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Government Of Russia

David Ignatius: Ukraine poses existential crisis for Obama, too

WASHINGTON — As President Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin’s Russia than it does to the U.S. or Europe. For Putin, this is an existential crisis; for the West, so far, it isn’t, as the limited…

April 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Fighting anew for democracy against pugnacious Putin

BRUSSELS — President Obama has spoken once again during the Ukraine crisis about being on the right "side of history." It's one of his signature lines, but he should stop: The phrase implies there's an inevitability to the advance of progress and justice. Would that it were so.

March 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Geography matters more to Putin

WASHINGTON — Igor Stravinsky, the Russian composer, said of Poland, perilously positioned between Russia and Germany: "If you pitch your tent in the middle of Fifth Avenue, it is quite likely you will be run over by a bus." Poland has been run over hard and often; indeed, between 1795 and 19…

March 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Russians savor freedom, shopping

I was invited earlier this year to lecture at the law school at Bashkir State University in Ufa, Russia — two time zones East of Moscow near the Ural mountains. The ninth largest city in Russia, it has over a million people. It is a large oil and gas center.

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