From poisonings to annexations: a timeline of Russia’s fallout with the West

I’ve observed Russia for decades, from within and outside. I traveled a lot for education and eventually immigrated to the US, but feel I have a good grasp of how Russia and its relation with the West have evolved. Below is my account of the key events — a casual one, not an attempt to analyze history or make judgments.

Yeltsin and the 1990s

It was a very turbulent decade as Russia tried to march away from the Soviet epoch towards a bright future. Russia’s relations with the…