Russia

Conflict & Justice

Oh, Donetsk airport, I knew you when

She remembers the Donetsk airport when it was a sad Soviet-era fixture. And when it was transformed, reimagined, for a 2012 European soccer tourney. Now it is rubble in fighting in eastern Ukraine, and she realizes " how little time it takes to destroy something which has been so painstakingly built."

Global Politics

Edward Snowden is OK with what he's given up to start a debate on surveillance

Washington Post contributor Barton Gellman sat down with Edward Snowden in Moscow for a 14 hour interview, recently. It was the former NSA contractor's first major interview since he was granted asylum in Russia. Gellman describes Snowden as something of a shut-in who doesn't mind living alone in his Moscow residence, now that he's sparked an international debate on surveillance.