Russia

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…

The Spectator Podcast: The digital inquisition

12 January 2018 17:08

On this week’s episode, we examine Twitter’s mob mentality, get to the heart of PTSD, and look at how Russia…

Russian fake news is causing trouble in Latvia

27 December 2017 20:14

In the historic heart of Riga, Latvia’s bustling capital, there’s a boulevard that doubles as a timeline of this proud…

Books Podcast: How totalitarianism reclaimed Russia

7 December 2017 13:40

In this week’s Spectator Books Podcast, I’m talking to Russia’s most prominent dissident journalist, Masha Gessen, about her National Book…

England are probably going to win the World Cup

2 December 2017 8:20

England, Belgium, Tunisia, Panama: it doesn’t make an acronym as alluring as the ‘England Algeria Slovenia Yanks’ headline The Sun…

Can you distinguish between a bot and a human?

20 November 2017 15:42

We’ve all gone a bit bot-mad in the past few weeks. Automated accounts have invaded our civic life – especially…

The riddle of Theresa May’s Russia policy

20 November 2017 13:05

It is just a week since Theresa May used her Mansion House speech to launch a broadside on Russia. During…

Putin’s cranks and creeps are winning the day

17 November 2017 16:16

Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters announce themselves to be the leftist of the left: a band of brothers, who have…

How Russia stands to profit from Austria’s new government

25 October 2017 12:35

Yesterday, Sebastian Kurz, the leader of Austria’s conservative People’s Party, announced his intention to form a new coalition government with…

Freedom of speech and Russia Today

25 October 2017 10:38

Russia does much worse than suppressing dissident opinion and manufacturing fake news. Putin has aided and abetted the vast crimes…

Donald Trump discovers his inner neocon

19 September 2017 16:47

Donald Trump fully embraced his inner neocon before the United Nations today. He lashed out at North Korea, indicating that…

Ukraine’s slow war of attrition still rumbles on

19 August 2017 10:30

Towns on Ukraine’s ceasefire line are marking three years since some were retaken by government forces from pro-Russian separatists. But there is little…

Trump is right to be worried about the breakdown in US-Russia relations

3 August 2017 16:57

Imagine the gale-force political winds that it takes to make Donald Trump do something he doesn’t want to do. Yet…

Donald Trump’s position is looking shakier by the day

14 July 2017 16:14

Here we go again. NBC News is reporting that Donald Trump Jnr. somehow forgot to mention that a former Soviet…

The Spectator Podcast: Get Boris!

13 July 2017 16:08

On this week’s episode, we look at the runners and riders in the Tory leadership race, the latest development in the…

There’s still no smoking gun in the Trump-Russia story

12 July 2017 13:46

Political scandals sometimes throw up deliciously eccentric minor characters. Trump-Russia — a scandal or merely a crisis, according to taste…

The gunsmoke from Donald Trump Junior’s email looks thin at best

12 July 2017 10:02

Reactions to each development in the Trump-Russia scandal tend to follow the same pattern. At first, journalists express incredulity and…

Trump’s son gives his father’s critics the smoking gun they were looking for

11 July 2017 17:44

Let there be no doubt: it’s turning into the political equivalent of Defcon 1, the highest level of nuclear alert,…

For all the Trump-Putin hysteria, Russia-US relations are as frosty as ever

7 July 2017 13:22

What fun the internet is having now that Vladimir Putin has finally met Donald Trump. Social media is teeming with…

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…

Our message to Assad: kill a lot more of your people, but nicely. And please spin it out

15 April 2017 8:30

Let me take this opportunity to join with our Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary in commending President Trump’s swift and…

What the papers say: Did Boris bungle his first big test?

12 April 2017 8:52

Boris Johnson fell flat on his face at yesterday’s G7 summit. Having called for tougher sanctions against Russia to punish…

The G7 proves too weak to hold Putin to account

11 April 2017 12:28

The G7 has failed to agree on any new sanctions on Russia following the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons…

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…

The enigma of the Trump-Putin story

9 April 2017 11:00

Donald Trump’s Washington is a city of many secrets, but no mysteries. So much about the Trump-Putin story remains unknown,…