Mark Galeotti

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…

Does Putin use body doubles?

28 December 2023 11:00 am

It has become something of a fad to try to identify and quantify the body doubles of Vladimir Putin. There are…

Why Ukraine’s attack on the Novocherkassk warship matters

26 December 2023 9:53 pm

It was not quite in time for Christmas (which Ukraine now celebrates on 25 December, after switching this year from…

Vladimir Putin bores the nation

15 December 2023 3:34 am

From time to time, the tsar must listen to the complaints of his subjects. Having dodged this duty last year,…

An election campaign is still dangerous for Putin

10 December 2023 7:35 pm

It was elaborately staged precisely to try and look unstaged. After a medals ceremony at the Kremlin for Heroes of…

The US Senate is playing into Putin’s hands

10 December 2023 12:00 am

The news this week that Republicans in the US Senate had voted together to block a supplemental funding bill that…

Sanctions against Russia haven’t failed

25 November 2023 11:00 am

One of Russia’s toxic TV presenters recently cackled that Western sanctions ‘have only helped Russia wean itself off dependence on…

Putin isn’t afraid of Cameron

14 November 2023 8:13 pm

Considering the obsession Russia has with Britain as the source of all its woes, it is perhaps surprising how David…

Is the West losing interest in Ukraine?

6 November 2023 5:30 pm

There’s a very different tone coming from Kyiv these days. Speaking to Time magazine, Volodymyr Zelensky had just returned from Washington…

Why the Kremlin will fear Dagestan’s anti-Semitic mob

30 October 2023 8:25 pm

As the war in Gaza continues to have global repercussions, a mob in the southern Russian city of Makhachkala stormed…

Ukraine’s sabotage tricks are causing concern in Washington

29 October 2023 6:30 pm

There has never been any doubt that Ukraine was the focus of an intelligence war as much as a physical…

ATACMS missiles alone won’t change the game in Ukraine

21 October 2023 5:30 pm

America’s ATACMS long-range missiles were a potential ‘game changer’ to the war in Ukraine to some, a potential source of…

Putin has been blindsided by the Israel attack

12 October 2023 6:16 pm

Inevitably, some have tried to suggest the terrorist invasion of Israel was in some ways orchestrated by Moscow. ‘Russia is…

Why a gangster’s death in Central Asia matters

5 October 2023 11:03 pm

Such is the globalisation of the modern underworld, that the fate of a gangster you may never have heard of,…

By striking Crimea, Kyiv shows Putin that nowhere is safe

27 September 2023 6:23 pm

Admiral Viktor Sokolov, commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, appears to be Schrodinger’s admiral, alive according to Moscow, dead according…

The EU needs a coherent strategy on Russian sanctions

16 September 2023 4:30 pm

This week, the European Union opted to extend sanctions on some 1,800 Russian companies and individuals for another six months,…

Putin’s North Korea summit was pure theatre

14 September 2023 7:11 pm

If a little tyrant theatre is your goal, then rumbling across the border in an armoured train decked out like…

Why Putin is pointing the finger at Britain

13 September 2023 3:17 am

Perfidious Albion is, we are told, at it again. In the course of a wide-ranging and often quite surreal speech…

Prigozhin’s death has exposed Putin’s weakness

24 August 2023 4:51 pm

So much is still unclear about the fate of Wagner group head Yevgeny Prigozhin, from whether he really did die…

Sanctions are failing to turn Putin’s oligarchs against him

21 August 2023 4:59 pm

When personal sanctions on Russian oligarchs and officials were imposed by the UK, US and EU after Putin’s invasion, the…

Why the Kremlin sees Britain as the ultimate bogeyman

17 August 2023 10:37 pm

Perfidious Albion is at it again. The Kremlin’s increasingly unhinged obsession with seeing a British hand behind its various upsets…