Owen Matthews

Putin’s purge of his top generals

1 June 2024 9:00 am

In the past month, Vladimir Putin has had five top generals arrested on corruption charges. More are likely to follow…

The US war aid might be too little, too late for Ukraine

21 April 2024 4:12 pm

At the last possible moment, after months of prevarication and with Russian troops on the brink of a major breakthrough…

Will Biden support Ukraine’s attacks on Russia?

13 April 2024 9:00 am

This time last year, Volodymyr Zelensky was touring western capitals, calling for weapons and money to launch a decisive summer…

The Moscow terror attack is Putin’s 9/11

26 March 2024 5:15 pm

The Crocus City Hall attack blindsided Putin’s vast security state. Employing nearly a million policemen, 340,000 national guards and over…

Pope Francis’s unhelpful Ukraine comments

11 March 2024 4:49 am

Pope Francis has made a statement on the Ukraine war that has sparked fury among many of Kyiv’s supporters. Asked…

Ukraine’s spirit isn’t even close to broken

17 February 2024 9:00 am

Rome and Kyiv have one thing in common – the distinctive whine of motor-scooter engines in the night. The difference…

The tragedy of Alexei Navalny

17 February 2024 1:00 am

I knew and greatly respected Alexei Navalny. The news (as yet not independently confirmed) that he died in prison came…

Putin’s ‘peace’ is a partitioned Ukraine

6 January 2024 9:00 am

Is Vladimir Putin trying to end his war in Ukraine? According to recent reports, the Kremlin has launched a new…

The heady, hedonistic summer in which I became a life-long foreigner

2 December 2023 9:00 am

Rome I have spent almost all my adult life as a foreigner. When I graduated from Oxford I faced a…

The exiled activists who dream of dismantling the Russian empire

23 September 2023 9:00 am

The dream of the dismantling of the Russian empire

Why the US will decide Ukraine’s fate

2 September 2023 9:00 am

The US will decide Ukraine’s fate

Yevgeny Prigozhin was a dead man walking

24 August 2023 7:11 am

Yevgeny Prigozhin died, as Macbeth almost said, as one that had been studied in his death. In the last three…

The Ukrainian war is coming to Moscow

5 August 2023 9:00 am

War is coming home to Moscow

Russia’s complex relationship with the ruble

29 July 2023 9:00 am

The first banknotes were greeted with deep suspicion in 1769 – but it was nothing to the distrust that Soviet and post-Soviet issues aroused

The Wagner Group isn’t Russia’s only private army

1 July 2023 9:00 am

The Wagner Group isn’t Russia’s only private army

Prigozhin has made Putin more dangerous than ever

25 June 2023 9:06 pm

As rebel tanks trundled up the highway towards Moscow yesterday morning, Vladimir Putin labelled the mutinous mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin…

Why Prigozhin rebelled

25 June 2023 3:09 am

Civil war broke on Russia like a thunderstorm, replacing weeks of mounting political heat with a deluge of fire and…

Where’s Putin? The Russian leader is losing control

17 June 2023 9:00 am

The Russian leader is losing control

Erdogan made himself indispensable – to Turkey and the West

30 May 2023 12:21 am

Some Turks voted for the devil they knew. More voted for the hero they knew. Either way, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s…