“The Romantic Notion of Russian Spies – Not Exactly a Blast from the Past”, by Jacqueline Klapak

The phrase “Russian spy” evokes classic images of the Cold War—the days when Bert the Turtle flickered across gleaming American televisions, men in Chesterfield overcoats pretended to be diplomats, dark meeting rooms were filled with nail-darted leather chairs, State Department officials swapped briefcases in an alley during the blink of an onlooker’s eye, conference rooms…

U.S. willing to ignore energy economics to challenge Russia? Sounds like ‘political manipulation’ to me, by E. Katharine Foshag

Russian state-controlled natural gas producer Gazprom supplied the European Union and Turkey with a record-setting volume of gas in 2013, 162 billion cubic meters, of which roughly 50 percent travelled through Ukraine via pipeline. As geopolitical tensions between Russia and Ukraine continue to escalate, Republican leaders in the U.S. have been quick to criticize President…

The History of Russia: Putin’s Version, by Krystyna Nyemchynova

In November 2013, President Putin authorized a working group under the supervision of academician Alexander Chubaryan, Director of the Institute of World History, to unveil a new concept of history teaching in Russian schools, according to which the assessment of historical facts has to become objective and unified. According to Putin, most of the textbooks…