Reporting from Putin’s Russia

By Jonathon Van Maren

In March, I traveled to Russia to meet with Danish journalist Iben Thranholm on a research project to examine the connections between faith, politics, and power in modern Russia. Here is my reporting from Russia, in one place for your convenience if you happen to be interested.

Our day with a student from the St. Petersburg Higher School of Economics, talking history and the state of Russian Politics:

Talking Politics in St. Petersburg

A private tour of the Solzhenitsyn House for the Russian Diaspora, and how the execution of the Tsar and his family impacts modern Russia:

Russia Repents of the Romanov Regicide

An analysis from the ground through Putin’s election on the stark difference between Western media coverage of Russia and how Russians perceive the West:

What they’re saying about us in Russia right now

An exclusive night with Russia’s most notorious motorcycle gang, which has been banned from Canada and a half dozen other Western nations for allegedly acting as a paramilitary group in the Ukraine:

A Night with Putin’s Wolves

Part I of my exploration of the relationship between modern Russia and the history of the Christian faith in Russia, from Vladimir the Great to the Mongol hordes:

The bloody Baptism of Russia

Part II of my series on the history of faith in Russia, from the Mongol yoke to the eve of the Bolshevik Revolution:

From the Mongol yoke to the Bolshevik barbarians

Part III details the greatest persecution of Christians in history, in Russia under Communism:

In history’s bloodiest persecution of Christians, the Russian Communists murder millions

Part IV, the final essay in my series on faith and politics in Russia, examines Vladimir Putin’s relationship with the Russian Orthodox Church and Christianity in general—and what this relationship can tell us about power in modern Russia:

Faith, politics, and power in Putin’s Russia

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