Russia

Don’t be fooled by Putin’s bungling spies

9 October 2018 12:27

Suddenly Russian spies seem funny rather than fearsome. ‘More Johnny English than James Bond’ as Security Minister Ben Wallace put…

Corbyn’s Salisbury response is straight from the Trump playbook

6 September 2018 15:05

It is deeply weird that Jeremy Corbyn will not condemn Russia for carrying out a chemical weapons attack on British…

Jeremy Corbyn and Novichok: what did the Labour leader really say?

5 September 2018 17:55

Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman this afternoon caused something of a stir when he insisted to journalists that the Labour leader had…

The British government must not let Russia off the hook

7 August 2018 15:28

On the day that Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned, Arsenal were hosting CSKA Moscow for the second leg of a Champions…

Erdogan, Trump and other fragile egos: Theresa May’s unenviable foreign policy dilemmas

29 June 2018 16:39

Given the way her Cabinet ministers are behaving at the moment, Theresa May is really rather used to dealing with…

England’s diverse World Cup team is something to celebrate

18 June 2018 13:40

England kick off their World Cup campaign today by putting their faith in youth as they take on Tunisia: Gareth…

How Nato is fighting back against Russian fake news

9 June 2018 11:00

At first, the Spanish marines are just a distant dot on the horizon. A few minutes later their speedboat is…

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…

Argentina, why not boycott the entire World Cup?

6 June 2018 15:52

I am all for taking ethical stands, but if you are going to do so it does help to show…

Putin shows off his ‘dagger’ on Victory Day

10 May 2018 8:46

It’s difficult to think of a good comparison from the thousands of public holidays, festivals, galas and pageants around the world by which to…

The 10 graphs that explain Vladimir Putin’s Russia

27 April 2018 11:42

This is an edited version of a presentation given by Owen Matthews at The Spectator’s What does Russia want? event.…

The Cold War is over – and the Grey War has begun

18 April 2018 11:18

Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, announced on Friday that the Cold War is “back with a vengeance”. Although the US…

Vladimir Putin and the new Cold War

15 April 2018 9:00

In my researches for the final volume of my Thatcher biography, there is plenty, of course, about the Cold War,…

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…

Is Trump the Neville Chamberlain of our time?

13 April 2018 20:38

So Britain is responsible for staging the Syrian gas attack? According to Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov:…

Theresa May is losing the PR battle on Syria

13 April 2018 18:29

After Theresa May’s Cabinet agreed on the ‘need to take action’ in Syria, it seems a matter of when, not…

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…

Sergei Skripal being out of a critical condition doesn’t get Moscow off the hook

6 April 2018 17:54

The latest news from the Salisbury attack is that Sergei Skripal is no longer in a critical condition and that…

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…

No 10’s Novichok damage control

3 April 2018 19:23

Theresa May’s widely-praised handling of the Salisbury poisoning hit a bump in the road this afternoon with the news that…

The diplomat expulsion game is a pointless charade

30 March 2018 14:52

Diplomats are poker chips. The pomp and mystery that accrues to the diplomatic and intelligence services en poste overseas conceal…

Watch: Labour MP turns on Corbyn in the Chamber over Russia

26 March 2018 18:52

Oh dear. It’s no great secret that the Parliamentary Labour Party has struggled to get to grips with Jeremy Corbyn’s…

May praises ‘solidarity’ from EU and US on Russia, and backs her aide in outing row

26 March 2018 17:59

Theresa May covered a fair bit of ground in her statement to the Commons on last week’s European Council meeting.…