The Russian president pulled back troops from Ukraine’s border and relented on medical treatment for his nemesis Aleksei A. Navalny, after a performance blending fear and force to affirm his power.
About 60 Russian diplomats were ordered out of the Czech Republic, which said it had evidence of Moscow’s involvement in an ammunition dump explosion in 2014.
In Lithuania, he was celebrated as a hero. But we can’t move on until we admit what he really did.
He was caught spilling secrets to the Soviets in 1961 and imprisoned. Five years later, he escaped and fled to Moscow, where he was hailed a hero.
With large-scale demonstrations showing little sign of winding down, President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko’s security forces appear to have shifted from mass repression to more targeted disappearances.
Catherine Belton’s new book argues that Vladimir Putin has presided over the country and its resources like a czar, bolstered by a cadre of friendly oligarchs and secret service agents.
“Waging war on bronze men doesn’t make your life any more moral or just,” one observer noted. “It does nothing really.”
Russia’s grievances against what it sees as American bullying and expansion into its own zones of influence have been stacking up for decades.
A hacking group calling itself Evil Corp., indicted in December, has shown up in corporate networks with sophisticated ransomware. American officials worry election infrastructure could be next.
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