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Russia wins on Ukraine, but neighbors wary

World / Politics | ANALYSIS Nov 29, 2013

Russia wins on Ukraine, but neighbors wary

Russia's success in getting Ukraine to pull back at the last minute from signing an agreement with the European Union obscures a deeper trend: Moscow's relations with its neighbors have been on a downward slope for several years, and they show no signs of ...

Tens of thousands rally in Kiev for closer EU ties

World Nov 24, 2013

Tens of thousands rally in Kiev for closer EU ties

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through central Kiev on Sunday to demand that the Ukrainian government reverse course and sign a landmark agreement with the European Union in defiance of Russia. The protest was the biggest Ukraine has seen since the peaceful 2004 Orange ...

Russian nationalism stokes ethnic strife

World / Social Issues | FOCUS Nov 12, 2013

Russian nationalism stokes ethnic strife

When Russians celebrated the Day of National Unity last week, marchers waving imperial flags and shouting racist slogans paraded through cities across the country while ethnic minority citizens and migrants from the former Soviet Union stayed out of sight, better to avoid a beating. Russians ...

Editorials Oct 23, 2013

Territorial talks with Russia

Japan needs to develop a long-term strategy for maximizing its leverage with Russia as negotiations on resolving the Northern Territories sovereignty issue appear set to resume.

Russia eyeing NSA-like surveillance

World | FOCUS Oct 22, 2013

Russia eyeing NSA-like surveillance

Less than three months after granting asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, Russia is preparing to implement the kind of electronic surveillance that Snowden uncovered in the U.S. The Communications Ministry and the KGB's successor, the Federal Counterintelligence Service or FSB, have drafted ...

Abe, Putin hold chat on APEC sidelines

National / Politics Oct 7, 2013

Abe, Putin hold chat on APEC sidelines

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin met Monday in Indonesia on the sidelines of a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum to apparently discuss a range of issues, including a bilateral territorial dispute. The talks in Bali are the fourth direct ...

Politics and pride drive Putin's anti-U.S. shift

World / Politics Sep 29, 2013

Politics and pride drive Putin's anti-U.S. shift

by Kathy Lally

First, Vladimir Putin accused Hillary Rodham Clinton of inciting protests against him at the end of 2011. The next fall, the Russian president threw the U.S. Agency for International Development out of his country. Then he decided civic groups that get U.S. financing must ...

Editorials Aug 27, 2013

Improving relations with Russia

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Vladimir Putin will meet on the fringe of the Group of 20 leaders summit next week in Saint Petersburg to discuss mutual trust.