Elizabeth Piper

For Elizabeth Piper's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Putin's daughter and Russia's second-generation elite

World Nov 12, 2015

Putin's daughter and Russia's second-generation elite

Since Vladimir Putin began cementing his grip on Russia in the 1990s, many of his friends have grown famously rich. Not so the president himself, say his supporters, who insist Putin is above the money grab that has marked his reign. His public financial disclosures ...

World Jan 28, 2015

Putin could lose key support from pensioners hurt by Russian crisis

For Boris Lisitsyn, Russia's financial crisis means less meat, cheese and sausage — hardships the 86-year-old says won't kill him anytime soon. But for him and the millions of pensioners who make up about a third of Russia's population, rising prices are also spurring anger ...

Putin takes on West over Ukraine: Who blinks first?

World / Politics | ANALYSIS Mar 3, 2014

Putin takes on West over Ukraine: Who blinks first?

Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken a gamble on Ukraine and is betting that U.S. leader Barack Obama will blink first. Wounded by a personal political defeat in a battle for influence over Russia's Slavic neighbor, Putin is fighting back, and presenting the crisis as ...