Semi-authoritarian regimes don't fully control the people's behavior and Russia's media is stirring more anger than outsiders may expect.
For Nina L. Khrushcheva's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Donald Trump has dragged everyone —including Vladimir Putin — into his reality-TV world in which sensation, exaggeration and misinformation all serve his only true goal: to be the center of attention.
Those governments reviving the old and effective tactic of kidnapping to silence opponents may yet regret their decision.
The strongman's approval rating is dropping as Russians worry more about their futures.
What is it about authoritarians that leads them so consistently down the rabbit hole of charlatanism and conspiracy theory?
The behavior of some Western leaders is making Russia and China seem reasonable.
With the nomination of Alexei Kudrin to the government's central budgeting body, Putin's long-term plan for preserving his power and legacy seems to be taking shape.
America's madman doctrine is back with a vengeance, but this time it's far less clear if it's merely an act.
The U.S. has stepped into a gaping power vacuum in the Middle East.
Putin sees the Paris terrorist attacks as an opening for Russia to improve its ties with the West, and he wants to take advantage of it. The West should not shut him out.