Putin

Who poses a greater threat to the West: China or Russia?

12 January 2019 9:00 am

At the height of the Cold War, as the West faced off against Red China and the Soviet Union, people…

Trumpworld is spinning out of control

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Donald Trump’s Twitter feed was oddly silent as the news came that his former campaign manager and his former lawyer…

Putin says he’s making Russia great again. In reality, it’s crumbling

9 June 2018 9:00 am

This is Putin’s time. Next week, the Fifa World Cup kicks off in Moscow, and the Kremlin has spared no…

The long arm of the Russian super mafia

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Mark Galeotti’s study of Russian organised crime, the product of three decades of academic research and consultancy work, is more…

What the Windrush scandal reveals about Theresa May

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Everyone speaks about the Windrush. The boat was actually called the Empire Windrush. The full name reveals what the story…

Putin follows the example of Octavian

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Barely a day passes without yet another Russian explanation for the Salisbury nerve agent attack. What’s new? Such disinformation has…

For Putin, the World Cup is not about football but global respect

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Authoritarian regimes love grand international sporting events. There’s something about the mass regimentation, the set-piece spectacle, the old-fashioned idea of…

Viktor Orbán meets with Theresa May late last year (Photo: Getty)

The problem with Hungary

14 October 2017 9:00 am

The name of the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, is on the lips of most left-wing, liberal politicians and intellectuals…

Escalators in the atrium of Richard Rogers’s Lloyds building

Lost in the metropolis

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Richard Rogers is to architecture what Jamie Oliver is to cookery. It is not enough for either of them just…

Punks vs. Putin

9 September 2017 9:00 am

What makes for meaningful political protest? In regimes where ideology was taken seriously (such as the Soviet Union or America…

Lomasko gives a voice to the invisible and the unheard in her graphic novel, ‘Other Russias’

Beyond the pale

15 July 2017 9:00 am

You can tell everything you need to know about what Victoria Lomasko thinks of her homeland by the titles of…

The hopeless wasteland of modern Russia

4 June 2016 9:00 am

‘Gilded doorknobs,’ spits a Party diehard as she contemplates the blessings of the Soviet Union’s collapse. ‘Is this freedom?’ Dozens…

Might Eurovision determine the outcome of the EU referendum?

14 May 2016 9:00 am

You might not think that the Eurovision Song Contest (screened live from Stockholm tonight) could have any connection with how…

Martin Neely as Jeremy Corbyn and Natasha Lewis as Diane Abbott

The time when Putin seduced Corbyn in an East Berlin nightclub

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Corbyn the Musical feels like it comes from the heart. Did the writers live through the 1970s when the hard-left…

Marina Litvinenko: a tireless campaigner for justice for her late husband

The Litvinenko case: Mayfair murder most foul

26 March 2016 9:00 am

On 1 November 2006 Alexander Litvinenko, ex-KGB officer and by then a British citizen, met two of his former colleagues,…

Portrait of the week

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Home In the Budget, George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, kept talking of the ‘next generation’. He outlined cuts…

Neil Jordan: as seductive a novelist as film-maker

12 March 2016 9:00 am

The first and most important thing to say about The Drowned Detective is that it’s a very good novel and…

Who is more undemocratic, Putin or Brussel? I say Brussels — by far

5 March 2016 9:00 am

The rich are under attack nowadays, never more so than in America, where The Donald continues to trump his critics,…

Portrait of the week

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Home Two groups were launched, one in favour of remaining in the European Union and the other in favour of…

Bizarrely, Putin is talking more sense on Syria than anyone else

26 September 2015 8:00 am

At the outset of Syria’s brutal four-year civil war, I was an almost unique voice in the British media deploring…

Why I’ve finally given up on the left

19 September 2015 8:00 am

‘Tory, Tory, Tory. You’re a Tory.’ The level of hatred directed by the Corbyn left at Labour people who have…

Portrait of the week

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Home Talha Asmal, aged 17, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, died in a suicide bomb attack on forces near an oil…

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…

Portrait of the week

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said of the EU referendum: ‘If you want to be part of the government,…

Calling all British tourists — Ukraine needs you!

23 May 2015 9:00 am

 Kiev ‘What the hell’s going to happen to your poor country?’ I ask the man in the flea market not…