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For Nina Khrushcheva's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Dec 16, 2013

Putin's display of a Peronist persona

After nearly 14 years in power, perhaps the best comparative description of Russian President Vladimir Putin may be a transgender cross between the former Argentine leader Juan Peron and his legendary wife, Evita

Jun 4, 2012

Final ride for the Putin showboat?

Vladimir Putin’s new presidential term is just beginning, but it increasingly looks like the beginning of the end. Whenever Russia’s people pour into the streets en masse, as they currently are doing, from that point on things never work out well for the authorities. ...

Oct 5, 2011

Reformer for the delusional

The only vote that matters in Russia’s 2012 presidential election is now in, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has cast it for himself. He will be returning as Russia’s president next year. When the news broke — together with the lesser news that the ...

Oct 3, 2010

The resistance to Russia's political order

MOSCOW — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s decision to fire Moscow’s long-entrenched mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, is the most decisive move of his presidency. Is it really part of his drive to modernize Russia, or part of an emerging power play with Moscow’s real strong man, ...

Apr 16, 2010

Cruelty of chance deals Poland another blow

MOSCOW — In Russia, somewhere behind every event lurks the question: Who is to blame? In the tragedy that claimed the lives of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other Polish leaders, we can answer that question with certainty in at least one respect: ...

Feb 5, 2010

Sunday's stakes in Ukraine

MOSCOW — “A pox on both your houses” may be an appropriate individual response to frustration with the political candidates on offer in an election. But it is a dangerous sentiment for governments to hold. Choice is the essence of governance, and to abstain ...

Aug 2, 2009

Two funerals plus the legacy of Khrushchev

NEW YORK — My great-grandfather, Nikita Khrushchev, has been on my mind recently. I suppose it was the 50th anniversary of the “kitchen debate,” which he held with Richard Nixon that first triggered my memories. But the funeral the week before last in Budapest ...

Aug 10, 2008

Russia's convertible icon

MOSCOW — Prophets, it is said, are supposed to be without honor in their homeland. Yet Moscow has just witnessed the extraordinary sight of Alexander Solzhenitsyn — the dissident and once-exiled author of the “Gulag Archipelago” and “One Day in the Life of Ivan ...

Oct 8, 2007

No graceful exit for Russia's Grand Putin

VIENNA — For those who still wondered who Vladimir Putin is, the mystery is over. His latest actions show that he is Russia’s new autocrat. He is a czar, pure and simple. The seven years since Putin assumed power in the Kremlin have been ...

Jun 5, 2007

Mirror images of arrogance

NEW YORK — This week’s summit of the major Group of Eight nations will probably be the last such meeting for U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Seven years ago, at their first meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Bush looked into ...