Also by Steve Gutterman
December 01, 2023
The Week In Russia: A 'Monstrous' Sign Of The Times
Years after her murder, a pardon for one of the men convicted of involvement in Anna Politkovskaya's killing is pardoned in exchange for fighting in Ukraine. The Supreme Court declares the LGBT "movement" extremist, essentially outlawing gay rights activism, and Russia's war in Ukraine grinds on.
October 20, 2023
The Week In Russia: 'An Arsonist For A Firefighter'
A trip to China, an eye on the Middle East -- and for Russia, a continued focus on the war in Ukraine, where its forces struggle on the battlefield and Kyiv uses newly delivered Western weapons. And 20 months into the full-scale invasion, the Kremlin's clampdown at home continues.
September 22, 2023
The Week In Russia: Limited Leverage In The 'Near Abroad'
Dramatic developments in the South Caucasus underline the limits to Moscow’s clout in regions it still seeks to dominate, as does Russia’s war on Ukraine. At home, the clampdown on dissent continues with the trial of an advocate of human rights and historical truth.
August 25, 2023
The Week In Russia: 'Force And Fear' And A Fiery Crash
Signs of the times: The Sakharov Center is shut, suspicions settle on the Kremlin as Wagner mercenary group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin is presumed dead in a plane crash, and Ukraine celebrates the independence it is guarding from relentless Russian attacks.
August 24, 2023
The List Is Long: Russians Who Have Died After Running Afoul Of The Kremlin
The list of influential Russians who have been killed or died under murky circumstances after opposing, criticizing, or crossing Putin, the Kremlin, or the state is long. If his death is confirmed, a new addition will be Yevgeny Prigozhin, whose mutiny made a president portrayed as strong look weak.
August 18, 2023
The Week In Russia: The Dramatic Pace Of Regress
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has killed more than 500 children -- possibly many more. A Kremlin foe, sentenced to 25 years in prison on a treason conviction after criticizing Putin and the war, draws parallels with the Stalin-era persecution of Russians branded “enemies of the people.”
August 04, 2023
The Week In Russia: Off-Ramps And Obsessions
Putin says he’s not against negotiations for peace in Ukraine. Analysts say that, despite setbacks in the more than 17 months since he launched Russia’s large-scale invasion, he is still bent on “destroying and subordinating” that country and determined to “redraw the world map.”
July 28, 2023
The Week In Russia: Mud, Blood, And An 'Empire Of Spite'
Scuttling a deal that helped feed the hungry, Russia attacks Odesa and a Ukrainian port 200 meters from NATO territory. President Vladimir Putin mixes threats against Poland with twisted history. Aleksei Navalny, already imprisoned, faces a verdict that could hand him two more decades behind bars.
July 14, 2023
The Week In Russia: Rebellion, Alliance, And War
A "traitor" is welcomed to the Kremlin and a Russian field commander lashes out, echoing the invective that preceded the Wagner mutiny last month. Meanwhile, NATO pledges staunch support for Ukraine but won't say when it can join. And after more than 500 days, Russia's invasion raged on.
June 30, 2023
The Week In Russia: Rebellion, Repression, Weakness, And War
In the wake of the Wagner mutiny, President Vladimir Putin looks vulnerable, but the consequences of the short-lived revolt are far less clear than its causes. And while the political landscape may have shifted, Russia's war on Ukraine and repression at home continue unabated.
June 24, 2023
Prigozhin's 'Mutiny' And The Challenge To Putin
Wagner mercenary group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin took pains to emphasize his rebellious actions are “not a military coup” and that President Vladimir Putin is not his target. But few possible outcomes bode well for Putin, and this challenge to his regime is a result of his own methods and actions.
June 09, 2023
The Week In Russia: Flood, Fire, And A 'Travesty Of Justice'
The destruction of a massive Dnieper River dam in occupied territory adds another line to the list of calamities unleashed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Moscow’s propaganda machine lets a trial balloon fly amid signs Kyiv’s counteroffensive has begun, while the clampdown continues at home.
June 02, 2023
The Week In Russia: Drone Wars
An apparent drone attack on Moscow fits President Vladimir Putin’s narrative about Russia’s war on Ukraine. But more than 15 months into what was meant to be a "special operation" to swiftly subjugate the neighboring nation, it’s still another piece of bad news for the Kremlin.
May 19, 2023
The Week In Russia: At Daggers Drawn
Russia tries hypersonic missile attacks in Ukraine and treason accusations at home. And in the battle for Bakhmut, the "culture of mutual suspicion, cannibalistic competition, and opportunistic self-interest" President Vladimir Putin has created to maintain power is backfiring, an analyst says.
April 28, 2023
The Week In Russia: Putin's 'Snarling Revanche'
Russian President Vladimir Putin decided on the large-scale invasion of Ukraine about a year before he launched it in late February 2022, and his main motives were personal, an investigative report released at a potentially crucial juncture in the devastating war concludes.