Robin Ashenden

‘In Russia, there’s just emptiness': An interview with a Putin draft dodger

15 October 2022 5:15 pm

Thousands of Russians are fleeing from Putin’s forced mobilisation. To escape from a call-up – and probable death sentence –…

Do Russia's conscripts deserve our sympathy?

28 September 2022 7:27 pm

Russia’s new crop of conscripts are a desperate, dejected bunch. A photograph showing an Orthodox priest blessing these men as they…

When the Ceausescus came to tea

17 September 2022 5:00 pm

Anyone still in any doubt about the lengths to which Queen Elizabeth II was prepared to go in the line…

Liz Truss should aspire to emulate Thatcher in Russia

1 September 2022 4:00 pm

The Russian political and media establishment have got Liz Truss in their sights once again. As well as analyst Igor…

Aleksandr Dugin’s daughter paid the cost for his beliefs

23 August 2022 11:59 pm

In the spring of 1994, year three of the Bosnian war, Ana, the daughter of the Bosnian Serb Lieutenant Colonel…

How Russia's war in Ukraine has changed Estonia's outlook

1 August 2022 9:48 pm

Estonian Independence Day – celebrating the country’s 1991 emancipation from the Soviet Union and the Kremlin – takes place on…

Tory MPs will regret giving Kemi and Penny the boot

24 July 2022 3:45 pm

If the chaos of recent weeks in British politics has clarified anything, it’s the almost complete schism between Conservative MPs and…

Boris Johnson will be a hard act to follow in Ukraine

16 July 2022 12:57 am

‘Every human life has many aspects,’ said the novelist Milan Kundera. ‘The past of each can just as easily arranged…

Will Putin succeed where Stalin and Khrushchev failed in Ukraine?

1 July 2022 4:38 pm

A few weeks after Putin’s war against Ukraine began on 24 February, an infamous article was published in RIA Novosti,…

Why Georgia is going mad for Ukraine

2 June 2022 7:00 pm

Georgia seems to have gone Ukraine crazy since the outbreak of war in February. Taxi drivers have the Ukrainian flag…