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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…

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…

When is a democracy not a democracy?

11 July 2020 9:00 am

Displaying the pristine neutrality that has made her such a popular figure, Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis apparently tweeted the following last…

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…

Imperialism is far from over, but gathering force in disguise

4 July 2020 9:00 am

From ancient times, empires have risen and fallen, driven by war, territorial acquisition, trade, plunder, religion, ideology, technology, culture and…

Can Putin survive the coronavirus stress test?

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Coronavirus is a double whammy for his regime

Covid-19 is testing Putin's regime

30 April 2020 1:12 am

Vladimir Putin is observing the old adage that you should never let a good crisis go to waste. With the…

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The Russia probe was mishandled worse than anyone could have imagined

22 April 2020 10:04 am

It’s been over three years since the FBI first launched its investigation into an alleged conspiracy between the 2016 Trump…

An extraordinary tale: BBC2’s The Countess and the Russian Billionaire reviewed

11 April 2020 9:00 am

There can’t be many programmes that bring to mind quotations from both Henry Kissinger and Boney M., but BBC2’s The…

Corona confusion is being ruthlessly weaponised

22 March 2020 10:37 pm

Few words have as great a hold on the contemporary imagination as ‘disinformation.’ Few words are as ubiquitous in contemporary…

Crude tactics: Russia and Saudi Arabia are at war over oil prices

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Russia and Saudi Arabia have chosen this moment to go to war over oil prices

Portrait of the week: Prince Harry leaves, Jess Phillips drops out and Trump goes on trial

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Home The Duke of Sussex left England to join his wife, Meghan, in Canada. This followed an agreement that stripped…

The hunt is on for Putin’s successor

16 January 2020 7:44 pm

Putin does like to spring a surprise. The first hour or so of his state of the nation address yesterday…

I’ll take Russian democracy over ours

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Staraya Russa. About two thirds of the way from Moscow to St Petersburg, in the historic Novgorod Oblast, once the…

Tsar quality: the charm of Tbilisi

14 December 2019 9:00 am

‘These regions are not under the control of the central government,’ reads a warning on a map of Georgia in…

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The age of invective

21 October 2019 6:50 pm

A healthy democracy requires free speech and free assembly, tolerance for different views, and peaceful transfers of power among contending parties. It requires…

How will history judge Brexit?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

How will future generations revisit the Brexit years? Through what glass will we be seen? This spring and, I suspect,…

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Robert Mueller pursued every avenue to dispel the collusion myth

20 April 2019 4:59 am

If the report released Thursday proved anything, it was that Robert Mueller and his team of prosecutors had an extremely…

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Barr investigates the investigators

11 April 2019 6:03 pm

‘OBAMA TAPPED MY PHONES!’ When President Trump blared out this accusation in a series of tweets in March 2017, the White…

Kyle Walker in front of England fans at this year’s World Cup in Russia

Two football books examine where money is taking the modern game

29 September 2018 9:00 am

‘Football holds a mirror to ourselves,’ Michael Calvin asserts in State of Play. Modern football is angrier, more brutal, more…

Trumpworld is spinning out of control

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Donald Trump’s Twitter feed was oddly silent as the news came that his former campaign manager and his former lawyer…

The plight of the returnee: A Terrible Country, by Keith Gessen, reviewed

18 August 2018 9:00 am

If the 20th century popularised the figure of the émigré, the 21st has introduced that of the returnee, who, aided…

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…

Assad is back for good in Syria – and with Trump’s blessing

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Amid the confusion and the almost deafening cries of treachery and collusion over Donald Trump’s relations with Russia, few noticed…

Rarely have I sat through such a chaotic and whimsical script: Describe the Night reviewed

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Describe the Night opens in Poland in 1920 where two Russian soldiers, Isaac and Nikolai, discuss truth and falsehood. Next…