Mark Galeotti

Is Russia ready for a Romanov restoration?

5 October 2021 8:30 am

Hail the tsar! Georgy Romanov, great-grandson of Grand Duke Kirill, cousin to Nicholas II, the ill-fated final Emperor of Russia,…

Why Russia’s Olympic punishment backfired

9 August 2021 5:13 pm

The Tokyo Olympics are over and fifth place in the medals table went to the ‘ROC’, the Russian Olympic Committee.…

Why Joe Biden’s Russia-bashing is a tactical mistake

29 July 2021 5:28 am

You might not think that Geoff Norcott, the self-proclaimed conservative comedian, has something to contribute to western relations with Russia,…

The Soviet spectre haunting Afghanistan

10 July 2021 4:15 pm

As US and British forces pull out of Afghanistan, further victims of the ‘grave of empires’, Russia is experiencing a mix…

Lukashenko’s migrant warfare against the EU

9 July 2021 12:21 am

When you have already forced a plane down with spurious claims of a bomb threat, just to arrest one dissident…

Why an EU-Russia summit was always going to fail

28 June 2021 9:46 pm

When Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel unilaterally proposed a European Union summit with Vladimir Putin, they managed to open deep…

The real reason Putin targeted HMS Defender

24 June 2021 3:57 pm

When military personnel talk of ‘theatres’ they mean a zone of conflict. Moscow seems to take the term increasingly literally,…

It's time to kick out Lukashenko's KGB thugs

3 June 2021 9:34 pm

While the EU agonises about whether to boycott Belarusian potash or state-owned oil companies, there is one very easy measure…

Alexei Navalny's big gamble

30 April 2021 3:58 pm

Alexei Navalny seems to undergoing a metamorphosis. Yesterday, we saw him attending another trial by video, looking gaunt after 24…

Putin steps back from the Ukrainian brink

23 April 2021 10:02 pm

After weeks building up forces in Crimea and close to the Ukrainian border — over 100,000, all told — Moscow…

The rules of Putin's game

22 April 2021 4:05 pm

What does Putin want? It’s more straightforward than you might think: usually the answer is ‘what he says’. It’s worth remembering…

Will Iron Felix scare Moscow’s protesters?

14 February 2021 6:00 pm

While in the West, the debate seems to be about which statue to topple next, in Russia it’s rather different.…

Putin's poisonous prisoner

3 February 2021 5:59 am

Alexei Navalny, the man Putin tried to poison, has been sent to prison for two years and eight months — conveniently…

Alexei Navalny is getting under the Kremlin's skin

30 January 2021 5:30 pm

Only half a year ago the opposition leader Alexei Navalny was a non-person on Russian state media, and Putin’s opulent…

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…