Mark Galeotti

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…

Nikolai Patrushev, the man dripping poison into Putin’s ear

29 March 2023 4:26 am

If I were to have to pick the figure in Vladimir Putin’s inner circle who scares me the most, it…

Dmitry Medvedev and the weakness of Putin’s Kremlin

24 March 2023 8:02 pm

It’s a long time since Dmitry Medvedev was last considered a potential liberal hope for Russia. Most recently, after all,…

After his trip to Moscow, Xi Jinping still holds all the cards

22 March 2023 10:26 pm

After his arrival in Moscow on Monday, President Xi Jinping said that China is ready, along with Russia, ‘to stand…

Wagner’s founder Evgeny Prigozhin is in a fight for his life

13 March 2023 10:02 pm

As Wagner mercenaries are being deliberately expended by the regular military as cannon-fodder in the battle for Bakhmut, their backer,…

How Russia is dodging sanctions

10 March 2023 11:21 pm

They might not be the quick knock-out blow their champions misleadingly claimed they’d be, but sanctions are having a serious…

Did the Ukrainians bomb the Nord Stream pipeline?

8 March 2023 10:28 pm

There’s an uncomfortable fact about covert operations in the information-saturated modern world. Like personal WhatsApp messages, they always leak –…

Ukraine’s drone war on Russia could backfire

1 March 2023 9:31 pm

Vladimir Putin has sold his Ukrainian war to the Russian people by trying to find the sweet spot between existential…

Why is Zelensky playing deadly mind games with Putin?

28 February 2023 12:05 am

Many have weighed in on how Vladimir Putin’s reign will end. Now it is the turn of Volodymyr Zelensky, asserting…

Has Prigozhin pushed his luck too far with Putin?

25 February 2023 5:00 pm

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the businessman behind Russia’s Wagner Group mercenaries, is hardly a man to keep a low profile. He is…

Macron is right about the danger of Russia after Putin

20 February 2023 11:41 pm

France’s President Macron has raised hackles time and again with his interventions on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. For all his…

Putin’s real threat comes from Russia’s ‘turbo-patriots’

7 February 2023 5:57 pm

Does Vladimir Putin face a challenge, not from cuddly, West-looking liberals, but from even sharper-toothed nationalists? Certainly this is suddenly…

Tank warfare: why the West is worried about arming Ukraine

28 January 2023 9:00 am

Ukraine’s top soldier, General Valery Zaluzhny, has said that if he is to launch a successful counter-offensive, the West will…

Tank warfare: why the West is worried about arming Ukraine

26 January 2023 12:08 am

Ukraine’s top soldier, General Valery Zaluzhny, has said that if he is to launch a successful counter-offensive, the West will…

Putin is using fear to mobilise the masses

22 January 2023 2:26 am

There was nothing subtle about it, as cranes lifted truck-based Pantsir-S1 air defence systems onto the roofs of the sprawling…

Will Putin’s latest general escalate the war in Ukraine?

12 January 2023 6:09 pm

So, one granite-faced general has been replaced by another. The announcement that, after just three months in post, General Sergei…

The age of AI diplomacy 

7 January 2023 9:00 am

The age of AI diplomacy

Putin’s hollow dream of a mightier army

23 December 2022 1:38 am

Who needs Santa when you have Vladimir Putin? Just in time for Christmas, the Russian president has promised his military…

Putin’s hawks are turning on each other

16 December 2022 6:03 pm

Feathers are flying and divisions are widening among Russia’s hawks as the degree to which the invasion of Ukraine was…

Ilya Yashin is in jail, but his words will sting Vladimir Putin

10 December 2022 12:37 am

Fewer than one in 100 defendants in the Russian court system get acquitted. Even in the best of circumstances then,…

The Viktor Bout hostage swap is a victory for the Kremlin

9 December 2022 9:52 pm

After a quiet swap in the United Arab Emirates, the American basketball star Brittney Griner is out of a Russian…

Putin’s peace talks bluff has been called out

3 December 2022 7:00 pm

It is almost as if Vladimir Putin doesn’t mean it when he claims to be open to peace talks with…

Is Putin really to blame for this Belarusian minister’s sudden death?

29 November 2022 8:30 pm

Saturday’s news of the sudden death of Belarusian foreign minister Vladimir Makei, as well as the rather terse nature of…

Why Ukraine raided a Kyiv monastery

23 November 2022 5:30 pm

Perhaps it should not have been a surprise to see the camouflaged special forces of the SBU, the Ukrainian Security…