Toronto International Film Festival

The title refers to Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an oil oligarch who burst upon the post-Soviet scene in the mid-1990s. Read more


It’s for many of the same bad reasons used by the United States to justify its military interventions. Read more


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Reese Erlich

By trying to isolate Russia and Iran, the United States is only isolating itself. Read more


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He was well known in the 1980s as an articulate, English-speaking defender of Kremlin policies. Then he began describing himself as a “man of the left.” Read more

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Reese Erlich is on assignment in Moscow. He offers this humorous memory about a long ago visit to that famed city. Read more


This “constitutional quasi-crisis” is not ending anytime soon. Sorry, Mitch. Read more


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Werner Herzog

While many people view him as a Lincoln, others consider him a “traitor” for, they believe, triggering the Soviet Union’s liquidation. A review of the film, “Meeting Gorbachev.” Read more


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Pete Souza

To get too caught up in Russian interference and the unfairness of the American electoral system is to overlook Trump’s power, and to risk not learning the lessons of his popularity. Read more

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Nick Wall

At the height of the Cold War, five members of Britain’s nuclear program passed secrets along to the USSR. Read more


Barr does know we’re talking about President Trump, right? Read more


Personally, Trump prefers liars who are not convicted. Read more



Jeff Abbott

A president who won office on an anti-corruption platform, is moving to end a United Nations agreement that supports investigations into corruption. The Guatemalan president has sought, and found, support within the U.S. Republican Party. Read more


"The prettiest sight to see is the Trump that soon might be perp walked right out the door. . ." Read more


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Trump has committed multiple impeachable offenses. Colluding with Putin isn’t one of them. Read more



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James Clapper, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under George H. W. Bush and Director of National Intelligence under President Barack Obama speaks out against the current President. Read more

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The president hopes we’ll break our Russia tunnel vision and set sights on Iran. We should. Read more


So bad even Paul Ryan almost grew a spine. Almost. Read more


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Reese Erlich

We’ll see if anything significant about Syria comes out of the Putin-Trump summit. But don’t hold your breath. Read more


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The current fixation with Russian aggression is one indication of a dangerous deterioration in relations, which is being taken advantage of to fuel a new arms race and Cold War. Read more

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Mark Dixon, DC Climate March

Mr. Subtle has uncovered a conspiracy so vast as to boggle the mind. Read more