Vladimir Putin

The next PM must be ready for Putin

20 July 2022 9:35 pm

Westminster is understandably obsessed with the question of who makes the final two of the Tory leadership race, but today…

How Justin Trudeau caved to Putin

13 July 2022 12:33 am

When Russia invaded Ukraine, the West was certain that its sanctions were worth the pain. But there always was a…

Putin’s mistake was to discard the velvet glove

9 July 2022 9:00 am

To study international politics since the turn of the century has been, in large part, to study the changing nature…

How Russia wins

30 May 2022 8:30 pm

It is still too early to predict the outcome of the war in Ukraine. Russia has certainly solidified its position…

Does Putin have blood cancer?

14 May 2022 7:32 pm

Suddenly, we are all diagnosticians. Clips of a puffy Putin slurring his words, his hands twitching or clutching a table…

The real reason for Putin’s intelligence shake-up

11 May 2022 11:02 pm

It has been reported this week that Vladimir Putin is shifting responsibility for covert operations in Ukraine to a different…

Putin’s cult of war

9 May 2022 11:00 pm

This idolisation of the Soviet military is Russia’s modern tragedy. Not least because it is crucial to Putin’s way of…

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,…

Is Putin in pain?

22 April 2022 6:41 pm

Is Vladimir Putin in pain? Until now, there has been plenty of chatter about the wellbeing of his minister of…

The age-old story of strongmen

16 April 2022 9:00 am

The only good news, after the massacres in Ukraine, is that so many ugly behemoth super-yachts have been seized and…

The view from Ukraine: world war three has already started

7 April 2022 7:55 pm

I saw the first Russian bombs land from my balcony in Chernivtsi. They hit a military depot 50 miles away…

Viktor Orbán is no friend of the West

6 April 2022 2:20 am

Viktor Orbán‘s victory speech in Budapest on Sunday night took a curious turn. Speaking after a fourth landslide win, he…

The rouble's astonishing recovery

29 March 2022 9:50 pm

The tank columns are stalled; one or two towns captured from the Ukrainians have been retaken. Russia’s war effort has…

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…

Putin and the Muslim world

21 March 2022 1:02 am

Several thousand Muslim Chechen fighters are reportedly massing on the edge of Kiev. Syrian volunteers, filmed this week holding assault…

What happens if Russia defaults?

15 March 2022 4:15 am

Well down the list of things to worry about as the ghastly Ukrainian tragedy unfolds is the high probability that the…

The joy of wigs

12 March 2022 9:00 am

I thought, or anyway hoped, that once I’d finished the chemotherapy I would spring back to vitality. Seven weeks on…

Don't make war in Ukraine about Putin’s mental health

12 March 2022 12:05 am

There was a time when supposedly serious commentators on world affairs used to at least feign historical knowledge. They might…

What's behind Russia's new Z symbol?

11 March 2022 12:20 am

National symbols are usually proudly emblazoned for all to see. That’s the point of them. One, though, seems rather to have…

Putin is bored

9 March 2022 6:00 pm

At the beginning of this year, Vladimir Putin was sitting comfortably in the Kremlin: his legacy so far a steady…

Russia’s war on Ukraine: the lessons so far

8 March 2022 10:20 pm

The sheer complexity – and horror – of Russia’s war on Ukraine makes it difficult to distil the essential points. To take…

How close is Russia to collapse?

8 March 2022 8:45 pm

Russia is now as closed off to the world as the Soviet Union was before Mikhail Gorbachev made his first tentative steps…

Do Russians support Putin’s war?

5 March 2022 10:30 pm

Everyone is calling the conflict in Ukraine Putin’s war and insisting that it has nothing to do with the Russians…

The downfall of Russia’s oligarchs

5 March 2022 8:30 pm

The normal justification for sanctioning oligarchs is that doing so will cost them money, causing them to put pressure on…

No-fly zones won’t work, but what about aid to Ukraine?

2 March 2022 9:43 pm

Vladimir Putin’s forces are encircling the cities of Kharkiv, Kherson and Mariupol, and a 40 mile-long convoy of Russian armoured vehicles…