Joshua Yaffa

Snapshot
Joshua Yaffa

Vladimir Putin's decision to double down on his Ukraine policy in the face of Western sanctions will deepen Russia's isolation and hit the country's consumers. His bet is that he can weather the costs -- and preserve the loyalty of his supporters.

Snapshot
Joshua Yaffa

Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny lost this week's Moscow mayoral election. Nonetheless, one is left with the sense that even though the Kremlin manages to land punch after punch, winning each round on points, somehow the match isn’t going its way.

Snapshot
Joshua Yaffa

When his trial for corruption charges began in April, Alexei Navalny was an untested political leader with limited public support. But the logic of Putin’s rule does not require a person to be a credible challenger at the ballot box to be a threat.

Snapshot
Joshua Yaffa

When his trial for corruption charges began in April, Alexei Navalny was an untested political leader with limited public support. But the logic of Putin’s rule does not require a person to be a credible challenger at the ballot box to be a threat.

Snapshot
Joshua Yaffa

The case against him may be phony, but Alexei Navalny, the Russian blogger and opposition activist, faces long odds in his trial, which begins Wednesday. When Putin cannot co-opt his enemies, it seems, he has other means of crushing them.

Review Essay
Jul/Aug
2012
Joshua Yaffa

With Vladimir Putin back in power in Russia, understanding him is more important than ever. Two recent books attempt to unravel the mystery, adding new insight into the Russian leader's life and rule. But by trying to comprehend Putin through his personal history, they miss the true heart of the story: the state he built.

Postscript
Joshua Yaffa

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's electoral victory last Sunday has left his opposition in a tough spot. Its next logical move is to step up the fight against Putin, since the Kremlin is unlikely to make any concessions now. But that strategy risks alienating the very group that gives the movement its strength: middle-class Russians.

Letter From
Joshua Yaffa

The economic boom that took place under the watch of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin gave birth to a new middle class in Russia. But now, in the run-up to Sunday’s presidential election, that very group has turned against him and taken to the streets.

News & Events
Thanassis Cambanis and Joshua Yaffa

Foreign Affairs hosts a talkback after a performance of the Broadway play "Time Stands Still" with cast members and journalists who cover conflict zones.