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Archive interview: Alexander Litvinenko on ice picks, radioactive thallium and Putin’s assassins

22 July 2014 11:37

In the 25 November 2006 edition of The Spectator, Neil Barnett recalled his encounters with the poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko. Two days before the magazine went to press, Litvinenko died… Continue reading

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Can the European Union agree a sanctions regime for Russia?

22 July 2014 8:31

David Cameron talked tough on sanctions yesterday, suggesting that he had the German and French support. I believe he means what he says and is serious about following through with… Continue reading

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Flight MH17: the unctuous Bishop James Jones shows off on ‘Thought for the Day’

21 July 2014 18:00

Perhaps it’s my imagination, but every time the Rt Rev James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool, pops up on Thought for the Day I hear an undertone of disappointed ambition.… Continue reading

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David Cameron: This is a defining moment for Russia

21 July 2014 16:21

David Cameron has made a statement to the House of Commons about the destruction of MH17 over eastern Ukraine. He was quick to say that even those who shot down… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s grey-haired gamble

21 July 2014 9:15

George Osborne has been in retail mode this morning, selling his pension reforms and explaining how pensioners can unlock their life’s savings. The Chancellor has said that the Treasury will… Continue reading

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MH17 makes the situation in Ukraine an American crisis and an EU catastrophe

19 July 2014 23:39

The burning embers of an international airliner litter a Ukrainian field. 298 dead. The west blames Putin. President Putin blames Ukraine and the west. Pro-Russian rebels strip the dead and… Continue reading

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After the horrific tragedy of MH17, Europe must wake up to the threat posed by Vladimir Putin

19 July 2014 23:04

How many more civilian planes need to be shot down over European airspace before Europe’s leaders get serious about the threat posed by Vladimir Putin’s Russia? As the smoke clears… Continue reading

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Will we ever find out what happened to flight MH17? It is getting less and less likely

19 July 2014 19:30

The Ukrainian government has failed to secure the crash site, as much as 25 square kilometres of territory, where debris from flight MH17 has fallen. The site is in rebel-held… Continue reading

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The conflict in Crimea will be the downfall of Putin

18 July 2014 10:08

Earlier this year, Owen Matthews discussed in the Spectator how the conflict in Crimea will be the making of Ukraine and the end of Vladimir Putin: David Cameron says that Russia’s… Continue reading

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Who shot down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17?

17 July 2014 19:09

US Intelligence has confirmed that a surface-to-air missile shot down a Malaysian Airlines plane, flight MH17, en route from Amsterdam. Pictures of the wreckage have now appeared, yet no one… Continue reading

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BREAKING: Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 ‘shot down’ in Ukraine

17 July 2014 16:39

There are reports from Russian agency Interfax that a passenger airliner, believed to be Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, has been ‘shot down’ in eastern Ukraine by a ground-to-air missile, 50km away from… Continue reading

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London’s party-hungry Russians suffer Putin problem

3 June 2014 12:16

Word reaches Mr S of the plight of Mr Alexander Sucenko, organiser of next Saturday’s annual Russian Summer Ball. The ball is said to be in jeopardy because nobody wants to… Continue reading

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Donatan & Cleo from Poland perform on stage during the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 on May 10, 2014 . Britain was most impressed. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)

Sorry, Britain didn’t vote for the Austrian ‘Bearded Lady’

11 May 2014 15:31

There has been plenty of progressive backslapping this morning because Britain was one of the many countries to award the full 12 points to the bearded Austrian drag act Conchita… Continue reading

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The Tolmachevy Sisters representing Russia at Eurovision 2014. Photo: Getty Images.

Eurovision 2014: the booing of Russia was a disgrace

11 May 2014 15:05

Yet again, the best Eurovision entries rose to the top on the night. Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria were the bookies’ favourites before the betting started, and no amount of… Continue reading

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Conchita Wurst representing Austria performs the song 'Rise Like A Phoenix' after winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Photo: AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand

Eurovision: It was the beard wot won it

11 May 2014 11:10

I enjoyed Fraser’s preview of the Eurovision Song Contest; I had not known that he was such a fan. You work with someone for years, oblivious to their dark secrets,… Continue reading

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Conchita Wurst representing Austria performs the song 'Rise Like A Phoenix' after winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Photo: AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand

We watched Eurovision – so you didn’t have to

11 May 2014 1:23

I like Europe, even if this may not be the place to admit it, and I like this moment, when our brothers are forced to make fools of themselves in… Continue reading

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Molly, Britain's bureaucrat-selected Eurovision entry. Image: Getty

Exclusive poll: Brits think we’re doomed in Eurovision (and blame the BBC)

9 May 2014 9:28

Seven million of us will be tuning in at 8pm tomorrow night for the Eurovision final, rising to nine million when the UK number is played. But what do we… Continue reading

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China's Vice Premier Li Keqiang (L) raises a glass of whisky with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond before attending a state dinner at Edinburgh castle on January 9, 2011

Alex Salmond receives a lesson from the school of foreign policy hard knocks

29 April 2014 12:05

Look: Alex Salmond’s indulgent appraisal of Vladimir Putin’s record was foolish and naive and all too revealing but let’s not lose the heid. Scotland, even an independent Scotland, is not… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond’s strange – but revealing – admiration for Vladimir Putin

28 April 2014 12:03

What to make of Alex Salmond’s qualified admiration for Vladimir Putin? The First Minister, interviewed for the forthcoming issue of GQ, declared he admires “certain aspects” of the Russian President’s… Continue reading

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The Keyser Söze of Ukrainian politics

18 April 2014 12:00

Dmitry Firtash is the Keyser Söze of Ukrainian politics — a mystery figure about whom you hear two very different stories. According to one version, he’s a benign self-made businessman… Continue reading

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Would the word ‘NATO’ make Vladimir Putin think twice?

17 April 2014 9:05

Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States will meet in Geneva later today in order to find a solution to the confrontation in eastern Ukraine. There is not… Continue reading

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Over Ukraine, we have lost our moral compass

16 April 2014 10:36

A week’s holiday in the perfect seaside town of Staithes was intended to be recuperative and restful, a time to clear the mind, even if the kids were with me.… Continue reading

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World Leaders Meet For G8 Summit AT Lough Erne

Ukraine increases mistrust and misinformation between Russia and the West

14 April 2014 8:48

The tense situation in Ukraine has escalated overnight. A deadline has passed for pro-Russian agitators to vacate government buildings in eastern Ukraine or face military action. There is no indication… Continue reading

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Cameron faces down critics on Ukraine

26 March 2014 15:45

There are few fiercer critics of the way the international community has reacted to the crisis in Crimea than Sir Malcolm Rifkind. Today when the Prime Minister gave his statement… Continue reading

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A poster in Sevastopol ahead of the Crimea referendum this month. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images

Ten fateful forks in the road to Crimea

25 March 2014 16:00

Regret suffuses the post mortem on many a conflict, with hindsight recommending alternatives that were far less obvious at the time. Crimea is different. Rarely can the fateful choices —… Continue reading

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