Mark Galeotti

The decline and fall of Sergei Lavrov

16 November 2022 9:08 pm

First came the claims that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was admitted to hospital in Bali on arriving for the…

Russia will be sweating over its withdrawal from Kherson

10 November 2022 6:56 am

Almost everyone has known that the city of Kherson, stranded on the right bank of the Dnipro River, was all…

Is Russia preparing to surrender Kherson?

5 November 2022 7:37 pm

Will they stay or will they go? The southern Ukrainian city of Kherson has become the current focus of the…

Ukraine is becoming a showroom for modern weaponry

5 November 2022 9:00 am

Ukraine is becoming a test ground for other countries’ weapons

Is Putin preparing a nuclear strike?

26 October 2022 1:49 am

Russia is peddling implausible tales of Ukrainian ‘dirty bombs’. Kyiv and the West are embarked on a campaign to counter…

Tsar Vladimir brings in martial law

20 October 2022 3:10 am

Martial law can arrive with a bang: tanks on the streets, Swan Lake on the TV. It can also creep…

The misconception about Putin's big red nuclear button

16 October 2022 3:00 am

There is a common misconception that the leaders of nuclear states have a ‘red button’ that can unleash Armageddon. As…

Putin's attack dog brings a terrible type of warfare to Ukraine

10 October 2022 9:58 pm

The Crimean Bridge bombing was an unwelcome gift to both Vladimir Putin – who had celebrated his 70th birthday the…

How should the West respond to Putin’s threats?

8 October 2022 9:00 am

How should the West respond to Putin’s threats?

Even Putin’s minions are turning against him

30 September 2022 10:13 pm

Sergei Melikov, head of the Dagestan Republic within the Russian Federation, is hardly a dissident. As Colonel General Melikov, he…

The Nord Stream blasts are Putin's warning shot to the West

28 September 2022 10:50 pm

While the Ukrainians are fighting a conventional war on their own territory, Russia and the West are engaged in an…

Even Putin knows he is losing

21 September 2022 7:45 pm

Vladimir Putin’s latest escalation over Ukraine not only demonstrates that even he doesn’t think he’s winning the war but what…

The Queen’s funeral and Russia’s post-modern propaganda state

21 September 2022 4:09 pm

Modern Russia is a propaganda state, but not in the same way as the Soviet Union. The Kremlin has squeezed…

How will Putin respond to his latest defeat?

12 September 2022 2:17 am

Russia is retreating at speed along the Kharkiv front, leaving behind burnt-out tanks and, even more tellingly, undamaged ones, too.…

Why even Vladimir Putin has paid tribute to the Queen

9 September 2022 11:41 pm

It is a mark of the Queen’s standing that even Vladimir Putin, in the midst of an undeclared economic and…

Russia's Ben Stiller ban is a sign of Putin's desperation

8 September 2022 4:25 pm

What do Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, the chairman of the BBC, Piers Morgan, and, er, me, have in common? The…

What the defenestration of Ravil Maganov says about Russia

2 September 2022 4:02 pm

In my travels when I was still persona grata in Russia, I never got the sense that their windows were…

Gorbachev was no saint. But he was a kind of hero

31 August 2022 8:08 am

Mikhail Gorbachev is dead at the age of 91, and in a way I feel orphaned. I became fascinated by…

The stalemate in Ukraine won't last forever

24 August 2022 3:00 pm

Addressing the vexed question of who is winning the war in Ukraine, six months on, is a task to challenge…

What the Dugin assassination tells us about Russia

22 August 2022 12:05 am

Car bombs used to be a fixture of gangland feuds in 1990s Russia but have since fallen out of fashion. This…

Ukraine has found Russia’s Achilles’ heel in Crimea

17 August 2022 12:12 am

Another day, another Russian arms depot up in smoke. The latest attack, this time on an ammunition storage site near…

Ukraine’s Crimean strike marks a new stage of the war

11 August 2022 4:39 pm

For most Russians, the brutal realities of Vladimir Putin’s ‘special military operation’ have not really struck home. Ukraine’s attack on…

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…