Mark Galeotti

Will Navalny's gamble backfire?

20 January 2021 8:15 pm

For years, Alexei Navalny had been – barely – tolerated by a Kremlin that was willing to permit very limited…

Putin's New Year's resolution: survive

31 December 2020 9:41 pm

Even in tough times, Russia tends to put on a show to welcome the New Year, and 2020/21 is no…

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…

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…

Putin's culture war

2 September 2020 12:38 am

One thing we know that Putin reads is history. He’s keen on chronicles and biography of great Russians, presumably with an…

Putin prepares to send in the troops

28 August 2020 9:04 pm

Sometimes, Vladimir Putin just can’t help himself. Russian coverage of the popular revolution in neighbouring Belarus has been unusually even-handed,…

Why Britain is seen as the Kremlin's greatest foe

21 August 2020 1:58 am

Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny is, as of writing, fighting for his life, hooked to a ventilator…

Belarus’s regime is nearing collapse

10 August 2020 7:17 pm

It’s hard to believe Belarus’s Alexander Lukashenko will retain his half-affectionate, half-exasperated nickname ‘Batka’ (Dad) after his re-election yesterday in…

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…

Putin's referendum rigging is a sign of weakness

3 July 2020 1:28 am

Putin has his result. After a week of postal, online and in-person voting, his controversial package of constitutional amendments that…

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…