Why Russian literature shouldn’t be cancelled

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Russians must mobilise their own culture against Putin

Putin’s emperor complex

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Did Vladimir Putin ever use his infamous ‘historical’ account of Russia-Ukraine relations to consider how Ukrainians might react to his…

Read: Vladimir Putin's victory day speech in full

9 May 2022 10:38 pm

The following is The Spectator’s translation of Putin’s speech for victory day 2022. Most respected citizens of Russia, dear veterans,…

What makes a ‘just’ war?

30 April 2022 9:00 am

What is a just war? Those who, from St Augustine onwards, have debated the question usually begin with Cicero, the…

Ukraine, the Roman army and why morale matters

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Commentators talk much about the morale of the Ukrainian troops and the edge that this has given them over the…

Bitter harvest – how Ukraine’s wheat has always been coveted

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Publishers love books with ambitious subtitles such as ‘How Bubblegum Made the Modern World’, and this one’s, about American wheat…

Why so many African leaders support Putin

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Why so many African leaders support Putin

How Putin weaponised the Russian Orthodox church

16 April 2022 9:00 am

How Putin weaponised the Russian Orthodox church

Putin is devouring his children

13 April 2022 9:22 pm

Like the Greek titan Cronos devouring his own children, Vladimir Putin seems determined to turn against those he was once…

The three stumbling blocks to a Ukraine peace deal

2 April 2022 9:00 am

A month in, and the war in Ukraine looks very different to how anyone expected. On the first day of…

Patriarch Kirill, Archbishop Ambrose and a lesson for Putin

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Patriarch Kirill is Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus’ and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church; and one of his…

Inside Putin’s mind: the lessons of Chechnya

26 March 2022 9:00 am

The lessons of Chechnya

Turkey’s dilemma: whose side is Erdogan on?

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Can Turkey’s President broker a peace deal?

Why I drove a lorry to Poland

26 March 2022 9:00 am

‘Why the hell did you hire a lorry without a spare tyre?’ asked Rizvana. Fair question. Luckily we had just…

Francis Fukuyama on Ukraine, liberalism and identity politics

22 March 2022 3:00 am

This week, Sam Leith spoke to Francis Fukuyama – the author of ‘The End of History and the Last Man’ and…

It doesn’t matter if Putin is mad

20 March 2022 8:00 pm

Mike Tyson put it simply: ‘Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth’. And Vladimir Putin has…

Russia has never been a part of the West

19 March 2022 6:07 pm

In 1697 Tsar Peter the Great set out on a great journey across western Europe, seeking the support of European…

Why do Russian tennis stars need to condemn Putin?

16 March 2022 9:14 am

Nigel Huddleston is Under-Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism, Heritage and Civil Society, hardly the biggest job in government. Yet…

The fatal miscalculation that led to war in Ukraine

13 March 2022 8:00 pm

The war against Ukraine – or the ‘special military operation’ as it is compulsorily known in Moscow – has lasted…

Why does everything ‘embolden’ Putin?

12 March 2022 9:00 am

The most emboldened man on earth must be Vladimir Putin. Everything seems to embolden him. Treating Russia as a pariah…

What if Putin hasn’t miscalculated – but the West has?

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Has the West miscalculated?

The myth that Russia and Ukraine are fighting over

12 March 2022 9:00 am

It seems strange now that any of us ever imagined that Putin might not invade. He thinks of Ukraine as…

What Tacitus knew about tyrants

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Last week Aristotle offered a lesson in tyrant theory. This week Tacitus (ad 56-c.120) offers one in tyrant practice. Tacitus…

The courage on Ukraine’s front line

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Central to the question of whether or not Ukraine can survive as an independent state is that of re-supply, not…

My one-way ticket out of Moscow

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Things fall apart. Moscow friends call to say that I have to urgently send my 19-year-old son out of Russia.…