Showing Archived Posts

Kremlin Forgets: One Century Ago Russian Soldiers Were Top Victims of Poison Gas

Posted August 31st, 2013 at 10:02 pm (UTC+0)

Russian politicians and analysts worked overtime this week trying to create a cloud of doubt around the Aug. 21 chemical attack in Damascus. On Friday, the White House report drew on extensive intelligence information to present this picture: Syrian forces carried out chemical weapons attacks on sleeping Damascus suburbs, killing 1,429 civilians, including 426 children. […]

Posted in Uncategorized

Snowden’s Kremlin Connection

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 7:23 pm (UTC+0)
1 comment

Friday, June 21, was the hottest day of the year in Hong Kong – a sweltering 34 degrees. But it was also a hot day for Edward Snowden, the leaker of American secrets hiding out in China’s Special Administrative Region. In Washington on that day, U.S. federal prosecutors made public allegations of unauthorized communication of […]

Posted in Uncategorized

Georgia and Russia: Rekindling an Old Love Affair?

Posted August 15th, 2013 at 4:56 pm (UTC+0)
1 comment

When I first visited Georgia, on a reporting trip, in September 1991, I arrived in Tbilisi armed with four years of college Russian — and gung ho to use it! To my dismay, the independence-minded residents of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic had spray painted out all public signs in Russian and were jamming all […]

Posted in Uncategorized

Russia’s Choice: Power Balancer or China’s Canada?

Posted August 10th, 2013 at 7:04 pm (UTC+0)
1 comment

The reset between the Kremlin and the White House is dead. Now, the question in Moscow is: what will replace it? With the cancellation of President Obama’s visit here next month, it is unlikely that the president of the United States will devote much of his second term to dealing with President Putin. The White […]

Posted in Uncategorized



James Brooke is VOA Moscow bureau chief, covering Russia and the former USSR. With The New York Times, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa, Latin America, Canada and Japan/Koreas. He studied Russian in college during the Brezhnev years, first visited Moscow as a reporter during the final months of Gorbachev, and then came back for reporting forays during the Yeltsin and early Putin years. In 2006, he moved to Moscow to report for Bloomberg. He joined VOA in Moscow in 2010. Follow Jim on Twitter @VOA_Moscow.



August 2013
« Jul   Sep »