Was Pennsylvania's former congressman spying — knowingly or unknowingly — for the Kremlin?
Politician and activist Boris Nemtsov has produced an eye-opening study that outlines the failure and looming disaster of Putin's Russia. Not many people inside his country will get to read it, though.
Putin admits that the city of Sochi has "no proper sewage system, electricity supply, or infrastructure." And Chechnya is right next door.
Great Russian Chauvinism is back, as Moscow tries to expel all "illegal" immigrants of "Caucasian nationality."
Arresting bloggers can be added to the long list of the Kremlin's encroachments on human rights, writes Kim Zigfeld. So much for free speech in Russia.
Kim Zigfeld is glad the tide is turning on the Western perception of Putinism. Two new books focus on the menacing signs coming from the Kremlin.
Vladimir Putin has now not only disqualified his former prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov from running for president, he's threatened him with prison. It's just the latest in a long series of dictatorial intimidation in the New Russia, argues Kim Zigfeld.
The autocratic regime of Vladimir Putin is increasingly falling afoul of international law. As Kim Zigfeld reports, Russia is now faced with European lawsuits by the former shareholders of Yukos Oil, verdicts of state-sponsored murders in Chechnya, thwarted attempts to undermine Georgian democracy, and plans to shut down the British Council.
Meet Russian opposition leader Oleg Kozlovsky, who has "effectively held the Kremlin's feet to the fire of democracy." So much so that he has been "terrorized and silenced," writes Kim Zigfeld.
Why would a senior editor of Time write an article so favorable to Russia that it could have come directly from the Kremlin? Kim Zigfeld wonders about the magazine's agenda.
Vladimir Putin's landslide victory in Russia's weekend elections is worrisome whether or not the accusations of fraud and "dirty tricks" prove true, writes Kim Zigfeld. If they were legit, "it means the population of Russia is willingly embracing what can only be called a neo-Soviet dictatorship. If they were fraudulent, "it means we already see before us a fully realized totalitarian state. Either way, it's a dark new age for Russia."
Russians head to the polls on Sunday to vote in their country's parliamentary elections. Kim Zigfeld warns that it won't be a fine moment for democracy because President Vladimir Putin is determined to manipulate the outcome.
If President Bush really wants to understand today's Russia, maybe he should spend less time looking Putin in the eye and peer into the eyes of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, writes PJM's Russia analyst Kim Zigfeld. The former tycoon sits in a Siberian prison convicted of committing corporate fraud. When his arrest and prosecution is scrutinized, Khodorkovsky looks more and more like an old-style Soviet dissident.
In forging ahead with his state visit to Iran right now, Russia's Vladimir Putin has alienated virtually the entire world. He could provoke a renewed Cold War-style conflict which Russia --either in terms of allies or the economy-- is ill-equipped for. Kim Zigfeld explains why.
Crusading Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was dismissed by some as a paranoid crackpot when she sounded the clarion call of warning as Vladimir Putin rose to power. Now, the dire warnings of the woman mysteriously murdered a year ago today are conventional wisdom, writes Kim Zigfeld.