Fred Weir is a Moscow cor­re­spon­dent for In These Times and reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to the Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor, the Lon­don Inde­pen­dent, Cana­di­an Press and the South Chi­na Morn­ing Post. He is the co-author of Rev­o­lu­tion from Above: The Demise of the Sovi­et System.
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Will Pussy Riot Get The Last Laugh?
The prison sentence against the radical feminists chills freedom of speech but the backlash against the verdict might chill Putin as well.
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People vs. Putin Power
The Russian Spring begins in winter.
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Russia Claims the High Ground
The Kremlin condemns persecution of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange—but it may soon change its tune
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Orange Fades to Black
Heralded for its Orange Revolution five years ago, Ukraine is coming apart at the seams
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Russia’s Monroe Doctrine
Cornered by NATO’s expansion, Moscow reasserts its imperial ambitions
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Putin Is Gone! Long Rule Putin!
With new president, Russians continue to forgo political voice for economic security
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From Autocracy With Love
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Ethnic Cleansing in Russia
Putin stokes the flames of xenophobia by targeting non-Slavs in Georgia.
Culture
No Reason to Exist
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‘Managed’ No More
Russians take to the streets to protest the privatization of their social welfare system.
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Deep Divide
Ukraine's contested election reflects Russia's push to reunify
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Demise of Democracy
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The Bloodiest Chapter
A recent spate of Chechen terrorist attacks sends a centuries-old conflict spiraling out of control
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Life During Wartime
Chechen refugees are forced to return, but the battle continues.
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To the Extreme
A new Russian law shuts down Kremlin opposition.
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Forgotten Land
Chechnya remains mired in misery
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Putin TV
Russia's last independent network goes under.
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Forgotten War
As the conflict in Chechnya worsens, the media ignore it.
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Caught on Tape
Presidential scandal drives Ukraine into political chaos