• Arts & Culture

    Reporting from Moscow: Yeltsin to Yanukovych

    When General Secretary Gorbachev  announced the policy of perestroika and the floodgates of glasnost opened in March 1985, the press, and the Western press in particular, suddenly became a functioning unit of Russian civil society. This is not to say that a reporter could not report prior to liberalization, but the deep and intimate research required to understand the anguished Russian situation had been largely impossible. David Remnick, now editor of The New Yorker, arrived in Moscow as a reporter for the The Post in the late 80’s. His time there would become the subject of his Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of The Soviet Empire.”…

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    Russian-US tensions on the rise: Are we on the brink of the second Cold War?

    The violence in Ukraine took on much broader geopolitical significance on Feb. 27, when Russian President Vladimir Putin called for military action in the country and a force of heavily armed soldiers arrived in the Crimean peninsula. This is just the latest development in what has been a tension-filled several years between Russia and the West reminiscent of the Cold War. Since Putin’s 2012 election for a third term, relations between Russia and the U.S. have been strained at best. Russian violations of anti-missile treaties, culminating in a Jan. 29 cruise missile launch, raised concerns about Putin’s apparent disinterest in de-escalating the Cold War arms race. “If the Russian government…