Russia

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…

The EU is failing to stand up for eastern Europe

29 July 2021 8:42 am

Will the EU stand up for eastern Europe? This question is now being asked by Ukraine following the announcement of…

Why Joe Biden’s Russia-bashing is a tactical mistake

29 July 2021 5:28 am

You might not think that Geoff Norcott, the self-proclaimed conservative comedian, has something to contribute to western relations with Russia,…

How Macron was outfoxed by a dead Napoleonic general

14 July 2021 9:16 pm

Skeletons don’t always lurk in cupboards, some of them hide under dance floors waiting for a particularly rousing party to…

Inside a dictator's playground

11 July 2021 8:21 pm

Armed soldiers guard the barbed-wire compound. Helicopters buzz around the parameter, drifting above families on tandem bicycles. Groups of giggling…

The Soviet spectre haunting Afghanistan

10 July 2021 4:15 pm

As US and British forces pull out of Afghanistan, further victims of the ‘grave of empires’, Russia is experiencing a mix…

The Kremlin's plan to destabilise the West

10 July 2021 9:52 am

On Sunday, Russia releasedits new National Security Strategy. In many ways, it picked up from where the 2015 version left…

Why an EU-Russia summit was always going to fail

28 June 2021 9:46 pm

When Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel unilaterally proposed a European Union summit with Vladimir Putin, they managed to open deep…

The real reason Putin targeted HMS Defender

24 June 2021 3:57 pm

When military personnel talk of ‘theatres’ they mean a zone of conflict. Moscow seems to take the term increasingly literally,…

HMS Defender: What's behind the Navy's Russian incident?

24 June 2021 12:25 am

Assuming that reports are accurate, the world has just witnessed the most serious escalation between the UK and Russia since the…

How Russia lurched from vaccine victory to Covid crisis

21 June 2021 5:27 pm

Russia made headlines last August when it triumphantly unveiled its pioneering coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V. But now, nearly a year…

Biden and Putin have left Britain out in the cold

19 June 2021 4:11 pm

It would probably be wrong to say that Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin got on like a house on fire.…

Why the Biden-Putin summit wasn't a waste of time

17 June 2021 7:43 am

The meeting between U.S. president Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin in Geneva started cordially enough. A quick handshake, toothy smiles…

Why Russia and China are competing to woo Belarus

2 June 2021 9:35 pm

Belarus’s president Alexander Lukashenko has been roundly condemned following the arrest of Roman Protasevich, but he still has one ally. Lukashenko…

For journalists like Protasevich, free speech is a matter of life and death

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Last August I wrote a column in The Spectator’s US edition urging Donald Trump to take a leaf out of…

Russian memoirs are prone to a particular form of angst

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Perhaps the secret to understanding Russian history lies in its grammar: it lacks a pluperfect tense. In Latin, English and…

Why sanctions against Putin and his allies don’t work

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Sanctions against Putin and his allies don’t work

The sweet smell of success: the story behind Chanel No 5’s popularity

29 May 2021 9:00 am

This is a curious book, by turns profound and whimsical. Karl Schlögel, a professor of Eastern European history at Frankfurt,…

The Belarus hijacking reveals the West's complacency

25 May 2021 5:11 pm

On Sunday evening an act of appalling state kidnapping took place over the skies of Europe. Four alleged KGB officers…

Why Lukashenko keeps getting away with it

25 May 2021 5:16 am

The diversion of a Ryanair flight bound for Lithuania from Athens and the arrest of passenger Roman Protasevich – an…

A nuclear crisis is closer than you think

22 May 2021 8:02 pm

It has long been widely accepted as orthodoxy that the world was saved from nuclear war during the Cuban Missile…