Russia

Alexei Navalny: a profile in courage

18 January 2021 10:32 am

Vladimir Putin likes his opponents in exile: it makes them easier to portray as defectors who have turned their back…

Is Joe Biden’s administration fit for the 2020s?

16 January 2021 6:09 pm

Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees have been warmly received by the massed ranks of anti-Trumpists in Washington. But the warmth stateside…

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The fight for liberalism

20 December 2020 2:12 am

The world has many island nations, and sometimes the United States counts itself among them. We have water on either side of us,…

Putin’s festive message: the world’s naughty, but I'm nice

18 December 2020 7:30 pm

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. When a reclusive figure comes bearing gifts, when the air is full…

Netflix's Barbarians taught me those Romans had it coming

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Of all the times and places to have been on the wrong side of history, I can’t imagine many worse…

Cold war: Russia’s bid to control the Arctic

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Russia’s bid to control the Arctic

Russians are wary of Putin's vaccine

4 December 2020 6:20 pm

Never one to let a bandwagon pass by, Vladimir Putin launched his own national vaccine programme the moment Britain said…

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Biden’s Brezhnev vibes

4 December 2020 2:01 am

Like many other Americans who had the misfortune to live under socialism, I’ve been having lots of flashbacks lately. In…

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Can you really blame Trump supporters for refusing to accept the election result?

14 November 2020 7:24 am

It’s been a week and a half since Election Day and the results are still not certified — some votes…

Erdogan’s game: why Turkey has turned against the West

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Why Turkey is severing its links with the West

Why did Balakirev's beautiful, inventive works go out of fashion?

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Anyone who invited the Russian composer Mily Balakirev to dinner had to be jolly careful about the fish they served.…

Our Belarusian blind spot

29 August 2020 9:00 am

I’d always rather liked the Finns, until I came across the conductor Dalia Stasevska. When I asked my mother what…

Portrait of the week: BBC drops songs, museum drops Sloane, and KFC and John Lewis drop slogans

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Home Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, made pupils wear face-coverings in school corridors. It didn’t take long for…

Portrait of the week: Employment falls, exam failures and a roundabout rigmarole

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Home In fine weather with calm seas, 565 migrants in four days crossed the Channel in small craft. French officials…

Putin plans to make the West destroy itself

25 July 2020 9:00 am

How Putin plans to make the West destroy itself

Portrait of the week: Vaccine hopes, the Russia report and a knighthood for Captain Tom

25 July 2020 9:00 am

Home A coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford, tested on 1,077 people, was found to induce antibodies and…

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Putin plans to make the West destroy itself

23 July 2020 1:52 pm

There’s only one person who’ll be genuinely pleased with the UK Intelligence and Security Committee’s Russia report, finally revealed on…

These Russian cyber-attacks are a wake up call for the UK

17 July 2020 3:26 am

Days before the release of the becalmed Intelligence & Security Committee (ISC) report on Russian political interference, we suddenly started…

When is a democracy not a democracy?

11 July 2020 9:00 am

Displaying the pristine neutrality that has made her such a popular figure, Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis apparently tweeted the following last…

Britain's Magnitsky sanctions will hit Putin where it hurts

7 July 2020 11:52 pm

It’s rare for a Government minister to make an announcement that is universally welcomed in the House of Commons. But…

Imperialism is far from over, but gathering force in disguise

4 July 2020 9:00 am

From ancient times, empires have risen and fallen, driven by war, territorial acquisition, trade, plunder, religion, ideology, technology, culture and…

Can Putin survive the coronavirus stress test?

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Coronavirus is a double whammy for his regime

Covid-19 is testing Putin's regime

30 April 2020 1:12 am

Vladimir Putin is observing the old adage that you should never let a good crisis go to waste. With the…

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The Russia probe was mishandled worse than anyone could have imagined

22 April 2020 10:04 am

It’s been over three years since the FBI first launched its investigation into an alleged conspiracy between the 2016 Trump…

An extraordinary tale: BBC2’s The Countess and the Russian Billionaire reviewed

11 April 2020 9:00 am

There can’t be many programmes that bring to mind quotations from both Henry Kissinger and Boney M., but BBC2’s The…