Trump Clarifies Incoherent Foreign Policy Analysis: "Already in Crimea!"

Brendan O'Connor · 08/01/16 08:48AM

On Monday morning, Donald Trump attempted to clarify the incomprehensible position he staked out this weekend in an interview with George Stephanopoulos. “When I said in an interview that Putin is ‘not going into Ukraine, you can mark it down,’ I am saying if I am President. Already in Crimea!” he tweeted. In the interview, Trump had said that Vladimir Putin is “not going into Ukraine, okay, just so you understand. He’s not gonna go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want.”

The Hamilton of Russia Is a Metal Propaganda Musical By Putin’s Biker-Gang Friends

Marina Galperina · 06/13/16 02:42PM

Vladimir Putin’s friend Alexander “The Surgeon” Zaldostanov is the leader of the Night Wolves nationalist motorcycle club, a hardcore Motherland-loving campaigner for “resistance to the global Satanism” and “all this homosexual talk.” He can also put on quite a musical! Perhaps you’d like to feast your eyes on some highlights from the Night Wolves’ first and second annual theatrical extravaganzas, complete with acrobats, fireworks, unauthorized Nirvana covers, revisionist historical reenactments, and sick-ass bike tricks:

Ukrainian Helicopter Shot Down a Day After Ceasefire, Nine Dead

Aleksander Chan · 06/24/14 07:43PM

The Ukrainian military claims that a helicopter carrying nine of its men was shot down by pro-Russian separatists, despite a ceasefire agreement reached last Friday. All nine men died in the attack and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, reports the BBC, is considering ending the ceasefire ahead of its Friday deadline for "constant violation by rebels who are controlled from abroad."

The New U.S.-Russia Cold War Is Not About to Happen Between Dolphins

Adam Weinstein · 04/22/14 02:43PM

Last month, Russia seized Ukraine's combat dolphins. This week, the U.S. Navy was rumored to be deploying its own dolphins to the Black Sea. The Great Game seemed upon us once again: the warm-water game of cold war. But more likely, the American media just got played by a Kremlin mouthpiece.

Ron Paulies Are Batshit Conspiracy Theorists, Chapter 794

Adam Weinstein · 03/26/14 01:44PM

Ron Paul and his think tank don't want the U.S. to get embroiled in an overseas war with Russia over its recent annexation of Crimea. That's reasonable. Ron Paul and his think tank suggest that Russia didn't even invade Crimea, really. That's self-blindered hysterical conspiracy theorizin' bull semen.

Taylor Berman · 03/20/14 02:48PM

Russia responded to the new U.S. sanctions by issuing some sanctions of its own; nine U.S. officials, including Speaker John Boehner and Senator John McCain, are now banned from traveling to Russia. "I guess this means my spring break in Siberia is off," McCain said in a statement.

Russia Can't Get Enough of the "Sexy" New Crimean Prosecutor

Adam Weinstein · 03/20/14 11:34AM

The Russia-friendly Crimean Parliament recently made 33-year-old Natalya Poklonskaya the region's chief prosecutor, a position that vaulted her to internet fame this week. Because she's good at her job? Not quite. Because she's hot. At least according to Russian media:

Taylor Berman · 03/20/14 10:15AM

Thursday morning, President Obama announced new sanctions against Russia. "The United States is today moving, as we said we would, to impose additional costs on Russia," Obama said, adding that the sanctions will have a "significant impact on the Russian economy but could also be disruptive to the global economy."

Sarah Hedgecock · 03/18/14 01:05PM

[A pro-Russian woman in Crimea celebrates after watching a broadcast of Vladimir Putin's speech on Crimea on Tuesday. Yes, that is a Josef Stalin calendar she's holding. Image via Vadim Ghirda/AP.]

Taylor Berman · 03/18/14 11:42AM

A Ukrainian soldier died Tuesday afternoon after armed Russian forces opened fire at a Ukrainian military base in the Crimean capital of Simferopol. Earlier Tuesday, President Putin signed a treaty to annex Crimea from Ukraine.