Articles by Gregory Feifer



Russia and the EU Are Incompatible in Ukraine

The Kremlin's strategy is to expand its business model, exporting corruption in the process.

Beware of Russia Baiting and Switching on Syria

It should be more than clear by now to anyone who believed that achieving Western consensus over Syria depends on securing assistance from Russia that Moscow is interested in anything but helping.

A Thread Links Unrest in Turkey, Russia and U.S.

Public disgust with the authorities is growing in the three countries. But the greatest similarity may be intellectuals' unrealistic expectations.

Rebuilding Radio Liberty

Radio Liberty's problems in Russia had little to do with the Kremlin and  a lot to do with its own leadership.

Don't Fall for Putin's Talk

Putin was never a reformer and most likely will never become one. Let's not kid ourselves with wishful thinking about "Putin 2.0."

The Master of Bluff

Long before President Vladimir Putin publicly anointed Dmitry Medvedev to take over the Kremlin in December, the heir's words were being parsed for signs of what kind of leader he would make. But if there is one lesson to be learned from observing Putin's own presidency, it's precisely to avoid that mistake.

Last Testament

The Kremlin's actions speak for themselves in Anna Politkovskaya's final account of Russian politics under Vladimir Putin.

Last Testament

The Kremlin's actions speak for themselves in Anna Politkovskaya's final account of Russian politics under Vladimir Putin.

Rewriting Stalin's War

On May 9, U.S. President George W. Bush and other heads of state will gather in Moscow for lavish celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Allies' World War II victory in Europe.

Summit Soul Mates in Slovakia

Don't expect much from the upcoming summit meeting between President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush in the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, on Feb. 24. That's not because the two won't agree on key issues, but because they understand each other all too well.

Liberals Should Read Their Job Description

With the prospect of a second Bush administration fundamentally altering the nature of our political system, news media are overloaded with debates about what the American liberal establishment should do next. And well they should be.

Political Bills Win Far Less Praise

In contrast to the economic legislation passed in the State Duma's spring session, the political and social legislation gave deputies less reason to crow as they headed out for the summer Monday.

Dzhabrailov Takes Snap Trip to Italy

Saying he feared for his life in the aftermath of an alleged assassination attempt on a top Moscow city official, hotel and retail mogul Umar Dzhabrailov left Russia for Italy on Saturday -- only to return on Monday.

Withdrawal Causes Little Fuss

Reaction in Moscow to the long-planned U.S. withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty was muted on Thursday.

Communists Down But Far From Dead

Surfacing from retirement last weekend to make a rare televised appearance, former President Boris Yeltsin -- looking healthier and thinner than he has in years -- predicted the looming demise of the organization that had opposed his every move as president. The Communist Party, he said, is ""melting before our eyes.""

CEC Proposes Specific Dates for Next National Elections

The Central Elections Commission has proposed dates for the next parliamentary and presidential elections, among a series of measures meant to bring election law into line with other federal laws.

U.S. Slashes Prices for Student Visas

In a further step toward warming U.S.-Russia ties, the U.S. Embassy said Monday that it has slashed prices for Russian student visas from $495 to $65.

A Crash as Putin Sped to Work

A police car traveling at high speed in front of President Vladimir Putin's motorcade struck another car in downtown Moscow on Friday, instantly killing its civilian driver.

A Forum Argues Over Russia's Place

Experts gathering Thursday on the heels of three major international summits said the West's leading policymaking institutions must include Russia in a broad strategic framework if they want to successfully tackle the top global priority: terrorism.

Putin's Foreign Policy a Private Affair

Unlike with President Vladimir Putin's domestic policies, which are usually ascribed to one or another group of advisers within the corridors of power, the genesis of foreign policy is a murky affair.

Lebed Pushes for Siberian Regions to Merge

The ongoing battle between the autonomous Taimyr district and the Krasnoyarsk region to which it nominally belongs has flared up again, with regional leaders issuing proposals and counterproposals on how to define relations -- and split tax rubles -- between the two territories.

Tallying Putin's Midterm Results

President Vladimir Putin's term hit its halfway mark Tuesday, with politicians and pundits weighing in on the ups and downs of the unusually popular president's first two years in office.

CEC's Chief Backs Revamp of Gubernatorial Elections

Central Elections Commission chief Alexander Veshnyakov on Tuesday said he supports a plan that would revamp the way governors are elected, including allowing the president to appoint temporary governors in certain situations.

Deputies See Little New in U.S. Report

Legislators said Monday there was nothing essentially new in reports that the United States is preparing military contingency plans to use nuclear weapons in certain tactical situations against at least seven countries, including Russia.

Kokh Faces Legal Challenges Before Senate Confirmation

Alfred Kokh must still overcome some legal hurdles ahead of his confirmation in the Federation Council.

Agents Warned Listyev

Two former secret service agents have linked Boris Berezovsky to the 1995 murder of Vladislav Listyev.

FSB Says It's Building a Case of Its Own

While waiting for Boris Berezovsky to show his long-promised film in London, prosecutors in Moscow busied themselves Tuesday with rolling out allegations about the exiled tycoon's involvement with rebels in Chechnya.

Berezovsky Promises to Show Film in London

Exiled tycoon Boris Berezovsky has promised to show a documentary film in London on Tuesday that he says will provide evidence that a series of apartment building explosions in September 1999 was the work of the Federal Security Service.

Georgian Rebels Get New Support

Fallout from the announcement of U.S. plans to send troops to train military forces in Georgia took shape Thursday with a senior State Duma deputy saying the lower house may ask the government to recognize the independence of two separatist Georgian regions.

Tsar-Liberator's Legacy Evoked

The Union of Right Forces has spearheaded an initiative calling on President Vladimir Putin to officially mark the day Alexander II abolished serfdom 141 years ago. The anniversary falls on Sunday.