Eastern Europe's toxic relationship with Russia has left the EU divided

23 January 2022 7:00 pm

Joe Biden’s fatalistic statement this week that suggested a ‘minor incursion’ by Russia into Ukraine might be tolerated by the…

In the pipeline: would Germany side with Russia in a conflict?

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Germany’s curious alliance with Russia

My new nickname for Putin

15 January 2022 9:00 am

According to the new Chief of the Defence Staff, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, the Russians wish to ‘put at risk…

Haunted: the spectre of revolution is stalking Putin

15 January 2022 9:00 am

The spectre of revolution is stalking Putin

Portrait of the week: No. 10’s garden party, Djokovic’s visa row and France’s vaccine protests

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson admitted to attending evening drinks for about 40 staff in the garden of 10 Downing Street on…

Was the Kazakhstan uprising an attempted Jihadi takeover?

11 January 2022 8:15 pm

The Kazakh uprising is over. The stench of burnt-out vehicles and bombed out buildings in Kazakhstan’s most populous city and…

What the Russians thought of James Bond in the 1960s

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Last year I wrote a piece about James Bond for the ‘Freelance’ column of the Times Literary Supplement. All true…

The genius of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker score

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The enduring appeal of The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score is nothing less than the sound of Christmas

Is Vladimir Putin really willing to invade Ukraine?

11 December 2021 8:00 pm

Is Putin preparing to invade Ukraine? It certainly looks that way, with western intelligence agencies estimating this week that around…

The battle for Ukraine has already been lost

9 December 2021 11:42 pm

Forget the ‘commitment‘ of the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Ukraine’s sovereignty, the EU’s ‘firm and decisive’ support, and…

Britain's duty to the Black Sea

27 November 2021 4:00 am

With Russian troops massing on Ukraine’s borders, the Black Sea is looking choppy. While that may seem to have little…

The art and science of Fabergé

20 November 2021 9:00 am

From quartz to quince: Daisy Dunn on the art and science of Fabergé

Ukrainian annexation is already happening

18 November 2021 9:00 pm

Nato and the EU are fearing a Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine. They have reason to be concerned, given that Russia…

Is Russia preparing to invade Ukraine?

17 November 2021 8:30 am

I can still hear the battlefields of eastern Ukraine. Just a mile or so from us, thousands of Russian troops…

Putin's plan for Ukraine

15 November 2021 1:36 pm

Vladimir Putin’s message was as clear — and familiar — as his method. The Kremlin has begun another major build-up of troops…

Lukashenko and Putin are exploiting Europe's migration muddle

12 November 2021 7:11 pm

At the border of Belarus and Poland, camps of migrants wait for a chance to cross the border into the…

How Turkey is fuelling the Belarus-Poland migrant crisis

11 November 2021 5:35 am

In the cold, damp forest lining the border between Poland and Belarus, thousands of refugees flown over from the Middle…

Cold War, hot planet

6 November 2021 9:40 am

Chelyabinsk is one of the most polluted places in the world. On 29 September 1957, an explosion ripped through the…

Under deep suspicion in Beirut, Kim Philby still carried on regardless

16 October 2021 9:00 am

The story of the Cambridge spies has been served up so often that it has become stale — too detailed,…

Is Russia ready for life after Putin?

24 September 2021 8:03 am

When Russians headed to the polls last week, the Duma election results were never in doubt: Putin’s United Russiaparty won…

Russian spies and the return of the Cold War

18 August 2021 8:01 am

Last week’s arrest of a security guard employed at the British embassy in Berlin, on suspicion of spying for Russia,…

More diplomacy won’t stop the advance of the Taliban

11 August 2021 5:55 am

On 11 August, at Russia’s initiative, an ‘extended troika’ will meet in Doha, Qatar to take stock of the Taliban’s…

Why Russia’s Olympic punishment backfired

9 August 2021 5:13 pm

The Tokyo Olympics are over and fifth place in the medals table went to the ‘ROC’, the Russian Olympic Committee.…

Springtime for Putin: Grange Park's The Life and Death of Alexander Litvinenko reviewed

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Alexander Litvinenko lies in a London hospital, dying of polonium poisoning. That photograph from 2006 haunts the memory: the medical…

Ella Pamfilova and the dismantling of Russia’s democracy

29 July 2021 4:59 pm

Vladimir Putin’s Russia is hardly known for its free and fair elections. But a purge of the field ahead of…