Mark Galeotti

Moscow’s Pyrrhic Nato victory

14 July 2023 4:45 pm

Despite the inevitable and performative expressions of anger, regret and dismay following this week’s Nato summit, Moscow feels it has…

Putin is struggling to solve his Prigozhin problem

11 July 2023 1:32 am

It’s satisfying when a jigsaw piece slots into place. Today we heard that Wagner leader Evgeny Prigozhin met Vladimir Putin in the…

Yevgeny Prigozhin

The Kremlin is trying to humiliate Prigozhin

7 July 2023 8:33 pm

When corrupt Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was toppled in 2014, his private estate at Mezhyhirya turned out to contain an…

After Putin: how nervous should we be?

1 July 2023 9:00 am

The next generation is waiting for Putin to fall

Putin faces challenge from his own creation

24 June 2023 11:12 pm

It took a characteristically long time for Vladimir Putin to respond to the coup-that-dare-not-speak-its-name launched by Yevgeny Prigozhin, but when…

The Kremlin is still afraid of Alexei Navalny

21 June 2023 3:11 am

As Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is once again in court, facing charges that could extend his time in prison…

Putin is lining up a lengthy list of scapegoats for his war

15 June 2023 6:21 pm

Lately Vladimir Putin has been strikingly unwilling to subject himself to any serious debate about his war in Ukraine. On…

Will Putin manage to spin Kyiv’s counter-offensive as a victory?

10 June 2023 8:32 pm

The Ukrainian counter-offensive has duly started and, needless to say, there is a rush to judgement. It is going to…

Russia flounders as Kyiv gears up for its counter-offensive

5 June 2023 8:34 pm

According to Moscow, Ukraine’s long-awaited counter-offensive has begun, and has begun badly for Kyiv. Of course, we need to treat…

Ukraine’s next move: can Putin be outsmarted?

27 May 2023 9:00 am

Ukraine cannot afford to play it safe

Russia’s fake news machine has a fresh target

21 May 2023 3:30 pm

There is a certain perverse cachet in one’s words being wilfully distorted by someone who thinks it gives their argument…

Why has Ukraine admitted that it assassinates people in Russia?

19 May 2023 8:35 pm

After months of flat denials, the head of Ukrainian military intelligence has admitted that Kyiv is carrying out a campaign…

Prigozhin’s ‘treachery’ poses a dangerous challenge to Putin

16 May 2023 5:27 am

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the businessman behind the Wagner mercenary army, likes accusing his political enemies of ‘treason’ for not backing him…

The Black Sea is Nato’s new front line against Russia

14 May 2023 4:00 pm

Earlier this month, an unarmed Polish aircraft monitoring potential human smuggling and illegal fishing on the Black Sea almost ditched…

War in Ukraine rains on Putin’s Victory Day parade

9 May 2023 9:22 pm

It may be having trouble on the battlefield, but the Russian army does know how to stage a parade. Behind…

Putin has made Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin eat his words

8 May 2023 10:43 pm

He huffed, and he puffed, and he damn near blew his own house down. The way Yevgeny Prigozhin, the man…

How ordinary Russians continue to resist Putin

6 May 2023 3:00 pm

Russia is gearing up for its annual festival of state-sponsored militarist kitsch that are the 9 May Victory Day celebrations,…

What’s the truth about the Kremlin drone attack?

4 May 2023 12:57 am

The Russian government has claimed that ‘two unmanned aerial vehicles were aimed at the Kremlin. As a result of timely…

What’s behind Putin’s digital crackdown on draft dodgers?

1 May 2023 7:28 pm

With the break-neck pace with which it tends to respond to measures coming from the Kremlin, this month Russia’s parliament…

Can Zelensky hold back his hawks?

27 April 2023 1:15 am

There is no doubt that the West supports Ukraine’s fight for its sovereignty and survival. There is equally no doubt…

Russia’s spy ships are playing mind games in British waters

20 April 2023 10:16 pm

The news that Russian spy ships appear to be mapping British and other underwater cables and pipelines in the North…

The US intelligence leak and the hypocrisy of the spy world

15 April 2023 2:40 am

So what did everyone learn from the massive trove of more than a hundred top secret US documents a 21-year-old…

Kyiv wants to make it untenable for Russia to hold Crimea

7 April 2023 8:30 pm

Crimea matters to Russians – whether they adore or abhor Vladimir Putin – in a way none of the other…

Who is behind the murder of Putin’s propagandist?

3 April 2023 7:47 pm

Those who live by hate often die by hate, too. Maxim Fomin, better known as Vladlen Tatarsky, was one of…

The kidnapping of a journalist and Russia’s descent into thugocracy

31 March 2023 2:35 am

It’s a crude but inescapable fact of history that many states had their origins in better-organised bandit gangs. It’s a…