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Leonid Bershidsky

Leonid Bershidsky

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The US Can’t Bring Russia ‘to its Knees’

The US’s sanctions policy against Russia is evolving from trying to nudge the Kremlin in a desired d

Anti-Dollar Mavericks Can’t Win Just Yet

The dismal performance of the Turkish lira (down 38 percent to the US dollar so far this year) and t

Death, Diamonds and Russia’s Africa Project

The murder of three Russian journalists last week in a remote area of the Central African Republic,

On Brexit, What the EU Tells You 10 Times Is True

When she started learning to play chess, my younger daughter was aghast that the pieces couldn't alw

Iran Faces the Consequences of Snubbing Trump

Trump’s latest tweet telling Iran it would suffer “consequences the likes of which few throughout hi

Merkel’s Bavarian Frenemy Is Losing Face and Votes

It was just weeks ago that German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who is also leader of Bavaria’s

Putin Gets a Reminder to Turn His Attention Back Home

Something strange is going on in Russia: The usually government-friendly polls are registering a sig

How Will Helsinki Summit End?

When President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16, some Americans w

What the Best World Cup Teams Say About Immigration

Three of the four national teams in the World Cup semifinals — France, Belgium and England — are, on

Russians Love Being Victorious Underdogs

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who came out of detention on the day the soccer World Cu

Merkel Engineers a Better Deal on Migration

For all the premature political obituaries, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has not lost her ability

How Facebook and Google Dodge EU Data Rules

It’s becoming standard practice for U.S.

Europe’s Patchwork Migration Solution Is Coming Together

If Sunday’s mini-summit of 16 European Union leaders, dedicated to migration, didn’t yield any immed

Video Replay for Refs Is Making the World Cup Better

2018 Soccer can be annoying, especially to those who watch only the big tournaments.

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