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A banner for Belarus' Oct. 11 presidential election hangs in Minsk on Oct. 2. (SERGEI GAPON/AFP/Getty Images)

Belarus: Russia's Close But Restive Ally

An upcoming election will show whether the incumbent president can loosen his country's strong ties with Moscow. Read more…


In Syria, the Loyalist Offensive Begins

Russia is using the conflict to showcase its newfound military capabilities. Read more…

View of a Russian nuclear plant in St. Petersburg. (ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia: Exporting Influence, One Nuclear Reactor at a Time

The demand for nuclear energy is projected to grow worldwide in the coming years, and Russia is looking to dominate the market. Read more…