Christopher Booth

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…

Is Putin in pain?

22 April 2022 6:41 pm

Is Vladimir Putin in pain? Until now, there has been plenty of chatter about the wellbeing of his minister of…

Why are elite Russian musicians backing Putin?

17 April 2022 3:35 am

A world away from the stupendous horror perpetrated by Russian forces in Bucha and Kramatorsk, a parallel conflict is being…

Russia's failure to communicate

13 April 2022 7:52 pm

‘So you’ve got one, right, Chris?’ Lev Lvovich leaned in closer, and his beery breath was warm and damp on…

Russia ‘realists’ have very little to say about evil

8 April 2022 5:42 pm

‘Every way of a man is right in his own eyes’, the Book of Proverbs says: it makes us feel…

Russia’s ‘denazification’ project is only just beginning

5 April 2022 4:55 pm

Truth, infamously, is the first casualty of war. But the truth, in modern Russia, was critically wounded before it got…

The true story about Russian lying

27 March 2022 6:00 pm

We were having a few drinks in a rented flat in the centre of Grozny in late 1994. A bunch…

Is this Putin's 'off ramp' out of Ukraine?

23 March 2022 12:54 am

Vladimir Putin will soon have to select the version of defeat that suits him best. His plan A – a…

It doesn’t matter if Putin is mad

20 March 2022 8:00 pm

Mike Tyson put it simply: ‘Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth’. And Vladimir Putin has…