Articles by Dmitry Shlapentokh

Giraffe 'Marius' as the Model Dissident

Choosing animals as dissidents could open a most exciting and promising era in world politics.

Russia’s Renegade Puppet

The Kremlin’s Kadyrov policy resulted in something that it had sought to prevent in two wars: Chechen independence.

No Love Lost in Beijing

Second honeymoons rarely, if ever, recapture the zest of lost love. Yet ever since the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991, Russia and China have sought to rekindle the close relations that once supposedly existed between the two countries before Nikita Khrushchev's denunciation of Stalin in 1956.

Remaking History in a Kiev Museum

Constructing a new national identity often requires a new vision of the past. In Ukraine, this phenomenon can be seen in several of Kiev's museums.

Protection, Central Asian Style

Recent deals between President Vladimir Putin and the heads of Central Asian states have secured Russia a role in the delivery of some, if not all, natural gas from these former Soviet republics to Europe.

Russia's Identity Crisis