Leonid Bershidsky

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

Sweden, Germany stand up to Saudi Arabia

Mar 13, 2015

Sweden, Germany stand up to Saudi Arabia

Americans often criticize Europe for its lack of principle on foreign policy, but Sweden and German, at least, show that they stand up for their values with regard to military cooperation and arms exports — even to their countries' economic detriment.

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.