Also by Steve Gutterman
December 02, 2022
The Week In Russia: Untimely Death In Ukraine
As the cold bears down and Russia’s onslaught against Ukraine persists, President Vladimir Putin tries to justify the untimely deaths of Russian soldiers -- but has no words for the Ukrainians his war has killed. A prominent opposition politician goes on trial, and Americans remain behind bars.
November 18, 2022
The Week In Russia: The Sledgehammer War
A deadly missile blast in Poland raises fears of escalation – but also shines a spotlight on the barriers to a broader war. Guilty verdicts in the MH17 trial are grim reminders that Russia’s war on Ukraine began long ago. And a gruesome video serves as a disturbing sign of where Russia is today.
November 04, 2022
The Week In Russia: Crimes Of The Past And The Present
Russia backs down on grain-deal standoff. Putin delivers remarks meant to “recruit,” “confuse,” and create “room for maneuver” amid setbacks in the war on Ukraine. Muted gatherings honoring the victims of Stalin and the Soviet state are an unsurprising sign of the times.
October 07, 2022
The Week In Russia: Putin's 'Disastrous Gamble'
Russia moved to seize four more regions of Ukraine, but battlefield setbacks pose a major challenge to the land grab and have led to an unpopular mobilization drive, prompting many young men and others to flee abroad. As President Vladimir Putin turns 70, are he and the country at a turning point?
September 23, 2022
The Week In Russia: Desperate Times, Desperate Measures?
Faced with more military setbacks in Ukraine, Russia seeks to rope in four regions by staging referendums widely denounced as a sham, and President Vladimir Putin decrees a “partial” mobilization in a bid to bolster the ranks of his struggling forces. Will that move backfire at home?
September 09, 2022
The Week In Russia: Freedom And Its Betrayal
Moscow's war on Ukraine and developments in Russia underscore the erosion of Mikhail Gorbachev's legacy. Aleksei Navalny comes under more pressure in prison, a former reporter is handed a 22-year sentence, and the newspaper Gorbachev helped create is targeted -- again and again -- by the state.
August 31, 2022
A Legacy Overturned: Memories Of The Gorbachev Years And After
More than 30 years after he stepped down and the U.S.S.R. ceased to exist, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is gone, too, dead at age 91. An American recalls the last years of Gorbachev’s rule -- and the warnings that Vladimir Putin failed to heed.
August 26, 2022
The Week In Russia: Sovereignty And Suffering
Six months after the February 24 invasion, a deadly rocket attack on Independence Day throws the horror of Russia’s war on Ukraine into stark relief -- again. A pair of car bombings underscores the vulnerabilities of the state that’s on the offensive, and the clampdown sweeping Russia continues.
August 12, 2022
The Week In Russia: Prisoners Of War
As Moscow’s use of unprovoked force grinds on 24 weeks after the invasion turned a simmering conflict in the Donbas into a full-scale war that has killed tens of thousands of people, another of Putin’s go-to foreign and domestic policy tools came into the spotlight this month: the trial.
July 29, 2022
The Week In Russia: The Geography Of Abuse
With Russian forces seeking to cement their control and Kyiv fighting to take back its territory, the fate of a swath of southern Ukraine remains uncertain. But one thing is clear: As in the north and east, accounts of torture, rape, and other atrocities are emerging in the south.
July 15, 2022
The Week In Russia: Civilian Deaths And 'A New, Dark Page Of Repression'
Civilian casualties mount as Russia strikes Ukrainian cities, some close to the front line and some far away. Moscow faces more war crimes accusations, this time over forced deportations and “filtration” centers. And at home, those who dare speak out against the war face prison terms.
July 08, 2022
The Week In Russia: Blood And Bluster In Ukraine
Despite battlefield setbacks and heavy losses, Russian politicians and pundits are sounding self-assured about the outcome of the war in Ukraine, with President Vladimir Putin warning Kyiv and the West that the worst is yet to come. Is it confidence born of calculation or a bully’s bluff?
June 10, 2022
The Week In Russia: 'The Complete Collapse Of Everything'
As the war in Ukraine rages, Russian President Vladimir Putin likens himself to Tsar Peter the Great -- but critics find a glaring flaw in the comparison. Meanwhile, Dmitry Medvedev provides the poisonous voice-over for a terrible, troubled time.
May 13, 2022
The Week In Russia: Ambition And Reality
Like the coronavirus pandemic, Russia’s war in Ukraine is something that President Vladimir Putin cannot control -- so the Kremlin is fudging the numbers and seeking to shape the narrative. Putin’s speech on the history-steeped May 9 holiday signaled that the killing could continue for some time.
May 06, 2022
The Week In Russia: Carnage And Celebration
While waging a devastating and unprovoked war in Ukraine, Russia prepares to mark the anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat 77 years ago. And the Kremlin's effort to weave its narratives of the two conflicts together rings badly wrong in Kyiv and the West.