Owen Matthews

Bear baiting

25 June 2016 4:00 am

Oh those Russians. When they’re not beating up English football fans, they’re cheating at the Olympics. They occupy other countries…

Putin’s winning in Syria – but making a powerful new enemy

20 February 2016 9:00 am

In Syria, the Russian leader is on the verge of his biggest – and riskiest – coup yet

How Putin outwitted the West

10 October 2015 9:00 am

His cynical statecraft in Syria has run rings around Britain and America

Can Putin ban homosexuality and endorse polygamy? Yes he can

8 August 2015 9:00 am

The Kremlin is tying itself in ideological knots as it tries to make new friends in the Muslim world

Panic, profiteering and a mysterious girl in a Mini: notes from Moscow

17 January 2015 9:00 am

 Moscow Here we go again. The rouble slides, then tumbles, and slides again. For those of us who remember the…

Letter from Donetsk: peace, with missile attacks

11 October 2014 9:00 am

For what is technically peacetime, there’s a lot of shelling going on round here. Donetsk airport is still held by…

Meet Vladimir Putin's real challengers (they're even worse than he is)

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Cuddly liberals aren’t going to displace Putin: his real challengers are ultra-nationalists like Igor Strelkov

Vladimir Putin’s empire of lies

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Putin’s answer to the destruction of Flight MH17 has been more propaganda. In Russia, at least, it seems to be working

No, Putin didn’t plot to invade Ukraine. But now he might have to

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Further Russian military intervention would be a disaster. But Putin might have to do it anyway

A demonstration in Istanbul against the ban on Twitter, 22 March 2014

How did revolution become Istanbul's new normal?

5 April 2014 9:00 am

On a recent weekend I was thinking of taking my sons to downtown Istanbul to do some bazaar browsing. ‘Bad…

Let Putin have Crimea – and it will destroy him

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Losing Crimea will be the making of Ukraine. And gaining it might well destroy the Russian president

Vladimir Putin's new plan for world domination

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Russia is returning as an ideological force in the world – to champion conservative values

Putin’s own Cold War

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Russia is ever more hostile to the US. But the US no longer needs to care