Masha Gessen

5 articles

The Cops That Would Save a Country

Creating a new, clean police force in the Ukraine.


Perfect Compromise

On Finland, the country most afraid of Russia.


The Brothers

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friends didn’t realize what he’d done until they saw his image on television.

Excerpted from The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy.


The Dying Russians

A 15-year-old Russian has a shorter life expectancy than a peer in Bangladesh, Cambodia, or Yemen.


The Wrath of Putin

Putin v. Khodorkovsky:

Almost a decade ago, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, then the owner of the Yukos Oil Company and Russia’s richest man, completely miscalculated the consequences of standing up to Vladimir Putin, then Russia’s president. Putin had Khodorkovsky arrested, completely miscalculating the consequences of putting him in prison. During his eight years in confinement, Khodorkovsky has become Russia’s most trusted public figure and Putin’s biggest political liability. As long as Putin rules Russia and Khodorkovsky continues to act like Khodorkovsky, Khodorkovsky will remain in prison—and Putin will remain terrified of him.