Vladimir Putin

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…

Nothing is certain in Russia, where the past is constantly rewritten

20 August 2022 9:00 am

Nothing is certain in a country where the past is constantly rewritten, says Owen Matthews

The next PM must be ready for Putin

20 July 2022 9:35 pm

Westminster is understandably obsessed with the question of who makes the final two of the Tory leadership race, but today…

How Justin Trudeau caved to Putin

13 July 2022 12:33 am

When Russia invaded Ukraine, the West was certain that its sanctions were worth the pain. But there always was a…

Putin’s mistake was to discard the velvet glove

9 July 2022 9:00 am

To study international politics since the turn of the century has been, in large part, to study the changing nature…

How Russia wins

30 May 2022 8:30 pm

It is still too early to predict the outcome of the war in Ukraine. Russia has certainly solidified its position…

Does Putin have blood cancer?

14 May 2022 7:32 pm

Suddenly, we are all diagnosticians. Clips of a puffy Putin slurring his words, his hands twitching or clutching a table…

The real reason for Putin’s intelligence shake-up

11 May 2022 11:02 pm

It has been reported this week that Vladimir Putin is shifting responsibility for covert operations in Ukraine to a different…

Putin’s cult of war

9 May 2022 11:00 pm

This idolisation of the Soviet military is Russia’s modern tragedy. Not least because it is crucial to Putin’s way of…

Read: Vladimir Putin's victory day speech in full

9 May 2022 10:38 pm

The following is The Spectator’s translation of Putin’s speech for victory day 2022. Most respected citizens of Russia, dear veterans,…