Articles by Andrei Piontkovsky

Putin Fears Democracy in Ukraine

Three months after protesters toppled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his government, unleashing a wave of unrest and chaos, the country has elected a new president.

The 4 Stages of Putinism

In a mere 13 years, Putin's regime passed through all of the stages of Soviet history, becoming a vulgar parody of each.

From Protest to Nausea

The history of successive authoritarian regimes in Russia reveals a recurring pattern: They do not die from external blows or domestic insurgencies.

The Caucasus Dark Circle

The Russian authorities have recently begun showing off the massive security measures being implemented ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. They have good reason to be worried — and not only for the safety of athletes and spectators.

Putinism May Be Fading

There is a growing realization that the Putin jig is nearly up, and that it is time to look after oneself.

Putin's Payroll

Former German Chancellor Gerhard SchrЪder is a legend in Russia. He serves Gazprom's interests for a measly couple of million euros a year, sits in at sessions of the Russian Academy of Sciences and writes books about his staunch friendship with ""Genosse Wladimir,"" who, in the not-so-distant past, earned himself the well-deserved nickname of ""Stasi"" among business circles in gangster-ridden St. Petersburg.

Georgia Splits the Kremlin

To Our Readers The Moscow Times welcomes letters to the editor. Letters for publication should be signed and bear the signatory's address and telephone number. Letters to the editor should be sent by fax to (7-495) 232-6529, by e-mail to, or by post. The Moscow Times reserves the right to edit letters. Email the Opinion Page Editor The Georgia crisis revealed a new strategic force in the Kremlin that opposes both Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev. We still cannot name its players, but we are aware of its interests and impact on events in the same way that astronomers discern a new but invisible planet by recording its impact on known and visible objects in space. One after another, loyal Kremlin pundits have appeared on television and radio to denounce ""provokers,"" whom they dare not name, for ""planning the incursion of Russian troops all the way to Tbilisi and the establishment there of a pro-Russian government."" The line in the sand that U.S. President George W.

Why the Kremlin Is So Scared of Ukraine

Russia and the West are losing each other yet again. The magnetic attraction and repulsion between the two has been going on for centuries. Indeed, historians have counted as many as 25 of these cycles since the reign of Tsar Ivan III.

Birds of a Feather

In the latest interview given by former security services officer Andrei Lugovoi, whose extradition on suspicion of murder is being sought by Britain, there was a remarkable moment that doesn't seem to have been fully appreciated.

An Energized Assertiveness

In the early summer of 2006, Russia's political class is in a euphoric state of extreme self-satisfaction.

At the Edge of the Middle Kingdom

The Holy Alliance formed in 1815 by the emperors of Russia and Austria and the king of Prussia was an attempt to protect the existing social order in Europe from the ""orange"" plague of the day, bourgeois revolution.

Paving Way for a Presidential Coup d'Etat

President Vladimir Putin's speech on Monday, at an expanded government session involving the heads of Russia's 89 regions, was morally blasphemous, legally illiterate and politically devastating.

The Populist Approach

Ever since the start of the second Chechen war, the Russian leadership, and President Vladimir Putin in particular, have been terribly fond of saying that we are waging war against international terrorism in Chechnya.

Putin in Gorki

When Lenin, ailing and paralyzed, was confined to his Gorki residence, his party comrades printed a special edition of Pravda for him every day, with a print run of one.

Russia Must Be True to Its Words in Chechnya

As he flew in a helicopter last month over Grozny, reduced to rubble by Russian airstrikes and artillery during 10 years of war, President Vladimir Putin noted gloomily that the city was in terrible shape.

Flogging a Worn-Out Nag

The myth of a struggle between so-called liberals and siloviki within the presidential administration has proven surprisingly durable.

Putin by Any Other Name

Vladimir Putin's rise to the throne came about thanks largely to fortuitous circumstances.

Putin's Blind Alley

Russia's second war in Chechnya transformed a virtually unknown colonel, Vladimir Putin, into the country's president and a national hero.

Putin's Blind Alley

Russia's second war in Chechnya transformed a virtually unknown colonel, Vladimir Putin, into the country's president and a national hero.

The Year of Putinism's Wretched Triumph

In 2004, Russia's newest political ideology -- Putinism -- will flourish, reaching new heights of success.

Neo-Cons and Neo-Cheks

It has become increasingly difficult for Moscow and Washington to keep up the pretense that they are strategic partners in the global battle with ""international terrorism.""

Putin Is Our Everything

President Vladimir Putin has of late been saying a lot of the right things about the defects of the system of oligarchic capitalism.

The Second Putin Republic

Those who brought us 'managed democracy' thought they would be the ones doing the managing indefinitely.

The President and the Oligarch

An oligarch is not simply a very rich person. Oligarchy is the binary relationship between business and the authorities.

Who Is in the Minority?

What really matters in the political life of the country has nothing to do with ""virtual electoral passions"" and everything to do with the conflicts raging within the executive branch. Our Whigs and Tories do not do battle in parliament but behind the scenes in the Kremlin.

Voting No Confidence in What?

On Wednesday, the State Duma is scheduled to consider a motion of no confidence in the government of Mikhail Kasyanov. Raising such a question is entirely natural, and moreover, is a necessary step to preserve the political face of our parliamentary system.

Power and Anti-Power

Every four years Russia's powers-that-be must turn to the voters and talk all about how bad they've been.

The Elite Is Not Up to the Job

The Iraq crisis proved to be a serious ordeal for Russia's foreign policy establishment, and a number of its mistakes and miscalculations are all too evident.

A Fearful Silence

Fear is tightening its grip on the capital. People still talk in whispers on street corners and in their homes, but they're already afraid to ask questions, even the most obvious.

Life and Death of United Russia

A decade of quasi-democracy in Russia has produced a number of unwritten, but strictly observed, rules of the political game. One of the most important is that the party of power is disposable.