Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist who is the author of Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.

Aug. 15 2014 12:38 PMThe Putin Military DoctrineHe wins by lying.
March 21 2014 11:51 AMCrimea Is Putin’s RevengeOn March 24, 1999, the U.S. bombed Kosovo. Putin has been planning his payback ever since.
Feb. 24 2014 10:17 AMHow the International LGBTQ Rights Movement Failed Russian Gays in Sochi
Dec. 19 2013 7:26 PMPutin, SnubbedThe Russian leader may release Mikhail Khodorkovsky to distract attention from Western leaders’ decision to skip his Olympics.
May 15 2013 2:18 PMI Envy Angelina Jolie Her NipplesBut I’m glad I had a preventive double mastectomy eight years ago.
March 1 2012 8:07 AMHow To Read the Russian ElectionIf you are wondering which of the candidates opposing Vladimir Putin on Sunday is a stooge, rest assured: They all are.
Aug. 10 2010 10:49 AMMoscow in a HazeThe deadly fires have exposed a key problem in today's Russia: No one knows what's going on.
Nov. 24 2009 9:35 AMStudies in Forgetting
Medical Examiner
July 26 2005 12:16 PMJewish Guinea PigsWhat if a gene patent is bad for the Jews?
Dec. 31 2004 1:37 PMFireworks in Independence Square
Sept. 1 2004 6:42 PMDispatch From MoscowIn my Russia, the terrorists are winning.
Medical Examiner
June 21 2004 9:11 AMIn Which I Talk About Breasts, the Old Ones and the Possible New Ones
Medical Examiner
June 17 2004 10:01 AMIn Which I Learn a Little Bit About Why the Genetic Counseling Process Seems So Odd, and in Which I Also Start Learning To Talk About Breasts—and Cutting Them Off
Medical Examiner
June 14 2004 2:32 PMIn Which I Gain a Greater Understanding of Breasts and Ovaries
Aug. 2 1999 8:24 PMDispatches From Hell
July 23 2014 5:47 PMPutin Isn’t PanickingThe Flight 17 disaster is just one misstep in the Russian president’s wider war on the West.
March 12 2014 12:52 PMPro-Gay Companies Stop Being Pro-Gay in Russia. Here's How to Fix That.
Jan. 9 2014 5:40 PM“I Was My Own Person Again”The women of Pussy Riot made meaning out of a horrific experience in prison. Now, they’re launching another protest movement in Russia.
Aug. 26 2013 6:00 AMWhen Putin Declared War on Gay Families, It Was Time for Mine to Leave Russia
Tv Club
April 3 2013 11:00 PMThe Americans, Season 1What does a Russian make of the show’s depiction of Soviets?
Jan. 24 2011 4:17 PMDo Russians Have a Death Wish?Authorities were warned of the attack on Domodedovo Airport a week ago, but they didn't beef up security.
Nov. 25 2009 10:51 AMThe Last of the Voluntary Settlers
Nov. 23 2009 7:00 AMThe Worst Good Idea Ever
Jan. 1 2005 3:04 PMNext Year in Minsk
The Slate Gist
Sept. 4 2004 6:06 PMChechnyaWhat drives the separatists to commit such terrible outrages?
Medical Examiner
June 22 2004 9:01 AMIn Which I Draw Conclusions and Describe My Decision
Medical Examiner
June 18 2004 9:25 AMIn Which I Am Given New Hope, Which Is Crushed a Few Days Later
Medical Examiner
June 16 2004 12:10 PMIn Which I Speak With Oncologist Wendy Chen and Find Out That, While the Counselors' Recommendations Were Right, They Were Also Wrong
Medical Examiner
June 13 2004 7:58 AMIn Which I Find Out That I Am Genetically Mutant
July 27 1999 12:23 AMDispatches From Hell




More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows

The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.


Happy Constitution Day!

Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.

Is It Worth Paying Full Price for the iPhone 6 to Keep Your Unlimited Data Plan? We Crunch the Numbers.

What to Do if You Literally Get a Bug in Your Ear

  News & Politics
Sept. 17 2014 10:36 AM MacArthur Fellow Alison Bechdel Recounts Telling Her Mother About Her Best-Selling Memoir MacArthur Fellow Alison Bechdel recounts telling her mother about her best-selling memoir.
Sept. 16 2014 4:16 PM The iPhone 6 Marks a Fresh Chance for Wireless Carriers to Kill Your Unlimited Data
The Eye
Sept. 16 2014 12:20 PM These Outdoor Cat Shelters Have More Style Than the Average Home
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
Sept. 17 2014 11:06 AM Inside the Exclusive World of Members-Only Clubs
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 11:14 AM How Does That Geometry Problem Make You Feel? Computer tutors that can read students’ emotions.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 17 2014 11:18 AM A Bridge Across the Sky
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.