Articles by Yevgeny Kiselyov



Putin Divides Allies at Normandy

Putin's reception by EU leaders at Normandy indicates a policy schism between the U.S and Europe, when in fact the West should have long ago united against him, writes Yevgeny Kiselyov.

Putin's Shrewd Endorsement of Tymoshenko

Moscow sees in Tymoshenko an opportunity to restore the status quo.

Why Yanukovych Is Scared

Protesters are becoming more extreme and unwilling to reach any compromise with Yanukovych. This could lead to a worst-case scenario in which Ukraine is divided into two separate nations.

Khodorkovsky Free at Last

It is unlikely that Putin pardoned Khodorkovsky just to improve his image. After all, he has always placed domestic political goals above his global reputation.

Putin's Pyrrhic Victory in Ukraine

Putin thought he had won by snatching the "Ukrainian prize" away from the EU. But his victory is becoming more Pyrrhic with each passing day.

The Berezovsky Who I Knew

Berezovsky was an intellectual with a keen sense of taste and manners who attracted women of all ages.

Russia Will Be Downgraded on U.S. Priority List

In his second inaugural address on Jan. 21, U.S. President Barack Obama said, "We will support democracy from Asia to Africa, from the Americas to the Middle East." Hearing this, I drew lines between those points on a map and saw that the territory mentioned did not include Russia.

'Intelligentsia' Has Become a Bad Word in Russia

There is a famous story about a senior Soviet official charged with monitoring Soviet writers' loyalty to communism and the Soviet state. The official complained to his boss, Josef Stalin, saying: "Those writers are an impossible lot. All they do is drink, engage in debauchery and squabble among themselves." Stalin shot back: "I don't have any other writers to offer you. You'll just have to work with them."

Yanukovych's Gamble Could Backfire

The trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is approaching its final stages in Kiev. Amazingly, just 18 months ago, Tymoshenko was only a few percentage points away from winning the presidential election, and today the leader of Ukraine's largest opposition party, Fatherland, is sitting behind bars in pretrial detention.

How I Remember the Putsch

Aug. 19, 1991, is probably one of the few days of my life that I will always remember down to the smallest detail. I was an anchor at "Vesti" news, and at 6 a.m. my editor woke me with a phone call. "Get up and turn on the television!" he shouted. "A military coup is under way!"

The Seizure of NTV 10 Years On

How can I explain to today's journalism students that Russia once had independent television? Accustomed to watching today's NTV and the other government-controlled channels, how can those students even begin to imagine that Russia really had a private television network that didn't maintain a "blacklist" to keep opposition members off the air, and didn't take orders from the Kremlin on what to show or not to show?

Putins Latest 'Corporate Takeover'

Most of the commentary regarding the firing of Yury Luzhkov can be summed up as, The jackals have eaten one of their own. Unfortunately, that conclusion is based on a large misconception.

Blowing Through the Smoke of 2012

When Vladimir Putin took the co-pilots seat in an emergency aircraft and doused two fires, with the footage shown on Kremlin-controlled television, the stunt revealed a total lack of tact. Yet if presidential elections were held this weekend, Putin would win hands-down.

Russia's Never-Ending Theater of the Absurd

Unlike the old and senile Leonid Brezhnev, todays Russian leaders are youthful, athletic and energetic, but their certainty that their hold on power will continue until they die could sink the country into the same swamp of Brezhnev's stagnation.

A New Lease on a Fleet and a New Lease on Life

With the gas-for-base deal, there are various reasons for the generous terms offered by Russia, and one is that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is playing a tricky political game.

Trading Squabbles for Salo

In Brussels, Viktor Yanukovych shook off his anti-West label. In Moscow, his task was to improve relations with Russia.

From Moscows Pope to Moscows Puppet

By attending Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirills prayer service in Kiev, newly elected President Viktor Yanukovych provoked accusations that he ran to the Moscow pope.

The Yanukovych Wild Card

Is Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovychs tough stance against Moscow just empty words, or does he mean what he says?

President Yanukovychs Dilemma

As president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych could not wholly embrace Russia because of Ukraine's dependence on the West for investment.

The Last Great Reformer

There are no great reformers like Yegor Gaidar left in Russia; instead, the elite is dominated by status quo bureaucrats.

The Wall That Changed Modern History

Even the most seemingly trivial factor can spark a historical event.

Ukraines High Stakes

Many people who are personally acquainted with Yulia Tymoshenko are convinced that if she wins the elections, she will try to establish an authoritarian regime along the lines of the one built by Vladimir Putin.

Medvedevs Strange Gift to Yushchenko

There is an old Russian anecdote that would shock most people in the West, but it reflects the mores here all too well.

Not Much to Celebrate After 10 Years of Putin

Russians love to celebrate anniversaries, especially jubilee anniversaries that is, those that are marked by round numbers (10 years, 20 years, 30 years, etc.)

From Brezhnev to Medvedev

Depite the much-discussed diplomatic blunder four months ago, when U.S. Secretary Hillary Clinton gave Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov a red button with the word peregruzka (overload) instead of perezagruzka (reset), both Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev are sincerely interested in resetting U.S.-Russian relations.

When Interpreting History Becomes a Crime

I would be fascinated to know if Westerners can fully appreciate the political significance behind President Dmitry Medvedev's decision to create a special commission ""for counteracting attempts to falsify history to the detriment of Russia's interests.""

Dreaming of Modernization and Innovation

After British writer H.G. Wells met Vladimir Lenin in the Kremlin in 1920, he described the visit in his book ""Russia in the Shadows.""

Yukos Could Bankrupt the Kremlin's Reputation

Nearly two months have passed since a second round of charges was brought against former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

The Great Gogol Is Alive and Relevant at 200

Wednesday was the 200th anniversary of Nikolai Gogol's birth. One hundred fifty-seven years have passed since his death.

Medvedev's Sakharov

The authorities initiated new legal actions against former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Tuesday.