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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…

Portrait of the week: Variants, vaccines and goodbye to Captain Sir Tom Moore

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Home About 80,000 people in eight places in Surrey, London, Kent, Hertfordshire, Southport and Walsall were asked in door-to-door visits…

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…

Portrait of the week: Vaccine battles, illegal haircuts and Biden’s chat with Boris

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Home Supplies of the Pfizer vaccine (made in Belgium) were feared to be at risk from a declaration by the…

A bored business administrator in Leicester puts the intelligence services to shame

30 January 2021 9:00 am

In the summer of 2012, a man was walking near Jabal Shashabo, a Syrian rebel enclave, when he spotted a…

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…

Is Joe Biden’s administration fit for the 2020s?

16 January 2021 6:09 pm

Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees have been warmly received by the massed ranks of anti-Trumpists in Washington. But the warmth stateside…

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The fight for liberalism

20 December 2020 2:12 am

The world has many island nations, and sometimes the United States counts itself among them. We have water on either side of us,…

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…

Netflix's Barbarians taught me those Romans had it coming

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Of all the times and places to have been on the wrong side of history, I can’t imagine many worse…

Cold war: Russia’s bid to control the Arctic

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Russia’s bid to control the Arctic

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…

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Biden’s Brezhnev vibes

4 December 2020 2:01 am

Like many other Americans who had the misfortune to live under socialism, I’ve been having lots of flashbacks lately. In…

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Can you really blame Trump supporters for refusing to accept the election result?

14 November 2020 7:24 am

It’s been a week and a half since Election Day and the results are still not certified — some votes…

Erdogan’s game: why Turkey has turned against the West

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Why Turkey is severing its links with the West

Why did Balakirev's beautiful, inventive works go out of fashion?

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Anyone who invited the Russian composer Mily Balakirev to dinner had to be jolly careful about the fish they served.…

Our Belarusian blind spot

29 August 2020 9:00 am

I’d always rather liked the Finns, until I came across the conductor Dalia Stasevska. When I asked my mother what…

Portrait of the week: BBC drops songs, museum drops Sloane, and KFC and John Lewis drop slogans

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Home Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, made pupils wear face-coverings in school corridors. It didn’t take long for…

Portrait of the week: Employment falls, exam failures and a roundabout rigmarole

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Home In fine weather with calm seas, 565 migrants in four days crossed the Channel in small craft. French officials…

Putin plans to make the West destroy itself

25 July 2020 9:00 am

How Putin plans to make the West destroy itself

Portrait of the week: Vaccine hopes, the Russia report and a knighthood for Captain Tom

25 July 2020 9:00 am

Home A coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford, tested on 1,077 people, was found to induce antibodies and…