Vladimir Putin

From the front line of the battle to save Kharkiv

20 July 2024 9:00 am

Kharkiv region Moonlight shines on the wings of the reconnaissance drone as it glides over the field. Within minutes, the…

What I saw at the Okhmatdyt bomb site

13 July 2024 9:00 am

Kyiv For weeks, Kyiv had felt relatively safe compared with just about everywhere else in Ukraine. People had adjusted to…

Brexit has helped the EU

6 July 2024 9:00 am

There was hardly an election poster to be seen on the roadside during a two-hour drive from London to the…

Putin is trying to annexe people, not just land

29 June 2024 9:00 am

On 1 September 2021, six months before his full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin was speaking at the All-Russian Children’s…

My return to Ukraine

29 June 2024 9:00 am

I arrive at Lviv station just before 9 a.m. As the clock strikes, the conductor announces a minute’s silence: a daily…

Ukraine’s greatest, yet least publicised success

22 June 2024 9:00 am

Odessa Our conference here is about Black Sea security, where I am the guest of UK Friends of Ukraine. Its…

Zelensky’s peace summit flop

22 June 2024 9:00 am

Ukraine’s allies are running out of patience

Why Russia’s ‘king of the kickback’ was arrested

28 April 2024 11:19 pm

The universal corruption of the Russian elite suits Vladimir Putin. When everyone has a skeleton in their closet, power rests…

Russia will not attack Nato

9 March 2024 5:00 pm

There is a lot of war fever about. In January, Grant Shapps, Britain’s tiggerish defence secretary, said the UK was…

Why the US will decide Ukraine’s fate

2 September 2023 9:00 am

The US will decide Ukraine’s fate

Russia’s long history of smears, sabotage and barefaced lies

12 August 2023 9:00 am

Mark Hollingsworth describes how the KGB became the world’s most industrious conspiracy-theory factory, with its agents of influence dedicated to sowing maximum confusion

The Ukrainian war is coming to Moscow

5 August 2023 9:00 am

War is coming home to Moscow

Igor Girkin’s arrest was a long time coming

22 July 2023 11:36 pm

With the reported arrest on Friday of Igor Girkin (aka ‘Strelkov’ or ‘Igor the Terrible’) the career of one of…

How does the Russian public view the invasion of Ukraine?

24 June 2023 9:00 am

It’s not just Putin’s war, says Jade McGlynn. The mass of Telegram data shows how much the nation as a whole supports the offensive

Putin is copying the propaganda playbook of Serbian war criminals

1 April 2023 11:57 pm

A year ago, Ukrainian soldiers discovered evidence of the Bucha massacre in which Russian forces slaughtered hundreds of Ukrainians in…

After his trip to Moscow, Xi Jinping still holds all the cards

22 March 2023 10:26 pm

After his arrival in Moscow on Monday, President Xi Jinping said that China is ready, along with Russia, ‘to stand…

Xi’s nuclear warnings are a coup for Scholz

5 November 2022 4:09 am

Checks and balances on Vladimir Putin don’t come from inside Russia. The people around him supported forced mobilisation, pushed his…

Is Putin preparing a nuclear strike?

26 October 2022 1:49 am

Russia is peddling implausible tales of Ukrainian ‘dirty bombs’. Kyiv and the West are embarked on a campaign to counter…

What does Russia really want?

22 October 2022 7:00 pm

The question of ‘why’ Russia invaded Ukraine has been forgotten amid war’s fog. Greed and malice partially explains it. History, geopolitics…

Tsar Vladimir brings in martial law

20 October 2022 3:10 am

Martial law can arrive with a bang: tanks on the streets, Swan Lake on the TV. It can also creep…

Putin at 70: How The Spectator has covered his life

7 October 2022 8:00 pm

Vladimir Putin turns 70 today. Since he became Prime Minister of Russia in 1999, some of The Spectator’s greatest contributors…

Did Russia sabotage its own pipelines?

28 September 2022 6:15 am

It almost seems worthy of the opening scene in a Bond film. Vital Russian gas pipelines running beneath the Baltic Sea close…

Was Nato expansion worth the risk?

24 September 2022 9:00 am

This is an important and topical book. Mary Sarotte traces the difficult course of Russia’s relations with Europe and the…

What's behind Putin's no-show?

21 September 2022 5:43 am

Has Vladimir Putin carried out a cynical stunt, or ducked out of a seismic decision? That’s the debate among Kremlinologists…