(Photo from Russian Presidential Press and Information Office)(Photo from Russian Presidential Press and Information Office)

Don’t tease the bear: Why we Russians love Putin more than ever

Vladimir Putin has been making plenty of headlines since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis last November — and never in a good light. Whenever a new crisis hits the news, from the Malaysia plane crash, to street battles in Odessa, to the controversial aid convoy this summer, it’s cited as another example of Russian aggression masterminded by Putin. And with President Obama’s UN […]
Oct 30, 2014
Crimean coastline. (Photo by Argenberg via Flickr)

Seattle views on Crimea, Ukraine and Russia

Given the breakneck speed of developments in Russia and Ukraine, keeping track of the news - and sorting out fact from fiction - can be challenging.
Mar 18, 2014
Mountains near Sochi. (Photo by CosmoDreamer via Flickr)

Was Sochi the original Crimea?

Now that the glimmer of gold medals in Sochi has faded, we take a step back and examine what we didn't—but should have—learned about Sochi and Russia during the Winter Olympics.
Mar 14, 2014
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Forget Mad Men, Ukrainian youth are crazy for the Soviet 60s

A crescent of twinkling lights and the blown-out mouth of a comic book style submarine cave are the last I see of Balaklava before we fly off the side of the road. We’re in Crimea, a little semi-island to the south of Ukraine and the east of Russia. Most Americans my age would know this […]
Aug 30, 2012