Mark Galeotti Mark Galeotti

Why even Vladimir Putin has paid tribute to the Queen

There is a strange Anglophilia still strikingly present in Russia

Vladimir Putin and Queen Elizabeth II, 2003 (photo: Getty)

It is a mark of the Queen’s standing that even Vladimir Putin, in the midst of an undeclared economic and political war between Russia and the West, sent King Charles III his ‘deepest condolences’ after Her Majesty’s death. The Russian leader noted that:

‘The most important events in the recent history of the United Kingdom are inextricably linked with the name of Her Majesty.

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