Owen Matthews

Putin’s Syria problem

14 April 2017 11:00 pm

For Vladimir Putin, Syria has been the gift that kept on giving. His 2015 military intervention propelled Russia back to…

Only obeying orders

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Spare a thought for the poor Gulag guard: the rifleman standing in the freezing wind on the outside of the…

Red faces

7 January 2017 9:00 am

How to celebrate the centenary of the Russian revolutions of 1917? Modern Russians are deeply divided over the legacy of…

Russia’s puritan revolution

29 September 2016 1:00 pm

Last weekend a group of young activists turned out on a Moscow street to protest against western decadence. They were…

Russia’s dumping ground

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Almost as soon as Siberia was first colonised by Cossack conquistadors in the 17th century, it became a place of…

Bear baiting

25 June 2016 3:00 am

Oh those Russians. When they’re not beating up English football fans, they’re cheating at the Olympics. They occupy other countries…