Julia Ioffe is a journalist living in Moscow. She has written for Foreign Policy, The New Yorker, The New Republic, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Read her blog, The Moscow Diaries at True/Slant.

Putin is lashing out against the U.S.. But new diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks reveal that he has another close international partner to turn to—Silvio Berlusconi. Julia Ioffe reports on the high-level bromance.

The recent spy scandal, involving “hottie spy” Anna Chapman, seems like a Cold War throwback. But for Western diplomats in Moscow, weird incidents of espionage are part of everyday life.

The unlikely saga of the spies known as The Illegals has caused much mirth, but no diplomatic crisis, with Russia. Julia Ioffe talks to Russian officials who can't stop laughing.