Articles by Maxim Kononenko



Basayev's Fate Rests on Tip of a Needle

One day, Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was sitting in his Kremlin office issuing urgent orders over the telephone.

Behave Yourself and You Will Become President

One day, Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin phoned the Matrosskaya Tishina detention facility.

Abramovich Just Lacks a Certain Something

One day, Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was surfing the Internet and looking at pictures of the yacht belonging to the governor of Chukotka, Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich.

Boneheaded Approach Works Real Miracles

One day, Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was sitting in his Kremlin office thinking up questions for his annual conversation with the people of Russia.

A Fashion Statement From Kremlin Source

One day, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was sitting in his Kremlin office studying Tatar, when suddenly the tall door of the presidential office swept silently open and the deputy head of Vladimir Vladimirovich's administration, Vladislav Yuryevich Surkov, came into the room.

The Dark Dreams of August Haunt Putin

One night, Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin fell asleep and had a very strange dream.

Tax Troubles Loom for a Well-Funded Satirist

One day, Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was sitting in his Kremlin office and reading an article written by candidate of economics and political columnist Yulia Leonidovna Latynina in the liberal newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

Androids and Relatives Boost Kremlin Ratings

One day Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin called up his deputy chief of staff Vladislav Yuryevich Surkov.

The Long Arm of the Kremlin Comes Home

One day, Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was sitting in his Kremlin office and looking through his presidential telescope at an American spacecraft crashing into a comet in outer space.

Super Bowl Ring Goes to Stabilization Fund

One day, Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was sitting in his Kremlin office and watching Garry Kasparov getting ketchup-coated eggs thrown at him on television.

Freedom's Grim Wings Flap Past the President

One day, Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was walking down a long Kremlin corridor thinking about how to avoid getting elected for a third term.

A Mysterious Ice Pick Strikes Kremlin's Fancy

One day, Prime Minister Mikhail Yefimovich Fradkov called Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin.

Life Lessons for Putin From Sultan of Brunei

One day, Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was watching a debate show featuring television personality Ksenia Anatolyevna Sobchak and State Duma Deputy Yevgeny Borisovich Balashov.

Putin's Rabid Response to Economic Ailments

One day Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was sitting in his Kremlin office and reading about rabies in a medical encyclopedia.

Putin's Staff Grinds to Eerie Halt in Blackout

One day, Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin arrived for work at the Kremlin.

Mikhail Fradkov Can't Even Step Down Right

One day, Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was sitting in his Kremlin office and working on some documents.

Oil Oligarch Roulette Puts New Spin on Trial

One day Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was sitting in his Kremlin office with a deputy head of his administration, Igor Ivanovich Sechin, watching a live feed from Moscow's Meshchansky District Court.

He's Got Those Victory Day, Superpower Blues

One day Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was sitting in his Kremlin office picking out presents for the world leaders soon to arrive for the Victory Day celebrations in Moscow.

The Power of Prayer and a Call to Service

One day Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Holy Smoke, Or the Divine Power Vertical

One day, Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was sitting in his Kremlin office and forcing himself to stare at a photograph of the secretary of state of the United States of America, Condoleezza Rice.

Kremlin Pawns' Latest Weapon Is Chessboard

One day Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was sitting in his Kremlin office with the deputy head of his administration, Vladislav Yuryevich Surkov, watching the chairman of Committee 2008: Free Choice, Garry Kimovich Kasparov, speaking live at the Center for Liberal-Conservative Policy.

Kadyrov Gives Putin a Quick Lesson in CPR

One day Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was sitting in his Kremlin office with the deputy head of his administration, Vladislav Yuryevich Surkov, watching the funeral of Pope John Paul II on television.

State Duma Drubbing Hits Putin's Pocketbook

One day Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was sitting in his Kremlin office watching a State Duma session on closed-circuit television.

Smart Shopper Akayev Finds Bishkek Bargains

One day Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was sitting in his sunlit Kremlin office cleaning his presidential fishing lures.

Stakes Are High in the Game of Government

One day Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was sitting in his Kremlin office watching a working session of his Cabinet live on closed-circuit television.

Aslan's Resting Place in Kremlin's Kunstkamer

One day Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was sitting in his office with a smile on his face, picturing his family around the breakfast table that morning.

Distraught Berezovsky Teases Bloody Dictator

One day, Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin got a call from Boris Abramovich Berezovsky.

Behind the Scenes at the Bratislava Summit

One day Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was holding a summit with U.S. President George W. Bush.

FSB Taking a New Dig at Chechen Insurgents

One day Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin was sorting through his collection of sacred objects.

Restoring Confidence by Pressing the Button

One day, Vladimir VladimirovichÖ Putin called the deputy head of his administration, Vladislav Yuryevich Surkov.