Articles by Andrei Malgin



Alexievich Gets the Solzhenitsyn Treatment

Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970 and his book "The Gulag Archipelago" was first published in the West in 1973.

Keeping Tabs on Moscow's Strategic Friendships

Despite the fact that Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday denied plans to establish a major Russian air base in that country, demonstrators had already begun protesting on the streets of Minsk.

Buying Russia's Risky Bonds

The Finance Ministry announced that it will soon reinstate the practice of issuing government bonds to the public.

What Is Putin's Game Plan in Syria?

According to a number of sources, Russia has increased its military presence in Syria. The international community has been debating why on earth Moscow would do such a thing and Russia continues to deny it.

Kremlin Doesn't Understand International Law

Whenever an appeal reaches President Vladimir Putin to spare someone getting crushed by Russia's repressive judicial machine, he always replies with the same, sardonic comment: "How could I influence the decision of the court? It is up to them to decide."

FSB Has Russia in a Choke Hold

Let's recall the events of these days 16 years ago. On Aug. 9, 1999, Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin acting head of the Russian government. On the same day, in a televised speech, Yeltsin named Putin as his successor.

Russian Society Is Increasingly Paranoid

A paranoid person harbors unhealthy suspicions and sees in random events conspiracies and intrigues against him by his enemies.

Putin Needs Another Victory in Ukraine

Ukrainian media raise the alarm every few days that the Russian army is about to attack and seize this or that town.

Kremlin in a Tizzy Over West's 'Russophobia'

The propaganda campaign by President Vladimir Putin's regime has convinced Russians that the West, and especially the United States, devotes a lot of thought to Russia. Why? Because the West is full of "Russophobes."

Kremlin Propaganda Leaves No Russian Behind

The Kremlin shelled out big money last week to host the so-called "World Congress of Russian Press" that brought together representatives of more than 500 Russian-language media outlets from 63 countries.

Russia Will Not Hand Over Its Children!

Last week President Vladimir Putin told participants in a business forum, "Today, as you know, they are already taking talented children to study abroad through various foundations Ч God grant them health.

It's Not the End for Russians and Ukrainians

I once took a hiatus from journalism to open a media-related business: a newspaper consisting entirely of classified ads.

Peas In a Pod: Putin's Russia and Mussolini's Italy

I have a copy of the Polish magazine "Wprost" with a cover photo of President Vladimir Putin wearing a Hitler-style mustache. And underneath, in large letters, the caption reads: "Adolf Putin." As a matter of fact, that comparison is becoming rather commonplace these days.

Russia Slips Back to Suffocating Stagnation

I spent the years of my youth in the latter part of former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev's rule Ч a period now called "the years of stagnation."

No More 'Extremist' Toys for Russian Children

Former Soviet leader Josef Stalin received an urgent message from the Soviet secret police, the NKVD, on March 15, 1935, reporting that the Balakirev button factory was churning out buttons with fascist symbols Ч that it had produced 120,000 bearing swastikas in the previous three months alone.

Putin's Love Affair With Europe's Far Right

It has long been customary for Kremlin spin doctors to claim that black is white and white is black Ч even when there is no apparent need to distort the truth.

Nemtsov Death Is Politkovskaya Part Two

Back in 2006, President Vladimir Putin learned of the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya while on a visit to Germany. He told German journalists at a news conference that Politkovskaya played no serious role in politics, and that her murder therefore did him more harm than good.

'MaiDOWN' Banners Show Inhumanity

A so-called "Anti-Maidan" march was held last weekend in the center of Moscow. It coincided with the anniversary of revolutionary events in Maidan Square in Kiev one year ago.

There Will Be No World War, Russia Is Alone

A recent report by the Atlantic Council think tank advocating the provision of lethal military assistance to Ukraine highlights the threat posed by Russia to neighboring states.

Russia Is Denying the Obvious in Ukraine

Everybody knows that so-called Novorossia in eastern Ukraine is awash with modern Russian weapons. Social networks publish photos and videos daily showing endless columns of military vehicles traversing the region.

Kremlin Troll Army Shows Russia Isn't Charlie Hebdo

Their Internet nickname is "trolls" and their job is to promote a particular ideology on social networks. From several investigations into their operations, journalists have discovered that entire "sweat shops" of these trolls work around the clock, churning out propaganda for the Kremlin.

On Which Side Are You, Masters of Culture?

The phrase, "On which side are you, masters of culture?" is well known in Russia as the title of an article Maxim Gorky published during the rule of Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

Russia's Propaganda Machine Goes Global

When I visited Italy six years ago, the country boasted six Russian-language newspapers. Now only one remains: La Nostra Gazzetta. In fact, that newspaper went out of business a year ago as well, promising readers at the time to refund their subscription fees.

The Slow Death of Russian Independent Media

Ominous storm clouds were gathering over the Ekho Moskvy radio station last week. That is serious because Russia only has one opposition-minded television channel, Dozhd, one such newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, one such weekly magazine, The New Times, and one such radio station, Ekho Moskvy.

Russia's State Media Get Away With Murder

Russia's media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, issued an official warning to radio station Ekho Moskvy last week. According to Russian law, if the station receives a second warning the authorities can shut it down.

Can Ukraine Get Crimea and the Donbass Back?

The annexation of Crimea was clearly illegal and contrary to international standards.

Russian Children Are Pawns in Kremlin's Game

When the U.S. passed its Magnitsky law in late 2012, barring entry to the U.S. for 60 Russian officials implicated in the prison death of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who reported a major corruption scam involving Russian government officials, President Vladimir Putin's administration immediately declared that it would retaliate with an "asymmetrical response."

Corruption Is the Backbone of Putin's Power

The Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper ran a major interview with Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Ivanov a few days ago. When asked about the corruption plaguing the highest echelons of power, without even batting an eye Ivanov replied: "The worst corruption is not among officials."

Ukrainian Refugees to Repopulate Siberia

Stalin loved to resettle entire populations, casually transporting huge numbers of people over great distances like cattle. For example, over just two weeks in 1944, 180 Soviet trains forcibly relocated nearly 500,000 Chechens from their homeland to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. As the train wagons hurtled along, 56 babies were born and 1,272 died.

The KGB and Me

I was lucky as a young man. Unlike my fellow college-age friends who were stuck behind the Iron Curtain, in 1977 I was given the opportunity at age 19 to study journalism for three years at the University of Warsaw as an exchange student.