Russia

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.…

After the Salisbury attack, who is isolated now?

26 March 2018 15:58

No 10 can breathe a sigh of relief this afternoon. Not only has Theresa May’s response to the attempted murder…

Russia Today’s useful idiots

22 March 2018 13:03

Some people I respect are content to go on the Russian TV channel RT, on the grounds that ‘they let…

Will Russia disrupt the local elections?

18 March 2018 22:34

Will Russia disrupt the local elections? That’s the question being asked in Westminster. But rather than worries over Russian meddling and…

Jeremy Corbyn’s Phrygian cap

18 March 2018 8:00

Gimson’s Prime Ministers, out this week, is a crisp and stylish account of every one of them. I happened to…

Boris Titov doesn’t want to be president but he’s still taking on Putin

18 March 2018 7:00

Boris Titov is running to be president of Russia, but he’s eager to talk himself out of the job. ‘I…

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…

Jeremy Corbyn is right about Russia

16 March 2018 10:29

It’s not every day you find yourself thinking that, well, Jeremy Corbyn has a point, but that’s just how I…

Mueller subpoenas Trump Organisation’s Russia documents

15 March 2018 20:47

When Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, went to Moscow in 2006, she did all the usual tourist things: walked around Red…

Jeremy Corbyn backs his spokesman on Russia

15 March 2018 18:39

Just in case you had grown confused, the big international story at the moment is actually about Theresa May’s response…

The Spectator Podcast: Putin’s toxic power

15 March 2018 17:35

On this week’s episode, we look at the situation with Russia, and whether diplomatic relations have been poisoned. We also…

Donald Trump finally announces sanctions against Russia

15 March 2018 17:31

Donald Trump today called it a ‘very sad situation.’ The ‘it’ in question is of course the chemical weapons attack…