Vladimir Putin

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.…

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…

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…

With 240 potential witnesses, were Skripal’s poisoners trying to send a message?

10 March 2018 19:20

‘Any fool can commit murder, but it takes an artist to make it look like suicide’ the KGB used to…

Vladimir Putin is innocent until proven guilty in the Russian spy case

7 March 2018 15:25

The apparent chemical attack on a former Russian double-agent and his daughter in an English cathedral city could be straight…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Trump, Putin and Erdogan. The G20 should be quite something

6 July 2017 16:12

G20 summits are usually dreadfully dull affairs, but this week’s global chinwag in Hamburg should be refreshingly feisty. No conference with…

The Spectator Podcast: The Islamist worldview

25 May 2017 13:40

On this week’s episode, we reflect on the tragic events in Manchester and what can be done to prevent similar…

Boris was right on sanctions

15 April 2017 8:30

Boris Johnson has received a bit of a kicking this week. There have been no shortage of people wanting to…

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…

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…

Are Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin fast becoming enemies?

14 February 2017 10:58

It’s been said a lot that, for all the supposed closeness between Russia and the new US administration, the Trump-Putin…

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…

Ambassador Karlov’s killing leaves Turkey’s relations with Russia hanging in the balance once again

20 December 2016 7:53

They say a picture is worth a thousands words. The one of an off-duty police officer standing triumphantly over the…

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…

Murdered Christians are 2016’s least fashionable minority

16 December 2016 13:15

The murderers and persecutors of Christians have had a good year. With one exception – the killing of Fr Jacques Hamel…

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…

The English right’s Trump temptation

9 November 2016 14:52

Labour’s election then re-election of Jeremy Corbyn was the equivalent of a suicidal man who, when the noose snaps and…

We’re too busy vilifying Putin and Russia to notice our own misdeeds

22 October 2016 15:42

I have been wondering these last few weeks whether it would be cheaper to excavate a basement and buy a…