Mark Galeotti

Why Zelensky is purging the security services of Ukraine

23 July 2022 4:30 pm

Could a general of the SBU, the security service of Ukraine, really have helped Russia take the city of Kherson?…

Russia is militarising its economy

9 July 2022 7:00 pm

The ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine isn’t a war – there’s a law and a possible maximum sentence (though no…

Does Putin’s ‘toxic masculinity’ really matter?

29 June 2022 11:33 pm

Apparently, if Vladimir Putin had been a woman, everything would be just tickety-boo. Speaking to German TV, Boris Johnson has said…

What Russia's military shake-up reveals about Putin's war in Ukraine

27 June 2022 4:51 pm

When General Alexander Dvornikov was made overall commander of Russia’s forces in April, it looked as if the amateurishness and…

How Russia’s cartoon heroine turned on Vladimir Putin

18 June 2022 5:30 pm

Vladimir Putin’s regime has a track record in building up public heroes whom it hopes to use, only to find…

Putin is no Peter the Great

11 June 2022 4:38 pm

Putin has a penchant for history, but only insofar it flatters him and his views. Last year, he gifted the…

How the West is helping Putin's propagandists

23 May 2022 5:10 pm

One might not think that J. R. R. Tolkien has much to do with the bitter war in Ukraine, but…

Does Putin have blood cancer?

14 May 2022 7:32 pm

Suddenly, we are all diagnosticians. Clips of a puffy Putin slurring his words, his hands twitching or clutching a table…

The real reason for Putin’s intelligence shake-up

11 May 2022 11:02 pm

It has been reported this week that Vladimir Putin is shifting responsibility for covert operations in Ukraine to a different…

How Ukraine rained on Putin’s parade

9 May 2022 7:17 pm

The Russians know how to put on a parade, and Victory Day is the showiest of the shows. It may…

Why Putin’s ‘Satanic’ missile launch matters

23 April 2022 12:48 am

In some ways, it’s a headline-writer’s dream: Putin puts his faith in Satan. In reality, it’s actually Putin’s new RS-28…

Putin is devouring his children

13 April 2022 9:22 pm

Like the Greek titan Cronos devouring his own children, Vladimir Putin seems determined to turn against those he was once…

The terrifying neo-Nazi mercenaries being deployed in Ukraine

9 April 2022 4:00 pm

Given how the Kremlin is so determined to portray Ukraine as a hotbed of Nazis, it is tragically ironic not…

Good riddance to Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Russia’s clown prince

7 April 2022 8:26 pm

He wanted to see the Baltic States bombarded with toxic waste. He brawled in parliament. He encouraged Vladimir Putin to declare…

Even Putin's Praetorian Guard is turning against him

28 March 2022 5:18 pm

You’d think a ruthless autocrat who believes he faces a West that wants to unseat him with people power would…

Russia’s best and brightest are fleeing Putin

24 March 2022 9:20 pm

News that Putin’s climate envoy Anatoly Chubais has quit his position and left the country is no great surprise and,…

Why is Putin firing a hypersonic missile in Ukraine?

20 March 2022 5:00 pm

Putin, like many other belligerent autocrats, does like his Wunderwaffen, or ‘wonder weapons.’ Now it appears he’s even used one…

Putin’s totalitarian turn

17 March 2022 9:49 pm

Putin, of course, can never be wrong. Hence the desperate struggle, familiar to other personalised authoritarianisms, to find suitable scapegoats,…

The West needs to prepare for guerrilla war in Ukraine

13 March 2022 10:00 pm

Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov warned this week that convoys of weapons being sent to Ukraine would be considered…

Is Russia becoming a dictatorship?

12 March 2022 9:00 pm

Is Russia heading for dictatorship? Some would think it is already there, but even today there are still some remnants…

Putin's propaganda machine is breaking down

28 February 2022 9:28 pm

As protests continue against the war in Ukraine, and as Russian casualties mount, the Kremlin has launched the predictable two-prong…

The war in Ukraine has divided Putin’s court

27 February 2022 9:30 pm

It is striking how little enthusiasm there is in Russia for Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine – but for some, it has…

Putin is deluded if he thinks Ukraine will quickly fold

24 February 2022 7:16 pm

So it’s war. For all Vladimir Putin may want to call it a ‘special military operation,’ as missiles rain down…

Has Putin outplayed Macron in Africa?

23 February 2022 10:15 pm

While the world is focused on Ukraine, Emmanuel Macron has withdrawn all French forces from Mali. Last weekend, thousands of…

Russia's Ukraine invasion is an own goal for Putin

22 February 2022 7:53 pm

Vladimir Putin does like to keep us guessing. While Western governments were warning in increasingly apocalyptic terms of a full-scale…