Articles by Christopher Walker

Why Autocrats Love FIFA

President Vladimir Putin's impassioned defense of FIFA and its once-defiant leader is a reminder of the strong link between autocrats and high-level international sports.

Russia's International Media Poisons Minds

At a time when Russia's image in Europe and the U.S. has sunk to extreme lows, the Kremlin has announced dramatic new plans to increase spending on foreign propaganda.

Why All Autocracies Need State-Run Media

Despite the Internet, the Kremlin is finding new ways to use its media to stay in power.

A Mideast Model in Russia's Cards?

Corruption, something never far from thought in Russia, recently has been attracting even more attention than usual. Senior Russian officials, including President Dmitry Medvedev, foreign politicians such as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, and Russian opposition figures have made the issue a point of special focus.

Razing Russia's 4th Estate

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated May 3 as World Press Freedom Day in order ""to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom."" But in Russia, there is little to celebrate.

Democracy's Facade

One could have hoped that Anna Politkovskaya's brutal murder and the international condemnation that followed would have set Russia's besieged press environment on a different course.