Owen Matthews

Haunted: the spectre of revolution is stalking Putin

15 January 2022 9:00 am

The spectre of revolution is stalking Putin

Putin is more rational than Nato realises

11 December 2021 9:00 am

The dangers of Nato’s Ukrainian policy

Russia syndrome: it’s easy to blame Putin for everything

20 November 2021 9:00 am

It’s easy to blame Putin for everything

Putin's plan for Ukraine

15 November 2021 1:36 pm

Vladimir Putin’s message was as clear — and familiar — as his method. The Kremlin has begun another major build-up of troops…

How Rome’s rubbish became a political problem

23 October 2021 9:00 am

‘Excommunication,’ reads a stone plaque on the wall of the church of St Theodore in Rome, ‘and a fine of…

The mystery of Vladimir Putin’s mistresses

12 October 2021 8:29 am

There’s an odd thing about 18-year old Luiza Rozova’s instagram feed. You can see photos of her breakfasts (sliced exotic…

Journey to the end of the world: the full horror of the Belgica’s Antarctic expedition

3 July 2021 9:00 am

The epic story of the Antarctic voyage of the Belgica (1897-9) has all the ingredients of a truly glorious misadventure:…

Why sanctions against Putin and his allies don’t work

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Sanctions against Putin and his allies don’t work

Putin and Biden need one another

2 May 2021 4:00 pm

Does Joe Biden think that Putin is a killer? asked ABC host George Stephanopoulos. ‘Mmm-hmm, I do,’ answered the President.…

The truth about Russia’s hidden Covid deaths

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Putin’s hidden Covid deaths

Betrayal was a routine business for George Blake

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Kim Philby once remarked to the journalist Murray Sayle that ‘to betray, you must first belong. I never belonged’. Kim,…

Protests for Navalny sweep Russia

24 January 2021 5:00 pm

The protests began in Vladivostok, on Russia’s Pacific coast, and spread Westwards across 85 cities across the country’s nine time…

Navalny and Putin: the next chapter

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Navalny’s return to Russia is brave – and provocative

Putin plans to make the West destroy itself

25 July 2020 9:00 am

How Putin plans to make the West destroy itself


Putin plans to make the West destroy itself

23 July 2020 1:52 pm

There’s only one person who’ll be genuinely pleased with the UK Intelligence and Security Committee’s Russia report, finally revealed on…

Vladimir Putin’s history fetish

20 June 2020 6:44 pm

Russia, the old joke goes, has long been a country with an unpredictable past. On September 22, 1939, for instance,…

Can Putin survive the coronavirus stress test?

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Coronavirus is a double whammy for his regime

Moscow rules in London: how Putin’s agents corrupted the British elite

25 April 2020 9:00 am

Putin’s corrupt cronies may change, but the paranoid world view they all share remains the same, says Owen Matthews

The King of Christmas: A short story by Owen Matthews

21 December 2019 9:00 am

The Christmas King steps slowly from his house and sniffs the evening’s chill. His tread is dainty, for all his…

‘It wasn’t the Russian people who poisoned Skripal, it was just a few guys’: Alexander Lebedev interviewed

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Who wants to be a billionaire? Not, apparently, Alexander Lebedev, the self-described ‘Russian ex-oligarch’ who has tried billionaredom and found…

Life imitates art: Volodymyr Zelensky as Vasyl Holoborodko in Servant of the People

In Ukraine’s presidential elections, life is imitating Netflix

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Servant of the People is a hilarious Ukrainian situation comedy currently running on Netflix. It opens with a young high-school…

A document of a mass human experiment that is moving, revolting, violent and extraordinarily pornographic

Dau is the strangest and most unsettling piece of art to come out of Russia in years

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Dau is not so much a film as a document of a mass human experiment. The result is dark, brilliant…

Does Putin intend to go to war with Ukraine?

1 December 2018 9:00 am

On Europe’s eastern borderlands, trouble is brewing. Two headstrong leaders — Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko —…

How Bellingcat outfoxes the world’s spy agencies

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Bellingcat is an independent group of exceptionally gifted Leicester-based internet researchers who use information gleaned from open sources to dig…

Lake Kolyvan in the Altai Republic. Watercolour by Thomas Atkinson

The magnificent Atkinsons: rigours of travel in 19th-century Russia

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Russia has always attracted a certain breed of foreigner: adventurers, drawn to the country’s vastness and emptiness; chancers, seeking fortunes…