Russia and China now appear increasingly isolated on the world stage and the question now is whether they have gone too far.
For Nina L. Khrushcheva's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Engaging a far superior strategist in his drive against the West may be a gamble that Putin — and Russia — soon regret.
Russian and Chinese firms are increasingly bringing pressure to bear on policymaking.
Semi-authoritarian regimes don't fully control the people's behavior and Russia's media is stirring more anger than outsiders may expect.
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.