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 …
Insult to Injury (and Murder)
Recently, the Assad regime in Syria gassed civilians, same as it has done for years. Today, Vladimir Putin has said that the regime — his ally and partner — did not do this. Rather, someone else did, in a “provocation.”
Impromptus: The way we were, &c.
There was a song: “Mem’ries light the corners of my mind. Misty water-colored mem’ries of the way we were.” I have been thinking lately about the way we were.
Remember when we knocked President Obama for spending so …
Stubborn (and Astounding)
Today on the homepage, I conclude my series on Vladimir Kara-Murza, the Russian democracy leader who has been poisoned twice — and twice escaped death. He is only in his mid-thirties, but he has already experienced a lot (obviously). And …
Putin Critics Should Be More Careful about Their Health
Today, we publish Part II of my series on Vladimir Kara-Murza, the Russian democracy leader. Twice, he was poisoned. Twice, he survived. May there never be a third time.
Critics of Vladimir Putin are very, very careless about their health. …
A Russian Patriot and His Country, Part I
Editor’s Note: In the current issue of National Review, we have a piece by Jay Nordlinger on Vladimir Kara-Murza, the Russian democracy leader. This week in his Impromptus, Mr. Nordlinger expands that piece.
Two years ago, in May 2015, Vladimir …
A Hannanesque Podcast (with Hannan)
In the past few days, the National Review Institute has staged its Ideas Summit, one of whose guests was Daniel Hannan, the British writer and politician. He was not only a guest but an awardee: the recipient of our first-ever …
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 …
Impromptus: Qaddafi’s ‘good’ son, &c.
Moammar Qaddafi had eight children, seven of them boys. By and large, they were a gruesome crew — goons, brats, thugs. Monsterlets. But there was one of them who tried to go straight, so to speak. Who tried to be …
Boris Nemtsov’s Legacy Haunts Putin’s Russia
Amidst the hundreds of Russia-related headlines saturating the current U.S. media landscape, it was almost inevitable that a small but significant one of them would go almost unnoticed. On May 13, the U.S. Senate came one step closer to …
A Grave Defeat for Religious Rights in Russia
Russia’s crackdown on religious activity took a major step forward this week as the Justice Ministry banned Jehovah’s Witnesses. Russia has steadily curtailed rights to evangelize in recent years, but this move signals their commitment to aggressively policing …
A Russian Patriot and His Country, Part III
Editor’s Note: In the current issue of National Review, we have a piece by Jay Nordlinger on Vladimir Kara-Murza, the Russian democracy leader. This week in his Impromptus, Mr. Nordlinger has expanded that piece. For the first two installments, …
A Russian Patriot and His Country, Part II
Editor’s Note: In the current issue of National Review, we have a piece by Jay Nordlinger on Vladimir Kara-Murza, the Russian democracy leader. This week in his Impromptus, Mr. Nordlinger is expanding that piece. For yesterday’s installment, Part …
Krauthammer’s Take on Putin-Linked Death: ‘Installing Hot Tubs Is Not a Known Cause of Defenestration’
Charles Krauthammer pointed out recent crimes likely committed by the Putin’s regime in Russia, and he argued that the trend of mildness toward Putin in the West harms our values and our interests:
This is a malign regime. And …
Impromptus: A million here, 24 there, &c.
Chance the Rapper — that’s his name, or the name he goes by — has donated $1 million to the Chicago public schools. That’s a drop in the bucket. But it’s also a million dollars. You know?