Leonid Bershidsky

05/21/2015 - 4:13pm

    PayPal blocked an account set up by Russian activists seeking to collect funds for the publication of a report on Russia's involvement in eastern Ukraine. The U.S. online payment company explained that it didn't "provide the option of using its system to receive donations to political parties...

04/30/2015 - 8:29pm

    The trial of Oskar Groening, a 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard, goes far beyond questions of absolution and punishment for a single German. Groening, after all, is not likely to serve out any prison term the court in Lueneburg may hand down -- or enjoy a...

02/26/2015 - 4:50pm

    Last weekend's shootings in Copenhagen are a test for Denmark. It's tempting to argue that Denmark's soft approach to dealing with radical Muslims has been found wanting. In truth, it's the country's conflicted...

02/19/2015 - 9:10pm

    The world is awash in debt -- but a lot of it isn't real. The culprits are the big accounting firms that have been mass-marketing tax avoidance strategies to their clients. The result is that official statistics have become so skewed that it's...

07/14/2014 - 3:06am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing to spend billions of dollars on a bizarre trip into the Soviet past, restarting construction on the storied and ill-starred Baikal-Amur Mainline railroad. Sadly, Putin's nostalgia will come at great cost to the country's future.

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03/06/2014 - 2:40am

    Reading all the positive foreign reactions to the Olympics, I can't help imagining how a flunky of Russian President Vladimir Putin would put together a selection of quotes to please the boss - to make the president feel as though he had won all of Russia's world-beating 33 medals, including 13 golds....

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