The Russian Filmmaker Trapped Between Hollywood and Moscow

As boycotts of Russia expand to include cultural exports, artists like Kirill Serebrennikov must prove they are dissident enough to enjoy a Western audience.

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Brittney Griner’s Sentence Renews Pressure on President Biden

The basketball star’s supporters are pressing for action. But critics of any possible deal are already fuming.

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Brittney Griner and the Total Lopsidedness of Prisoner Swaps with Russia

American citizens should still know that if they are imprisoned in a country with a dubious legal system, the U.S. government will do all it can to get them back.

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U.S. Offers to Swap Russian Arms Dealer, Viktor Bout, for Griner and Whelan

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said he would speak to his Russian counterpart for the first time in months about a “substantial proposal” to free the Americans.

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Looming Question for Putin Opponents: Can You Change Russia From Jail?

For opposition figures choosing to stay in Russia after President Vladimir V. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, imprisonment looks like a matter of time. It’s also a subject for fierce debate.

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How Brittney Griner Became a Political Pawn

Growing public pressure to free the W.N.B.A. star, who has been detained in Russia for months, comes with risks.

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When the Czarinas Ruled Fashion’s Front Row

A group of Russian women were once the hottest things at couture, embraced not just by fashion, but by the watching world. Where are they now?

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Russian Elites Show No Sign of Broad Challenge to Putin

Many business owners and intellectuals fled Russia after the invasion of Ukraine, but others stayed behind, struggling to redefine their lives. Their diverging choices do not add up to a broad challenge to Vladimir Putin’s war.

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Moscow Court Brittney Griner Held in Jail for Another 18 Days

The American basketball star was arrested in February in a Russian airport amid tensions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and attempts to win her release have repeatedly failed.

#basketball, #griner-brittney, #moscow-russia, #phoenix-mercury, #prisons-and-prisoners, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #womens-national-basketball-assn

The Russian Orthodox Leader at the Core of Putin’s Ambitions

Patriarch Kirill I has provided spiritual cover for the invasion of Ukraine, reaping vast resources for his church in return. Now, in an extraordinary step, the E.U. is threatening him with sanctions.

#europe, #european-union, #francis, #kirill-i, #moscow-russia, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #roman-catholic-church, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-orthodox-church, #ukraine

Moscow Moves to Russify Seized Ukraine Land, Signaling Annexation

The territory occupied by Russian forces so far in the three-month-old invasion deserves “a worthy place in our Russian family,” a Kremlin official who toured the region said.

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Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says

The campaign detailed by a cybersecurity firm highlights Beijing’s increasingly sophisticated tactics to spy on an array of targets, including countries it considers friends.

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Sanctions Shed Light on Putin’s Private Life

As Western nations place sanctions on people close to the Russian leader, including family members, the strict secrecy surrounding his private life is being punctured.

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In Victory Day Speech, Putin Shows Reluctance in Demanding Too Much of Russians

The Russian president, in a much-anticipated speech on his country’s most important holiday, did not proclaim an escalation of the fight in Ukraine.

#moscow-russia, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #world-war-ii-1939-45

In Victory Day Speech, Putin Told Russians What He Wanted Them to Hear

The Russian president, in a much-anticipated speech on his country’s most important holiday, did not proclaim an escalation of the fight in Ukraine.

#moscow-russia, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Two Europes Confront Each Other Over the Glory, or Shame, of War

On Monday, Vladimir Putin will mark Russia’s Victory Day by extolling the virtues of force. France’s leader, Emmanuel Macron, will honor a very different anniversary.

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It will neither rattle Putin nor change our obligations in the war.

It will neither rattle Putin nor change our obligations in the war.

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Dug In on Front Lines, Ukrainians Aim to Repel Russian Onslaught

After near-annihilation, and a marriage proposal, a Ukrainian unit has become a group of hardened veterans, dug in and determined.

#moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Vladimir Sorokin Says Russian Writers Should Fight Back in War on Truth

With eight forthcoming translations of his books, Vladimir Sorokin is gaining recognition in the West just as, he says, Russian writers need to fight back in a semantic war on truth.

#berlin-germany, #books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #content-type-personal-profile, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sorokin-vladimir, #translation-and-interpreters, #writing-and-writers

Russia’s Storied Ballet Is Among the Casualties of War

Ballet has long been a symbol of Russian culture. Now it is becoming a symbol of Russian isolation.

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Putin’s War in Ukraine Shatters an Illusion in Russia

Russians long lived with an understanding: Stay away from politics, and live your life as you choose. The war in Ukraine wrecked that idea.

#chechnya-russia, #georgia-georgian-republic, #gudkov-lev-d, #levada-center, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Spurred by Putin, Russians Turn on One Another Over the War

Citizens are denouncing one another, illustrating how the war is feeding paranoia and polarization in Russian society.

#education-k-12, #federal-security-service, #moscow-russia, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Shaken at First, Many Russians Now Rally Behind Putin’s Invasion

Polls and interviews show many Russians now accept the Kremlin’s assertion that their country is under siege from the West. Opponents are leaving the country or keeping quiet.

#crimea-ukraine, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #echo-of-moscow, #moscow-russia, #peskov-dmitri-s, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

The Man in the Olive Green Tee

How Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky transformed the meaning of a piece of cotton.

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The Russia I Know Is Being Erased

We will rebuild Russia, of course, slowly and patiently, just like the generation before us. But not before this one crumbles first.

#censorship, #freedom-of-the-press, #moscow-russia, #news-and-news-media, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Russia Is Losing Tens of Thousands of Outward-Looking Young Professionals

Many of them have been streaming into Armenia, where they can work I.T. jobs remotely, at least for a while. At cafes in the capital, Yerevan, the exiles try to plot out new lives from their laptops.

#armenia, #computers-and-the-internet, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #georgia-georgian-republic, #immigration-and-emigration, #moscow-russia, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Jeanette Wagner, Who Globalized the Estée Lauder Brand, Dies at 92

Meticulous in building relationships, she helped open new markets for the cosmetics company, notably in the Soviet Union, as head of its international operations.

#cosmetics-and-toiletries, #deaths-obituaries, #estee-lauder-companies-inc, #moscow-russia, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #wagner-jeanette-1929-2022

Why Vladimir Putin Invokes Nazis to Justify His Invasion of Ukraine

The language of Russia’s invasion has been dominated by the word “Nazi” — a puzzling assertion about a country whose leader is Jewish.

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Russian Court Extends Brittney Griner’s Detention

Griner, one of the world’s best basketball players, was detained on accusations that she had hashish oil in her luggage at an airport outside of Moscow a week before Russia invaded Ukraine.

#basketball, #griner-brittney, #hashish, #moscow-russia, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #texas, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Olga Smirnova, Opposed to the Ukraine War, Quits the Bolshoi

Olga Smirnova said she was against the war in Ukraine “with all the fibers of my soul.” Now, she has joined the Dutch National Ballet.

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Russian Censorship Law Forces Reporters to Weigh Safety

Western news outlets are engaging in a tense debate over balancing an urgent need to bear witness with journalists’ ability to report freely under strict new laws there.

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Facing Economic Calamity, Putin Talks of Nationalizing Western Businesses.

With the ruble collapsing, the economy contracting and people abandoning the country, Russia’s leader talks of a Western plot to destroy the country.

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With Humor, and a Nod to History, Johnson and Zelensky Find a Rapport

Forging an alliance with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine was a natural for Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister. The two share a sense of the moment.

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Woman Hid Ties to Russia While Pushing Putin’s Propaganda, U.S. Says

Elena Branson was charged with violating federal laws requiring agents of foreign governments to disclose their official ties.

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Xi and Putin’s ‘No Limits’ Bond Leaves China Few Options on Ukraine

Beijing aligned itself with Putin as Russia prepared to invade Ukraine. Now its efforts to edge away are constrained by leadership politics.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #wang-yi, #xi-jinping, #zelensky-volodymyr

Police Arrest More Than 3,000 People As Protests Grow Across Russia

An activist group that tracks protests found demonstrations in nearly 50 cities on Sunday.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #moscow-russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

How to Avoid Nuclear War With Russia

It’s often better to constrain yourself than to limit your enemy’s choices.

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Republicans Sharpen Their Message on Ukraine

Party leaders think that tying President Biden’s handling of the war to his domestic woes could be a potent argument with voters in the fall.

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Russia Steps Up Censorship With Law Against ‘False Information’

Calling the war in Ukraine a “war” in social media, print or broadcast will be a crime punishable by up to 15 years in jail. Russia also blocked access to foreign news sites.

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Last Vestiges of Russia’s Free Press Fall Under Kremlin Pressure

“Everything that’s not propaganda is being eliminated,” a Nobel Prize winning editor said as Russian authorities moved to control the narrative in the Ukraine war.

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A War the Kremlin Tried to Disguise Becomes a Hard Reality for Russians

Moscow posted a death toll from its attack on Ukraine for the first time, and Russians who long avoided politics are now grappling with the fact that their country is fighting a deadly conflict.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Russia Says It Won’t Enter Talks Until Ukraine Stops Fighting

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, made clear that Russia was seeking to topple the democratically elected government of Ukraine.

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Biden Hits Russia With Broad Sanctions for Putin’s War in Ukraine

The penalties will affect Russia’s biggest banks, its weapons industry, its largest energy company and families close to President Vladimir V. Putin. The country’s stock market has plummeted.

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Thousands of Russians Protest President Putin’s Assault on Ukraine

At the demonstrations, many people said they felt depressed and broken by the news of Russian military action.

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Thousands of Russians protest President Vladimir V. Putin’s assault on Ukraine. Some chant: ‘No to war!

At the demonstrations, many people said they felt depressed and broken by the news of Russian military action.

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Russians Now See a New Side to Putin: Dragging Them Into War

The autocrat who has steered Russia for 22 years was embraced by many Russians for what they saw as his rationality and astute risk management. That image has been upended.

#moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Russia Could Use Cryptocurrency to Mitigate U.S. Sanctions

Russian companies have many cryptocurrency tools at their disposal to evade sanctions, including a so-called digital ruble and ransomware.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #bitcoin-currency, #blockchain-technology, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-trade-and-world-market, #moscow-russia, #russia, #treasury-department, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #virtual-currency

‘A Knife to the Throat’: Putin’s Logic for Invading Ukraine

An address by the Russian president on Monday revealed some of the thinking behind the aggression and hinted at his wider intentions.

#audio-neutral-informative, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #moscow-russia, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #speeches-and-statements, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Ukraine’s Russia Crisis Reveals the West’s False Sense of Energy Security

America must secure the raw materials that a clean energy future requires. 

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #europe, #germany, #lithium-metal, #moscow-russia, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #supply-chain, #ukraine, #united-states

Bond Between China and Russia Alarms U.S. and Europe Amid Ukraine Crisis

The Biden administration plans to build up global coalitions to counter a pact between Vladimir V. Putin and Xi Jinping, portending a new type of Cold War.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #international-relations, #moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #xi-jinping