Is Russia ready for life after Putin?

24 September 2021 8:03 am

When Russians headed to the polls last week, the Duma election results were never in doubt: Putin’s United Russiaparty won…

How Russia lurched from vaccine victory to Covid crisis

21 June 2021 5:27 pm

Russia made headlines last August when it triumphantly unveiled its pioneering coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V. But now, nearly a year…

Why the Biden-Putin summit wasn't a waste of time

17 June 2021 7:43 am

The meeting between U.S. president Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin in Geneva started cordially enough. A quick handshake, toothy smiles…

Russian memoirs are prone to a particular form of angst

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Perhaps the secret to understanding Russian history lies in its grammar: it lacks a pluperfect tense. In Latin, English and…

Why Lukashenko keeps getting away with it

25 May 2021 5:16 am

The diversion of a Ryanair flight bound for Lithuania from Athens and the arrest of passenger Roman Protasevich – an…

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…

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…

Can Biden bring relations with Russia back from the brink?

21 April 2021 4:00 pm

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov delivered a depressing assessment on the state of U.S.-Russia relations earlier this month. While holding…

The truth about Russia’s hidden Covid deaths

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Putin’s hidden Covid deaths

Why autocracy in Russia always fails in the end

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Churchill was wrong: Russia is neither a riddle nor an enigma. Russians themselves concoct endless stories to glorify their country’s…

Amnesty International has undermined Navalny's fight for freedom

24 February 2021 10:15 pm

In his fight against Putin, Alexei Navalny needs all the help he can get. The might of the Russian state…

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.…

Biden vs Merkel: the battle over Russian gas is heating up

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Russia’s influence on Germany is causing alarm

The sticky truth about Navalny

13 February 2021 9:00 am

His courage is exhilarating. Even if you think his cause hopeless, Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader and Putin-baiter, deserves…

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…

Russians are daring to dream of life after Putin

23 January 2021 8:09 pm

Alexei Navalny, Russia’s leading opposition figure, demonstrated unfathomable courage in returning home after the Kremlin had poisoned him with Novichok.…

Navalny and Putin: the next chapter

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Navalny’s return to Russia is brave – and provocative

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…

Alexei Navalny: a profile in courage

18 January 2021 10:32 am

Vladimir Putin likes his opponents in exile: it makes them easier to portray as defectors who have turned their back…

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 plans to make the West destroy itself

25 July 2020 9:00 am

How Putin plans to make the West destroy itself

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…

Britain's Magnitsky sanctions will hit Putin where it hurts

7 July 2020 11:52 pm

It’s rare for a Government minister to make an announcement that is universally welcomed in the House of Commons. But…