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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin is intent on restoring his nation as a formidable world power, analysts say. "Russia has been a great power for centuries. And it remains one," he said in a terse but little-noticed acceptance speech when President Boris Yeltsin promoted him to prime minister in 1999. (Associated Press)

    Russia's Vladimir Putin keeps Westerners guessing on his strategies, intentions

    When ailing Russian President Boris Yeltsin named his little-known prime minister, Vladimir Putin, as his "heir" to the Kremlin in 1999, few understood much — if anything — about the motivations and ambitions of the former KGB officer.


  • ** FILE ** Alexander Litvinenko (AP Photo/Alistair Fuller)

    Probe of Russian ex-spy's death could strain London-Moscow ties

    Ever since Alexander Litvinenko's death on Nov. 23, 2006, British authorities have wrestled with how to deal with the case without creating an international incident with the Kremlin.


  • In this image made from a video posted online by an Islamic militant group asserting responsibility for suicide bombings last month that killed 34 people in Volgograd, Russia, two men, identified as Suleiman and Abdurakhman and who purportedly carried out the twin suicide bombings are seen at an unknown location. The two Russian-speaking men featured in the video are identified as members of Ansar al-Sunna, the name of a militant group operating in Iraq. It was unclear whether they had received funding or training from the group or only adopted its name. (AP Photo)

    Olympics host Sochi remains a volatile region

    Russia has erected a "ring of steel" and the U.S. military is planning for evacuations, but the fact remains that Sochi, the site of next month's Winter Olympics, is within striking distance of Dagestan and Chechnya — volatile regions that form a caldron for Islamic militants.


  • BOOK REVIEW: Tom Clancy's final thriller

    A feeling of sad finality gripped me as I read the last of the 739 pages of Tom Clancy’s 18th and final thriller. Once again, the acrid scent of cordite wafted through my imagination during the climactic gunbattle as Clancy’s characters from the world of intelligence achieved yet another victory over the forces of evil.


  • Illustration by Sakurai, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung of Essen, Germany

    KEENE: Snowden's inconvenient truth about spies

    Everybody does it, but nobody does it like Barack Obama


  • BOOK REVIEW: ‘Circle of Treason’

    In the summer of 1992, CIA counterintelligence analyst Sandra "Sandy" Grimes burst into the office of her boss, Paul Redmond, and exclaimed, "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell what is going on here ... Rick [Ames] is a Russian spy!"


  • What is polonium-210 and how can it kill?

    Polonium first hit the headlines when it was used to kill KGB agent-turned-Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006.


  • Leonhard Lapin's "Stalinism and Satanism" series turns communist iconography on its ear. He is now considered one of Estonia's most important modern artists. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Art behind the Iron Curtain

    The parallels between Soviet-era repression and Vladimir Putin's authoritarian rule are at the heart of "Lest We Forget: Masters of Soviet Dissent," a new exhibition of paintings and drawings by Leonhard Lapin and the late Alexander Zhdanov at Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Art gallery in Washington.


  • BOOK REVIEW: 'SMERSH: Stalin's Secret Weapon'

    To readers of Ian Fleming's wildly popular James Bond spy thrillers, SMERSH was an omnipotent - and murderous - arm of Soviet intelligence, part of the network later known as the KGB. Fleming introduced SMERSH in his inaugural work, "Casino Royale," published in 1953, and over the years credited the organization with such exploits as the murder of Leon Trotsky in Mexico in 1940.


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