Vladimir Isachenkov

For Vladimir Isachenkov's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Mar 8, 2016

From calm to chaos: A reporter's escorted visit to Syria

At first glance, the Mediterranean port of Latakia doesn’t look like a city at war. Its streets are jammed with traffic, stylish women chat under palm trees, and idyllic orange groves stretch for kilometers. But the signs become apparent on closer inspection: a man ...

Putin triumphed in '13, yet challenges loom

| Jan 2, 2014

Putin triumphed in '13, yet challenges loom

Displaying the killer instincts of a chess grandmaster, Vladimir Putin rang out 2013 with an exceptional list of accomplishments. The Russian president humiliated the United States by sheltering NSA leaker Edward Snowden, brokered a Syrian chemical weapons deal that averted a seemingly inevitable U.S. ...

Sochi security raises fears over rights

Nov 17, 2013

Sochi security raises fears over rights

The organizers of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi have introduced some of the most extensive identity checks and sweeping security measures ever seen at an international sports event, raising concerns that they are stifling dissent and violating privacy under the pretext of fulfilling ...