Russia

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,…

Russia is a new front for radical Islam

4 April 2017 9:10

Moscow Russia’s REN TV, which published the first image of a person who planted a bomb on a train in St…

Ten killed in St Petersburg blast

3 April 2017 13:51

Ten people have been killed and dozens injured in an explosion on the St Petersburg metro. The blast happened onboard a…

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…

How Lenin manipulated the Russian Revolution to his own ends

25 March 2017 9:30

The centenary of the Russian Revolution has arrived right on time, just as the liberal democratic world is getting a…

The Left’s great Russian conspiracy theory

2 March 2017 17:33

The chattering classes have officially lost it. On both sides of the Atlantic. Of course they’d been teetering on the…

The Spectator podcast: Sturgeon’s second stab

2 March 2017 12:26

On this week’s episode we question whether Nicola Sturgeon might be tempted by a second independence referendum, consider the increasingly frosty relations…

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…

Don’t bet on Trump putting a stop to the hounding of British banks

5 February 2017 9:00

President Donald Trump is demolishing his predecessor’s legacy as fast as he can sign executive orders, but one thing for…

What the papers say: Donald Trump hits back

12 January 2017 8:42

Donald Trump is dominating the headlines once again after he hit back furiously at reports that Russia had compromising videos…

Can Donald Trump really be a compromised agent of Russian influence?

11 January 2017 20:25

During the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, American parents found politics to be a painfully embarrassing subject to discuss in front of their…