Joshua Yaffa
Joshua Yaffa is a Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker and the author of “Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia.”
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The Victims of Putin’s Crackdown on the Press
Since April, ten media outlets and twenty journalists have been targeted by the state.
By Joshua YaffaSeptember 7, 2021
News Desk
How Hacking Became a Professional Service in Russia
The outfit behind the Colonial Pipeline attack had a blog, a user-friendly interface, and a sliding fee scale for helping hackers cash in on stolen information.
By Joshua YaffaMay 23, 2021
Daily Comment
Russia Beat the World to a Vaccine, so Why Is It Falling Behind on Vaccinations?
The problem, it seems, is both supply and demand.
By Joshua YaffaApril 12, 2021
How Bellingcat Unmasked Putin’s Assassins
The collective’s innovation has been to recognize that the digital-age panopticon actually works in two directions.
By Joshua YaffaMarch 31, 2021
A Reporter at Large
The Russians Protesting Putin in Their Personal Lives
Since Alexey Navalny’s arrest, some Russians are reëvaluating their compromises, questioning whether the price of success—or merely getting by—has become untenable.
By Joshua YaffaMarch 4, 2021
With Navalny Headed to Prison, Russia’s Political Battle Enters a New Stage
Will Putin regret putting the country’s opposition leader behind bars?
By Joshua YaffaFebruary 3, 2021
Letter from MoscowFebruary 8, 2021 Issue
The Sputnik V Vaccine and Russia’s Race to Immunity
When the pandemic struck, scientists in Moscow set out to beat the West.
By Joshua YaffaFebruary 1, 2021
Navalny’s Long-Running Battle with Putin Enters a New Phase
The jailed opposition leader is creating a model of guerrilla political warfare for the digital age.
By Joshua YaffaJanuary 24, 2021
The Life and COVID Death of a Revered Siberian Doctor
In a chaotic and overwhelmed hospital, a physician received the kind of indifferent medical care he spent his life trying to overcome.
By Joshua YaffaDecember 8, 2020
The Kremlin Prepares for a Biden Presidency
Even in Moscow, there is accumulated disappointment and fatigue with Trump and all that his Presidency failed to deliver.
By Joshua YaffaNovember 13, 2020
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