Putin Isn’t Interested in Helping America
Toward the end of his twelve-day trip to Asia, President Trump tweeted, “When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There [sic] always …
A year or two ago, I was talking with a colleague of mine about Europe — he is very, very knowledgeable on the subject. He said that if I wanted to find out about Russian influence in Europe — and …
Impromptus: When libertarian juices flow, &c.
Writing about dictatorships, I have often noticed the overkill. (“Kill” is usually the right word, when it comes to dictatorships.) I should explain what I mean.
When the chavista regime in Venezuela wanted to arrest the mayor of Caracas at …
Interpol Should Remove William Browder from Its Watch List
The United States has made the right decision to reinstate William Browder’s visa waiver. The onus now falls on Interpol to remove him from its “wanted” list.
Browder, a British citizen, is the CEO of hedge-fund Hermitage Capital. He …
The Obama Administration’s Uranium One Scandal
Let’s put the Uranium One scandal in perspective: The cool half-million bucks the Putin regime funneled to Bill Clinton was five times the amount it spent on those Facebook ads — the ones the media-Democrat complex ludicrously suggests swung …
Editor’s Note: In the current issue of National Review, we have a piece by Jay Nordlinger on Yuri Dmitriev and his travails. Today, Mr. Nordlinger expands that piece in this space.
At an Oslo Freedom Forum in September, Vladimir …
Putin to Washington: I Bite
From the first Morning Jolt of the week:
Putin Delivers ‘Biting’ Response to New Sanctions from Washington
Kind of an odd twist if you believe Russia hacked the election in order to bring Donald Trump and Republicans to power, so …
About a year ago, Donald Trump Jr. met with a mysterious Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Trump Jr. was purportedly eager to receive information that could damage Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Veselnitskaya denies that she was working for the Kremlin …
It’s Time to Get Real about Russia
On Sunday morning, President Trump, home from the G20 Summit in Germany, announced on Twitter that “it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!” If the president’s meeting with Vladimir Putin over the weekend is any …
Bosnia: They’re at It Again
For more than a decade now, Vladimir Putin has sought to reverse what he called in 2005 the “major geopolitical disaster of the [20th] century,” that is, the collapse of the Soviet Union. Playing a very weak economic hand as oil …
The American President and American Values
Reporters tried to ask President Duterte of the Philippines about human rights. He shut them down, calling them “spies.” President Trump, sitting next to him, laughed. Earlier this year, Trump sat next to Vladimir Putin. Reporters were trying to ask …
Who Killed Boris Nemtsov?
On June 29, 2017, a Moscow jury found five Chechens guilty of the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. The evidence, however, tells a different story. It shows that the murder was carried out not by the defendants but by the …
Vladimir Putin’s Consolation Prize
Bill Browder has been in the news lately. As you know, he is the CEO of Hermitage Capital, whose lawyer was Sergei Magnitsky. Magnitsky was taken prisoner by the Russian state and tortured to death by its agents.
Browder, with …
Why Is Bill Browder Banned from America?
Vladimir Putin keeps putting William Browder on Interpol’s wanted list, or trying to. As far as I’m concerned, these attempts are the equivalent of medals of freedom.
Remember who Browder is: He is the financier whose lawyer was …
A Russian journalist, Maria Eismont, said, “The Yuri Dmitriev case is, perhaps, the most important thing happening in Russia right now.” I write about this case in a piece on the homepage today: “The Grave-Hunter, Hunted.”
Dmitriev has long been …
Impromptus: Say it ain’t so, Kyrie, &c.
Kyrie Irving is a basketball star, late of the Cleveland Cavaliers, now with the Boston Celtics. He made a splash early this year when he said that he believed the earth is flat — not round (or spherical, should we …
Why Would You Want Putin as a Friend?
Leaving aside the question as to whether there was actual collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election, it is undisputed that candidate Trump was eager for a friendship between our two nations. The most recent …
The President Won’t Stop Steering Himself Directly into Controversy
The theme for today’s Jolt: You can’t save everybody.
Donald Trump’s astonishing second meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G-20.
You can’t save a president from himself.
The White House official said Mr. Trump spoke with many …
‘Are These the Ones Who Insulted You?’
Today, Putin pointed at reporters and said to Trump, “Are these the ones who insulted you?” The two leaders then had a good chuckle over it.
In Russia, reporters don’t insult Putin — and stay safe for very long.
Europe between Trump and Putin
If there’s one thing Angela Merkel can be relied on for these days, it’s Trump-bashing.
In May, the German chancellor held a rally of sorts with Barack Obama in front of the Brandenburg Gate, extolling the virtues of …