Putin

The Spectator Podcast: Trump’s peace plan

19 July 2018 16:30

Earlier this week, Trump met Putin. But beneath the outcry against Trump’s press conference, a peace plan for Syria was…

Donald Trump is wrong about Germany being a ‘captive’ of Russia

12 July 2018 15:22

“What good is Nato if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy?” tweeted Donald Trump on…

The Spectator Podcast: Putin’s Losing Game

7 June 2018 13:46

In this week’s episode, we talk about Russia’s hidden fragility, and ask, is Putin surviving on luck? We’ll also be…

What does Russia want?

14 April 2018 8:30

With Russian poisoners stalking the streets of Salisbury and the real possibility of a hot war with the Kremlin’s troops…

How have the Russian oligarchs got away with swaggering around London for so long?

13 April 2018 12:17

A decade ago I commissioned an article about Vladimir Putin’s business cronies. Among other lines of enquiry, it sought to…

President Erdogan’s Syrian dilemma

12 April 2018 15:56

Istanbul It is a bad time to have an ally on the fence. With US military action in Syria looking…

Could the Russian economy benefit from some Roman history?

6 April 2018 17:48

The Russian economy is not in the greatest of shapes. That being the case, one would have thought friendly diplomatic…

There is no crack in Theresa May’s case against Russia

4 April 2018 11:28

Theresa May has never published her case blaming Russia for the Salisbury poisoning. She has reason to be wary of…

Two things that must change after Salisbury

17 March 2018 10:37

As I say in The Sun this morning, one of the things about the Salisbury attack that has disconcerted the…

Brexit Britain: confused and alone

13 March 2018 17:20

Here is a message Russian propagandists are sending to Western commentators. It is from Yuliia Popova of REN-TV (which was…

Caption contest: Putin in cold water

19 January 2018 14:30

Next week at Davos, world leaders – including President Trump and Emmanuel Macron – will gather at the elite meet-up…

Macron mania is still sweeping across France

7 June 2017 11:07

It’s in the little gestures one learns much about a man, and such is the case with Emmanuel Macron. Since…

Syria used to be Putin’s great asset. Now, it’s a huge liability

17 April 2017 10:00

For Vladimir Putin, Syria has been the gift that kept on giving. His 2015 military intervention propelled Russia back to…

What the papers say: It’s time to crack down on council fat cats

11 April 2017 8:31

Theresa May’s £150,000 pay packet is dwarfed by that of many council employees up and down the country. Nearly 600…

We should worry more about Putin’s Russia than Muslim fanatics

1 April 2017 12:00

Last week’s events in London raised a recurrent dilemma for journalists, including me. It is a huge story when a…

What does Putin’s fascination with Eton tell us about him?

18 February 2017 11:00

How does Vladimir Putin think about the world? It becomes dangerously important to know. I still have not seen a…

The brutal legacy of the Russian Revolution must never be forgotten

28 December 2016 8:00

Few 20th-century historians doubted that the 1917 Russian revolution was one of the most influential events of their time, indeed…

Regrets on Russia, Syria, or Iran? Obama Has None

18 December 2016 21:59

The Electoral College will cast their votes for president of the United States tomorrow without any last-minute intel on alleged…

Why Putin keeps winning the ideological war

16 December 2016 8:26

I have no idea whether Russia successfully interfered in the US election; I imagine it’s one of those situations where…

The SpeccieLeaks take on Trump’s first encounter with Putin

13 December 2016 8:00

SpeccieLeaks presents: Transcript of private meeting between President Trump and President Putin, 14 February 2017, Andreyevsky Hall, Grand Kremlin Palace…

Like Donald Trump, Francois Fillon is a Russian realist

26 November 2016 8:00

One of the bonuses of a Trump presidency – of which there will be many negatives – is the prospect…

Britain should be grateful for its new aircraft carriers. They do still make waves

2 November 2016 16:51

As the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov finally nears the eastern Mediterranean, with a trail of ugly black smoke belching from its…

We’re too busy vilifying Putin and Russia to notice our own misdeeds

22 October 2016 15:42

I have been wondering these last few weeks whether it would be cheaper to excavate a basement and buy a…

Listen: Liam Fox savages Nick Clegg at Tory conference

2 October 2016 23:30

On Sunday afternoon both Boris Johnson and David Davis gave speeches on Brexit in the main hall at Conservative conference.…

Vlad the corrupter and the crisis on the left

2 September 2016 14:03

Julian Assange still has not found the courage to face the women who accuse him of sexual abuse. Rather than…