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Nina L. Khrushcheva

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G.I. Joe Trotsky

Published On: April 23, 2021 10:22 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

NEW YORK – Leon Trotsky may not claim a mass following nowadays, but the revolutionary tactics that he pioneered remain very much in use, and not only by communists or in today’s Russia, where they are called “political technology.” One such tactic, known as “entryism” – when members of an extremist group join, subvert, and ultimately take over a more powerful organization, which they then use as a political weapon – has gained adherents among far-right groups in the United States. Their target: America’s military.

Can Navalny take down Putin?

Published On: February 14, 2021 08:00 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

As the Kremlin’s response to the protests has shown, Putin and the state are one and the same. That makes toppling him a particularly difficult proposition.

Who profits from the assault on American democracy?

Published On: January 18, 2021 08:30 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

Trump intentionally and directly incited the insurrection of January 6. But he does not bear sole responsibility. Every one of his enablers, and the enablers of his enablers, is guilty.

Ten hours that shook America

Published On: January 8, 2021 11:31 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

For the first time in the country’s history, a defeated incumbent president summoned a mob to intimidate Congress into violating the US constitution to keep him in power.

From Dreyfus to the Donald

Published On: March 16, 2020 09:14 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

NEW YORK – Having fled the country to escape punishment for a statutory-rape conviction in 1977, Franco-Polish filmmaker Roman Polanski remains a pariah in the United States. But that doesn’t mean he can’t offer a good read of the place. His latest film, An Officer and a Spy, masterfully captures the febrile atmosphere of a country consumed by lies and conspiracies, led by incendiary demagogues, and betrayed by spineless elites who are too afraid to speak up in defense of national values.

When Leninists overreach

Published On: August 19, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

As with Putin, overreach seems to be Xi’s default position nowadays, judging by his handling of the trade war and aggressive behavior toward China’s neighbors

Women on top in democracies

Published On: July 28, 2019 02:00 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

In today’s world, men continue to hold disproportionate power. But, judging by the fast-growing number of women on the political stage, the days of male supremacy are numbered

Should Russians hug Chinese?

Published On: June 12, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

Putin and Xi are vying for global leadership in challenging the United States and the West, and both are channeling their ruthless predecessors in the process

New President’s move

Published On: May 30, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

If exposing the Trump administration’s intrigues makes one an “enemy of the US” one hopes it is a badge Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky remains willing to wear

Trumping of Ukraine

Published On: March 12, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

Ukraine is reprising the same bizarre story that brought Trump to power in 2016

Wag the dictator

Published On: March 4, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

The Kremlin is now actively competing with the US to influence the course of events in Venezuela

Putin’s press problem

Published On: January 8, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

Amid falling living standards and increasing global hostility, Putin’s televised promises simply don’t fool anybody anymore

Is Trump duping Putin?

Published On: November 11, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

Trump has done little to improve relationship, despite some diplomatic overtures, including several invitations for Putin to visit the White House

Putin’s declining popularity

Published On: September 23, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

Putin’s image as a steward of Russia’s greatness and a symbol of hope is slipping away. His tried-and-true tactic is not a practical long-term strategy

New keeper of Putin’s secrets

Published On: May 29, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

Putin hopes to preserve paternalistic ruling system and top-down power structure he has built

What Putin won

Published On: March 26, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

Russians have voted for less social and political freedom and more economic stagnation. They have decided to go back in time, to a future that they once dreaded

What Putin wants in Syria

Published On: March 5, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

The entire intervention in Syria, including the mercenaries, has been primarily about defending Russian national interests

Profiles in cowardice

Published On: December 20, 2017 01:00 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

Prioritizing his own safety over wellbeing of Russia, President Boris Yeltsin named Putin, a former KGB colonel, as his successor

Putin’s long shadow

Published On: December 3, 2017 12:30 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

There is no “number two” in Russia. There is only Putin, controlling the FSB, the courts, and the commanding heights of the economy.

Trump’s collaborators

Published On: October 25, 2017 12:17 AM NPT By: Nina L. Khrushcheva

After nine months of Donald Trump’s presidency, the leaders of the Republican Party appear finally to be waking up to the harsh reality that their country stands at the edge of an abyss. They now have a choice: they can either continue to collaborate with Trump, thereby sustaining his destructive leadership and courting disaster, or they can renounce him, finally putting their country’s democracy ahead of loyalty to their party/tribe.