Russia

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…

Why did Hitler’s imperial dreams take Stalin by surprise?

15 May 2021 9:00 am

The most extraordinary thing, still, about Operation Barbarossa is the complete surprise the Wehrmacht achieved. In the early hours of…

Putin and Biden need one another

2 May 2021 4:00 pm

Does Joe Biden think that Putin is a killer? asked ABC host George Stephanopoulos. ‘Mmm-hmm, I do,’ answered the President.…

Alexei Navalny's big gamble

30 April 2021 3:58 pm

Alexei Navalny seems to undergoing a metamorphosis. Yesterday, we saw him attending another trial by video, looking gaunt after 24…

Why isn't the West standing up for the Czech Republic?

28 April 2021 12:59 am

The discovery by Czech intelligence services that a bombing of an ammunitions and weapons depot in 2014 that killed two…

Putin’s on manoeuvres – are we ready?

24 April 2021 9:00 am

‘What follows plague?’ I asked a medieval historian at the start of the pandemic. ‘War,’ he replied. In recent days,…

Putin steps back from the Ukrainian brink

23 April 2021 10:02 pm

After weeks building up forces in Crimea and close to the Ukrainian border — over 100,000, all told — Moscow…

The rules of Putin's game

22 April 2021 4:05 pm

What does Putin want? It’s more straightforward than you might think: usually the answer is ‘what he says’. It’s worth remembering…

Can Biden bring relations with Russia back from the brink?

21 April 2021 4:00 pm

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov delivered a depressing assessment on the state of U.S.-Russia relations earlier this month. While holding…

Two spies, an explosion, and the new Czech rift with Russia

20 April 2021 12:28 am

‘Putin is a murderer,’ read the signs carried by protestors outside the Russian Embassy in Prague on Sunday. On Saturday…

The truth about Russia’s hidden Covid deaths

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Putin’s hidden Covid deaths

The Kremlin's strategy to undermine Britain

14 April 2021 11:56 pm

The past week has seen the war in Ukraine, which has been simmering for the last seven years, once more…

How the West can respond to Putin’s military build-up

13 April 2021 4:00 pm

In the last few weeks, Russia has been flaunting its military build-up in and around Ukraine, sending 20,000 extra troops,…

Biden's backhanded bid to kill Nord Stream 2

9 April 2021 6:00 pm

Washington, D.C. is universally known as a town divided, a place where compromise and dialogue are often sacrificed at the…

Berlin has been bounced into accepting Sputnik

9 April 2021 12:04 am

Munich has had enough of the vaccine chaos in Berlin and Brussels. In a surprise announcement on Wednesday, Bavaria’s minister…

The EU's decline is self-inflicted

28 March 2021 6:40 pm

In 1991, at the height of the first Gulf War, the EU demonstrated to the world its divisions and helplessness,…

What does Belarus's opposition leader want?

7 March 2021 12:03 am

There is an assumption that those fighting tyranny must instead want Western-style democracy, that the arc of history bends towards…

America's Russian sanctions are futile

3 March 2021 6:06 pm

During the 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden promised to approach Russia and its irascible President Vladimir Putin with a new…

A defeated Armenia descends into turmoil

27 February 2021 3:37 am

Ever since its disastrous military defeat at the hands of Azerbaijan last year, Armenia has suffered from a wave of…

Amnesty International has undermined Navalny's fight for freedom

24 February 2021 10:15 pm

In his fight against Putin, Alexei Navalny needs all the help he can get. The might of the Russian state…

Power jab: the rise of vaccine diplomacy

20 February 2021 9:00 am

An international power tussle over vaccines is under way

How a Roman emperor would handle Navalny

20 February 2021 9:00 am

A Roman emperor would consider the tyrant Putin’s treatment of Alexei Navalny’s supporters as foolish but, looking at Russia as…

Why Eastern Europe is looking to Russia and China for vaccines

18 February 2021 6:00 pm

With Central and Eastern European countries still gripped by Covid-19, the EU’s slow vaccine rollout has offered little solace in…

Will Iron Felix scare Moscow’s protesters?

14 February 2021 6:00 pm

While in the West, the debate seems to be about which statue to topple next, in Russia it’s rather different.…