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September 17, 2013 8:00 AM What to Make of Putin's Op-Ed

Two quick notes on two interested parties in the rolling Syria situation. First, what to make of Russia's intentions? I've been deeply skeptical, for the obvious reason that Russia is Russia, a weak country whose foreign policy revolves around...

By Jeffrey Goldberg

August 08, 2013 11:00 AM Obama Cancels that Summit with Putin

Yesterday the White House announced that President Obama would cancel his planned September summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Here are some thoughts on this decision from my colleagues at PONARS Eurasia: Kimberly Marten, Barnard College, Columbia University: Obama did exactly...

By Joshua Tucker

July 16, 2013 1:00 PM Russia Has a New Way to Get Customers to Buy Stuff, and It's Really Creepy

From a New York Times article today on technology to track shoppers’ movements in stores through their cell phones: Synqera, a start-up in St. Petersburg, Russia, is selling software for checkout devices or computers that tailors marketing messages to a...

By Andrew Sabl

July 02, 2013 10:00 AM Vladimir Putin on his 'American Partners'

“If he wants to go somewhere and they accept him, please, be my guest…If he wants to stay here, there is one condition: He must cease his work aimed at inflicting damage to our American partners, as strange as it...

By Joshua Tucker

February 03, 2013 10:50 AM The Truth About Putinism

h/t Wayne Curtis via Andrew SullivanOrwell wrote: One rapid but fairly sure guide to the social atmosphere of a country is the parade-step of its army. A military parade is really a kind of ritual dance, something like a...

By Mark Kleiman