Masha Lipman is the former Deputy Editor of the Russian news magazine Itogi. (May 2001)


Russia’s Free Press Withers Away

President Vladimir Putin is neither a butcher nor an anti-liberal. He is not even an anti-Westernizer. He speaks German fluently (being the first Russian leader in almost eighty years to command a foreign language, if we disregard comrade Stalin, who spoke Russian) and is said to be studying English. Putin …