Leonid Bershidsky

For Leonid Bershidsky's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Mar 6, 2015

Little Estonia did its post-Soviet homework

There aren't many European leaders who take a harder line on Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression in Ukraine than Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. But Ilves' sympathy for Ukraine is tempered by his belief that it didn't do enough in advance to protect itself.

Mar 4, 2015

No, Obama, Russia's economy isn't in tatters

It's time to bury the expectation that Russia's economy will fall apart under pressure from falling oil prices and Western sanctions, and that Russians, angered by a drop in their living standards, will rise up and sweep President Vladimir Putin out of office.

Mar 2, 2015

The Russia that died with Nemtsov

Boris Nemtsov knew he was in danger. His name was on every list of "traitors" — those who protested against the annexation of Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine — aired on state TV.

How the West's policies are losing Ukraine

Feb 6, 2015

How the West's policies are losing Ukraine

Ukrainians fighting against eastern separatists and Russian forces are bitter about all the supportive Western rhetoric not materializing into weapons and reinforcements. The long-game strategies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama could yet give rise to an anti-Western backlash.