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    Russia's Reputation at Risk in Sochi

    Next month, the Winter Olympics in Sochi will bring many of Russia’s systemic problems in focus. It won’t be a pretty picture. The terrorist threat, rampant corruption, a problematic human-rights record, and rising xenophobia and nationalism will all be on display. How the Russian leadership deals with these ills during … More

    5 Things You Might Be Asking about the Sochi Terrorist Threats

    With two weeks to go before the opening of the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, terrorist threats have many questioning the security of the games. The Foundry asked Heritage’s expert on the region, Ariel Cohen, for some perspective on the threats. Where are the terrorist threats to the Olympics coming … More

    U.S. Hockey Player Forced to Remove Constitution from Mask at Olympics

    The U.S. Constitution has been banned by the International Olympic Committee – at least in one way. U.S. women’s hockey goalie Jessie Vetter is heading to Sochi, Russia, for the Olympic Winter Games next month. She planned to adorn her hockey mask, using 23 karat gold paint, with the opening … More

    Iran: More Sanctions Pressure Needed to Salvage an Acceptable Nuclear Deal

    The Obama Administration, which signed an agreement with Iran on Saturday on how to implement its November 24 interim nuclear deal, is now seeking to suppress bipartisan congressional efforts to strengthen sanctions against Iran if it violates the interim agreement. Although the text of the most recent agreement has not … More

    Why the Russia Terrorist Attack Should Worry Americans

    This week’s terrorist bombings in Russia allegedly perpetrated by Islamist militants from the Caucasus region should be of deep concern to us — and not just because of the Winter Olympic Games next month in Sochi. Of course, the two bombings in two days in Volgograd that killed some 30 … More

    Volgograd Terror Wave Threatens Sochi Olympics, Russian Civic Peace

    Russia’s holiday cheer was shattered by brutal suicide bombings on December 29 and 30 in the city of Volgograd that killed at least 31 people. Many experts believe that the bombings, which come just weeks before the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, are an attempt by North Caucasus … More

    Russian “Spy Stations”: A Clear and Present Danger?

    CIA and Pentagon officials have expressed concern that Russia’s efforts to place satellite positioning monitors throughout America pose a direct threat to U.S. national security, according to a recent report. Russia’s satellite system, known as the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS), is currently the only major alternative to the U.S.’s … More

    Vladimir Putin Disbands RIA Novosti, Tightens His Grip on Russian Media

    This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin disbanded the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency. A new agency—Russia Segodnya (Russia Today)—will be taking over its assets with the mission of improving the image of Russia internationally. It will be headed by a hard-line propagandist, TV anchor Dmitri Kiselev, leaving no doubt about … More

    Q&A on the Crisis in Ukraine

    The brutal dispersal of demonstrators in Ukraine last week led to dozens wounded—and a public protest movement which now surpasses the Orange Revolution of 2004. Demonstrators want Ukraine in Europe—and President Victor Yanukovich out of power. Ariel Cohen, Heritage’s Senior Research Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, gives some perspective … More

    Syria: Obama’s Policy Implosion

    The White House has become increasingly defensive about the supposed benefits of its policy zigzags regarding the deepening crisis in Syria. Syria’s humanitarian crisis is worsening; the Bashar al-Assad regime continues to get away with murder, supported by Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah; and Washington remains committed to a diplomatic solution … More