Biden Calls On Ukraine To Press On With Reforms, Says Sanctions On Russia Must Remain Until Crimea Returned

January 16, 2017

The US Vice President said that Ukraine must work to defeat the “cancer of corruption.”

Putin Using All Means Against The West – Including Islamist Terrorism – Piontkovsky Says

December 12, 2016

Putin Using All Means Against the West – including Islamist Terrorism – Piontkovsky Says 2016-12-12 16:38:26 Staunton, VA, December 12, 2016 – Tragically, Andrey Piontkovsky says, Washington does not yet understand that Vladimir Putin is not and will not “struggle against Islamic terrorism together with the West” but rather is “using all available resources and […]

The Daily Vertical: The Kremlin Vs. History

September 5, 2016

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page. A transcript of today’s Daily Vertical can be found here.

Winter On Fire: The Unifying and Inspiring Lesson From Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution

January 21, 2016

It has been two years since Maidan Square in Kiev burned during the police crackdown on pro-EU protesters, and yet the memory of events there still burns bright in the hearts and minds of many in Ukraine and beyond. Now “Winter On Fire,” a documentary about Ukraine’s Euromaidan protest movement, has been nominated for an […]

Putin Views Russia Itself Only as a Means to Create a New World Order, Illarionov Says

December 25, 2015

Staunton, December 25 — Vladimir Putin views Russia not as an end in itself but rather as a means to create a new world order, a view that means he is quite prepared to sacrifice the well-being of Russians in the pursuit of his vision of a new Yalta, according to Moscow commentator Andrey Illarionov. […]

Moscow’s Goal in Syria is to Undermine West Not Support Assad, Belarusian Experts Say

December 14, 2015

Staunton, December 14 – Moscow’s primary goal in Syria is not to support its ally Bashar Al-Assad against all challenges but rather to destabilize the situation in the Middle East, undercutting the influence of the West and boosting its own; and to that end, it will be quite prepared to sacrifice the Syrian dictator, according […]

Stalin’s Deportation of Crimean Tatars ‘Justified’ and ‘Humane,’ Russian Commentator Says

September 24, 2015

Staunton, September 24 The great Russian memoirist Nadezhda Mandelshtam once observed that “happy is that country in which the despicable will at least be despised.” On that measure, Putin’s Russia is an increasingly unhappy place where ever more despicable things past and present are being justified or even presented as positive goods. In a commentary […]