Gregory Feifer reports for NPR from Moscow, covering Russia's resurgence under President Vladimir Putin and the country's transition to the post-Putin era. He files from other former Soviet republics and across Russia, where he's observed the effects of the country's vast new oil wealth on an increasingly nationalistic society as well as Moscow's rekindling of a new Cold War-style opposition to the West.
Before joining NPR in 2005, Feifer lived in Paris and New York, and wrote for outlets including Radio Free Europe, Agence France Presse and World Policy Journal. He witnessed the coup d'Ã©tat attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991, and later, on a fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs, examined the end of Russia's Yeltsin era and subsequent transformation into an authoritarian state.
Feifer is the author of The Great Gamble, a history of the Soviet war experience in Afghanistan, to be published by HarperCollins in 2009. He also co-wrote Spy Handler with former KGB colonel Victor Cherkashin. It was published by Basic Books in 2005.
Feifer earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Harvard University. He lives in Moscow with his wife Elizabeth and son Sebastian.