Russia

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…

Trump’s performance will have delighted Putin

11 January 2017 18:48

After 167 days without a press conference, Donald Trump’s performance in Trump Tower didn’t disappoint. He abused journalists, denounced a…

Steerpike competition: what would it take to smear Trump?

11 January 2017 11:17

Today the world awoke to the news that intelligence chiefs allege Russians have compromising personal information on Donald Trump. Buzzfeed,…

SNP MP comes to Russia’s defence

30 December 2016 12:32

On Thursday, Barack Obama announced the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats in retaliation for Russian attempts to interfere with the US presidential…

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…

My longed-for wishing lamppost

23 December 2016 9:00

Once I read about a wishing lamppost that answered wishes in a place where nobody believed in them. My wish…

The uses of terror

21 December 2016 7:37

I mean no disrespect to the dead when I say that Islamist terror in the developed world can seem a…

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…

Russia killed Olympic amateurism. Now it might kill anti-doping

9 December 2016 14:44

The row about Russia’s state-sponsored doping programme will continue for years. The fact is that Russia has a long tradition…

Trump and Fillon mean that Britain matters far more to Eastern Europe

28 November 2016 14:46

By next summer, Britain could be the only one of the three major Western military powers unequivocally opposed to the…