Leonid Bershidsky

01/09/2017 - 7:00pm

    Many Americans gasp when they see Donald Trump mockingly put the word "intelligence" in quotes when referring to the U.S. intelligence community; it seems heretical to challenge the wisdom and expertise of institutions charged with safeguarding their security and freedoms. As a Russian, I just shrug: I have never believed a word coming from...

12/13/2016 - 3:00pm

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been designated the new leader of the Western world on the strength of her values. Now, watch her lift that mantle for a deft feint to the right.

    This week Merkel's Christian Democratic Union re-elected her as...

12/09/2016 - 6:00pm

    It's hard to blame Russia for using its propaganda machine to help build a post-fact world when its economy depends on a post-fact market -- the oil one. The market's reaction to news from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries highlights its spurious mechanics.

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12/06/2016 - 11:00am

    Until recently, the phenomenon of Russian government propaganda was only interesting to a small group of Russia experts, news junkies and counter-propaganda fundraisers. It was mainly seen as a tool for keeping Russians supportive of Vladimir Putin. No longer. Thanks to post-U.S. election blame games,...

12/02/2016 - 8:00am

    Donald Trump has often been linked to some authoritarian rulers and compared to others. Strictly speaking, he hasn't done much to deserve it yet. But this is a dangerous moment -- some current authoritarians started in this way too, and were pushed toward the dictatorial path.

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11/24/2016 - 5:00pm

    As U.S. President Barack Obama visits Berlin to prepare Chancellor Angela Merkel for a future he doesn't understand himself, it may look as if he is passing the baton of free world leadership to her. It's hard to imagine how Merkel could take on any such role and why she would want to. She may...

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