in the age of Donald Trump, Russian perceptions of America are tinged with mistrust and vice versa.