Brian Whitmore

Brian Whitmore writes for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

The Next Pussy Riot

Why a man who nailed his scrotum to the pavement in Red Square could be Russia's next human-rights champion

Why Putin Fears Civil Society

The discipline that prevented skirmishes during Putin's first stint in the Kremlin is giving way to a free-for-all in which nobody is untouchable.

Vladimir the Weak?

A shady smear campaign by Russia's elite signals that Putin may soon be a lame duck.

The Post-Putin Sweepstakes

The Russian president knows he won't be in charge forever. And he might be looking for a successor.

Is This the Twilight of the Putin Era?

Intrigue, mayhem, and public shenanigans have gripped the upper echelons of the Russian elite -- just as they did in last days of Boris Yeltsin's rule.