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.
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.
People vs. Putin Power
The Russian Spring begins in winter.
Russia Claims the High Ground
The Kremlin condemns persecution of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange—but it may soon change its tune
Orange Fades to Black
Heralded for its Orange Revolution five years ago, Ukraine is coming apart at the seams
Russia’s Monroe Doctrine
Cornered by NATO’s expansion, Moscow reasserts its imperial ambitions
Putin Is Gone! Long Rule Putin!
With new president, Russians continue to forgo political voice for economic security
From Autocracy With Love
Ethnic Cleansing in Russia
Putin stokes the flames of xenophobia by targeting non-Slavs in Georgia.
No Reason to Exist
‘Managed’ No More
Russians take to the streets to protest the privatization of their social welfare system.
Ukraine's contested election reflects Russia's push to reunify
Demise of Democracy
The Bloodiest Chapter
A recent spate of Chechen terrorist attacks sends a centuries-old conflict spiraling out of control
Life During Wartime
Chechen refugees are forced to return, but the battle continues.
To the Extreme
A new Russian law shuts down Kremlin opposition.
Chechnya remains mired in misery
Russia's last independent network goes under.
As the conflict in Chechnya worsens, the media ignore it.
Caught on Tape
Presidential scandal drives Ukraine into political chaos