Vladimir Putin

The power of disinformation is that it’s so readily believed

15 August 2020 9:00 am

On 27 November 1960 African and Indian diplomats visiting the UN in New York opened their mail to find a…

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The war for your mind

13 August 2020 1:57 am

The romantic plans of a Kazakh bodybuilder named Yuri Tolochko have become one more casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. He…

Trump’s autocratic antics risk becoming the new normal

8 August 2020 9:00 am

It is easy to forget the abnormality of Donald Trump’s presence in the White House. Before his election it would…

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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…

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Dear dictators: don’t lecture the US on how to treat its people

3 June 2020 8:00 am

If you’ve been watching the news, you would think the United States is a third world nation on the verge…

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Crude tactics: Russia and Saudi Arabia are at war over oil prices

14 March 2020 4:52 am

It all started at what everyone thought would be a routine meeting between Opec and non-Opec nations in Vienna. There…

The hunt is on for Putin’s successor

16 January 2020 7:44 pm

Putin does like to spring a surprise. The first hour or so of his state of the nation address yesterday…

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Robert Mueller pursued every avenue to dispel the collusion myth

20 April 2019 4:59 am

If the report released Thursday proved anything, it was that Robert Mueller and his team of prosecutors had an extremely…

Does Putin intend to go to war with Ukraine?

1 December 2018 9:00 am

On Europe’s eastern borderlands, trouble is brewing. Two headstrong leaders — Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko —…

To avoid knowing the distasteful origin of ‘scumbag’, look away now

13 October 2018 9:00 am

President Vladimir Putin of Russia remarked of Sergei Skripal, whom his agents tried to kill, ‘He’s simply a scumbag.’ Scumbag…

Corbyn’s profoundly anti-western worldview is fully exposed at last

21 April 2018 9:00 am

The Tories’ great worry after the last election was that they had effectively vaccinated the electorate against Jeremy Corbyn. They…

The US Treasury shows London how to cold-shoulder Putin’s cronies

14 April 2018 9:00 am

A decade ago I commissioned an article about Vladimir Putin’s business cronies. Among other lines of enquiry, it sought to…

British fishermen sold down the river in Brexit transition deal

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Home Britain and the European Union agreed on a transitional period after Brexit on 29 March 2019 until the end…

Our response to the nerve gas attack has been an act of self-harm

24 March 2018 9:00 am

There was a growling Russian maniac on the BBC’s Today programme last week, an MP from the United Russia party…

Vladimir Putin’s toxic power

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Vladimir Putin’s spies have a dizzying variety of weapons at their disposal. This week Britain learned of a new one:…

Putin the peacemaker

7 October 2017 9:00 am

When Russia entered the Syrian civil war in September 2015 the then US secretary of defense, Ash Carter, predicted catastrophe…

Trump’s eastern front

29 July 2017 9:00 am

 Kiev There is no lavatory paper to be found in government buildings in Kiev. Plan ahead, locals advise, if you…

I met Donald Trump’s Russian fan club (and fought them on TV)

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Moscow To the Union Jack pub on Potapovsky Lane for a US election night party. The jolly Muscovite Trump supporters…

Why Nato is more important than the EU for Britain

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The Leave campaign was right to pour scorn on David Cameron’s warning this week that Brexit could threaten Europe’s military…

How to make the rich pay more tax

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The 11 million documents leaked from Panama lawyers Mossack Fonseca tell us much that we know already. It’s hardly news…

After 50 years, I’m out of the agony-aunt business

9 April 2016 9:00 am

It’s clear that Vladimir Putin has had a facelift, which might explain why Wendi Deng would take an interest in…

A senile Putin becomes a parody of his own parody

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The decrepitude of old age is a piteous sight and subject. In his second book Michael Honig — a doctor-turned-novelist…

Portrait of the week

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, spent time in Brussels before a meeting of the European Council to see what…

Farty, smelly and in love with Putin? You must be middle-aged

20 February 2016 9:00 am

There are things that happen when you grow older — bad things, harbingers of death and decay. Past the age of…

Putin’s winning in Syria – but making a powerful new enemy

20 February 2016 9:00 am

In Syria, the Russian leader is on the verge of his biggest – and riskiest – coup yet