Joshua Yaffa is a journalist based in Moscow, Russia. Contact him at joshuayaffa [at] gmail.com
My apartment building was made to house the first generation of Soviet elite. Instead, it was where the revolution went to die.
Why the Russian President’s childhood judo partner is leading the country’s most ambitious construction project.
Two muckraking journalists had contempt for Ukraine’s corrupt political system. So they became politicians.
Ramzan Kadyrov has fashioned the war-torn region in his own image. Is he out of control?
The war between rival Russian security agencies has claimed a high-profile victim.
Two new books chronicle the boom times that Russia experienced in the first years of Vladimir Putin’s rule. But now the party is over and a nasty hangover is setting in.
Even by the standards of Russian jurisprudence, the prosecution of Svetlana Davydova seems particularly harsh.
Searching for a Russian prisoner of war in Ukraine.
The war in eastern Ukraine as seen from the other side of the border.
Why the Kremlin is betting on escalation and isolation -- and how Russia's interests may look different in Moscow than they do in Washington.
Nobody exploits basic human insecurity and fear quite like Putin's favorite TV host.
Russia has, in effect, already invaded eastern Ukraine. The question is how the West will respond.
The fight against corruption in Ukraine is a steep, uphill battle.
Eastern Ukraine seems to be slipping away—not to Russia, or to some separatist republic, but to something darker.
For Siberia’s isolated villagers, the doctor is in the railway car.
Russia’s annual Victory Day celebration is unavoidably political: the defeat of Nazi Germany provides justification for the state’s behavior today.
A newly vigorous campaign targets those who do not share in Russia’s officially sanctioned mood of expansionary euphoria.
On the ground in Crimea during Russia’s creeping, almost spectral, takeover.
The premier visual stylist of the Putin era has been given the highest-profile assignment of his career: the Olympic opening ceremony.
The over-the-top tale of the $51-billion price-tag for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Sochi has been a city of dreams since Soviet times. What does it say about Russia today?
A Russian entrepreneur under fire and a newly appointed state official who provides a voice for small business -- carefully.
An anti-Putin protestor is sentenced to forced psychiatric care.
Will Russia's stagnating economy bring about much-needed structural reform?
Why the ultimately unsuccessful mayoral campaign of Alexei Navalny may prove to be more of a victory than first appears.
What explains Russia's new anti-gay laws -- and how the controversy threatens to spoil Putin's Olympic party.
The growing clash of interests between the Russian state and Pavel Durov, the brilliant and idiosyncratic founder of the country's most popular social network, Vkontakte.
The story of a mass investigation of anti-Putin protestors, and what the case reveals about Putin's new presidential term.
On the politically-motivated trial of Alexei Navalny, who has emerged as the Russian opposition's most credible political force.
“If you don’t have it your own idea, take somebody else’s idea and trash it...And then there’s your idea.” Fear of the other returns to Russian politics.
A review essay of two recent books on Vladimir Putin -- and why to understand Putin, it's most helpful to examine the state he has built.
Political satire returns to Russia during the street protests of late 2011 and early 2012.
A profile of Edward Tufte, the graphics guru to the power elite who is revolutionizing how we see data.
A short autobiographical essay on growing up deprived of junk food.
The story of the typeface Clearview, revolutionizing the view on the American highway.