It would be reasonable to assume that Putin is weighing some kind of sudden onslaught scenario in case his "red line” in relation to Ukraine is crossed.
For Leonid Bershidsky's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Only three Russians made the ICIJ’s list of 50 "power players,” deemed by the investigators to be the Pandora Papers’ most prominent persons in the eyes of the international audience.
In modern society, the legal concept of a reasonable expectation of privacy is increasingly meaningless.
Now that a peer-reviewed article in The Lancet has established Sputnik as safe and effective, the initial failure of many countries to believe in it looks like a missed opportunity.
Russians appreciate and respect power plays. Both Navalny and Putin know it. And for both, a lot is at stake.
Authoritarians these days have to pay lip service to freedom of speech; what the social media platforms have done takes that concern out of the equation.
Not acting forcefully on ageism will increasingly carry a heavy cost for politicians.
The Russian leader has come up with a constitutional reform that gives him three paths to indefinite rule.
Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of Russia's overseas propaganda channel, RT, had a telling reaction to Iran's admission that its Revolutionary Guards Corps had accidentally shot down a Ukrainian civilian airliner last week. "There are two schools of thought on how a big country that demands respect ...
Russia's leader believes the narrative is shifting in ways that make the Soviet Union a villain.