Chechnya

Inside Putin’s mind: the lessons of Chechnya

26 March 2022 9:00 am

The lessons of Chechnya

Ukrainians fear Chechen fighters. Russian soldiers hate them

16 March 2022 6:00 pm

Residents fleeing the Kiev suburb of Bucha reported Chechens machine-gunning cars, even those with the word ‘children’written in their windscreens.…

Marie Colvin, a year before her death. [Rex Features]

For Marie Colvin, mortal danger was what made life worth living

1 December 2018 9:00 am

When Britain finally lowered the flag in the Iraqi city of Basra in 2007, the army’s top brass valiantly claimed…

The Bridgeman Art Library

Laurence Oliphant: oddest of Victorian oddballs

12 March 2016 9:00 am

As an erstwhile obituarist, I pity the poor hack who had to write up the life of Laurence Oliphant —…

Isis takes its British schoolgirl jihadis seriously. Why don’t we?

10 October 2015 9:00 am

When the first schoolgirls ran away to Isis I had some sympathy for them — at least, I could see…

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

The Boston marathon bombers: Muslim radicals or ordinary American citizens?

20 June 2015 9:00 am

As Masha Gessen herself admits — and as friends and journalist colleagues repeatedly told her — it was a strange…