The Moscow subway. (Photo from Flickr by Stefan Schlautmann)

Putin’s Orphans: Reasons to fear a dark turn in Russia

A late night encounter on the Moscow subway hints at a rising tide of hate in Russia.
Jan 1, 2017

Obama expels Russian diplomats for interference in U.S. election

Russian Foreign Ministry says sanctions will hurt restoration of ties. Moscow denies the allegations of hacking.
Dec 29, 2016

Pussy Riot speaks: Russian punk protest artists in Seattle for talk, film

Maria Alyokhina and Ksenia Zhivago of Russian punk protest collective Pussy Riot will speak and present the documentary "Pussy vs. Putin" in Seattle Feb. 8.
Feb 3, 2016
(Photo by Kseniya Sovenko)

Ukrainian transplants find unity in crisis

In the face of Russian aggression, local Ukrainians are embracing their heritage.
Oct 30, 2014

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
LGBT Activists at a September 2012 anti-Putin rally in Moscow. Photo by Sarah Stuteville.

I may hate Russia’s law, but I can’t hate Russia

What's a Russophile to do about Vladimir V. Putin's homophobic policies?
Feb 19, 2014
LGBT Activists at a September 2012 anti-Putin rally in Moscow. Photo by Sarah Stuteville.

Seattle to rally in support of Russia’s LGBT Community

Tonight Seattle joins a growing group of cities hosting rallies in support of Russia’s LGBT community.
Aug 2, 2013
Memes mocking Russian President Vladimir Putin, like this one on a sign in Moscow, are reminiscent of parodies of US politicians. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

Pussy Riot, Putin and Romney: Seattle musicians rally for Russian punk band

The music is defiant, the bartenders studiously inattentive and the balaclavas sequined. If it weren’t for the smell of grilled onions wafting in from the hotdog stand outside and the cold beer (instead of warm vodka) I could still be in Moscow. But I’m at the Comet on Capitol Hill watching Corina Bakker of The […]
Oct 5, 2012