Mark Galeotti

Why is Putin still so desperate for Western validation?

12 June 2024 3:40 pm

Everyone loves Russia, or at least echoes its talking points – if you believe the country’s state media. Why should…

Why is Putin purging his generals?

24 May 2024 10:09 pm

Five down – how many more to go? As more and more senior Russian officers and defence officials are arrested…

What the Shoigu reshuffle means for Putin’s war machine

13 May 2024 7:03 pm

There was an expectation that the appointment of Vladimir Putin’s new government would see some change in the Russian security…

Why Russia’s ‘king of the kickback’ was arrested

28 April 2024 11:19 pm

The universal corruption of the Russian elite suits Vladimir Putin. When everyone has a skeleton in their closet, power rests…

Why is Russia jamming plane signals across Europe?

22 April 2024 9:53 pm

The ‘Baltic Beast’ is at it again. Mysterious – or not so mysterious – GPS signal disruption has become a…

How likely is Putin to target the Paris Olympics?

6 April 2024 10:19 pm

One thing the French seem to be learning (or, given their history, re-learning) is that the Russians are always up…

How Putin will rig the Russian election

16 March 2024 5:30 pm

Pity the poor political technologists, as Russia’s professionals in the dark arts of spin, propaganda, gerrymandering and outright ballot box…

Putin wants to talk about Russia’s future, not the war

1 March 2024 4:46 am

Vladimir Putin’s annual address to the Federation Council (the upper chamber of the legislature) is rarely an exciting event, but…

Putin’s nuclear doctrine has been revealed

29 February 2024 10:07 pm

Secret documents have been leaked that reveal Russian scenarios for war games involving simulated nuclear strikes. They shed light on…

Why Macron won’t send troops to Ukraine

28 February 2024 12:13 am

French President Emmanuel Macron does enjoy a good grandstanding. Having once been keen to present himself as a possible bridge-builder…

The fantastical myths that swirl around Vladimir Putin

26 February 2024 2:19 am

If there is one man who is probably happiest that Vladimir Putin’s travel schedule has been so heavily curtailed of…

Two years on, the Ukraine war matters more than ever

24 February 2024 7:18 pm

There are inevitably voices in the West questioning the value of committing more than £5.5 billion a month in support…

Expelling the Russian ambassador would be a mistake

23 February 2024 5:00 pm

Jacob Rees-Mogg spoke for many people horrified by Alexei Navalny’s death in a Russian prison last week when he suggested…

How the West can truly avenge Navalny’s death

20 February 2024 7:44 pm

With the Kremlin now claiming that it needs to hold on to the body of opposition leader Alexei Navalny for…

What Tucker Carlson gets wrong about Russia

17 February 2024 5:00 pm

‘I have seen the Future and it works,’ proclaimed leftist American journalist Lincoln Steffens after visiting Bolshevik Russia in 1919.…

How long will Nadezhdin dare to defy Putin?

8 February 2024 9:55 pm

Despite a little eleventh-hour drama, Boris Nadezhdin’s bid to become the only genuine opposition candidate in March’s Russian elections has…

Zelensky’s rivalry with Zaluzhny spells bad news for Ukraine

30 January 2024 8:14 pm

Is he out or not? After a night of claim, counter-claim, rumour and speculation, it appears that Ukrainian president Volodymyr…

Putin’s Kaliningrad visit wasn’t a threat to Nato

26 January 2024 9:03 pm

President visits part of his own country. Shock. Vladimir Putin’s visit yesterday to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, perched precariously…

Who shot down the plane carrying Ukrainian PoWs?

25 January 2024 1:50 am

It will prove to be a terrible and tragic irony if it turns out that Kyiv shot down a Russian…

Why is Zelensky echoing Putin’s rhetoric?

23 January 2024 4:14 am

Today is Ukraine’s Day of Unity which necessarily had to be marked with an expression of national pride. However, president…

Despite three years in prison, Navalny still scares Putin

20 January 2024 6:00 pm

The March presidential elections in Russia will, of course, be a stage-managed farce, but that doesn’t mean that real politics…

Has Putin really revived Stalin’s infamous spy-catching unit?

10 January 2024 10:02 pm

Is Moscow reviving a notorious 1940s security agency? Or is the suggestion that the infamous SMERSH counterintelligence unit has been…

Putin’s migrant conundrum

10 January 2024 5:00 pm

The Russian economy has become heavily dependent on migrant workers, largely from Central Asia. As the defence ministry tries to…

Russia’s egg shortage is panicking Putin

7 January 2024 9:02 pm

The fall of the house of the Romanovs in 1917 may have been a long time coming, but arguably it…

Why Putin didn’t mention the war in his New Year’s address

1 January 2024 9:13 pm

With ‘don’t mention the war!’ the order of the day, it felt as if Vladimir Putin’s message to his people…