As the recent spate of ship seizures show, tit-for-tat is the new normal.
For Leonid Bershidsky's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The Russian and Chinese regimes are doing something new: not escalating in the face of protest.
A marathon used to confer bragging rights if you managed to finish, but not so much now and that's hurting a $1.4 billion industry.
Matteo Salvini's League aside, parties hostile to the European integration project performed about the same as in 2014.
A Polish group is suing Facebook for "private censorship" in a potentially landmark case.
The Kremlin doesn't have the luxury of choosing allies: It has to go with adventurers and risk-takers
Leave it to European courts to decide whether to treat him as a spy or an investigative journalist.
The hard-rock group's controversial new song explores national identity by confronting painful history.
A new law outlaws some disposable products, but doesn't curb the EU's huge exports of waste.
White supremacists should finally receive the government attention they deserve