Owen Matthews

A year in the life of Ivan Chistyakov, Gulag guard

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Spare a thought for the poor Gulag guard: the rifleman standing in the freezing wind on the outside of the…

Why Putin’s Russia will be keeping quiet about 1917

7 January 2017 9:00 am

The 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution presents today’s Russian autocrats with an embarrassing dilemma

I met Donald Trump’s Russian fan club (and fought them on TV)

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Encounters with Trump fans and TV hucksters in Russia’s increasingly glossy capital

Revealed: Putin’s covert war on western decadence

1 October 2016 9:00 am

The Kremlin sees itself as a moral fortress against western decadence

‘The Road to Siberia’ by Sergei Dmitrievich Miloradovich

Siberia: always a byword for despotism

23 July 2016 8:00 am

Owen Matthews on the horrific early history of the largest open-air prison in the world

Stupid attacks on Russia only help Vladimir Putin

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Lazy, bigoted and conspiracy-minded criticisms of Russia only help Vladimir Putin

Putin’s winning in Syria – but making a powerful new enemy

20 February 2016 9:00 am

In Syria, the Russian leader is on the verge of his biggest – and riskiest – coup yet

How Putin outwitted the West

10 October 2015 9:00 am

His cynical statecraft in Syria has run rings around Britain and America

Can Putin ban homosexuality and endorse polygamy? Yes he can

8 August 2015 9:00 am

The Kremlin is tying itself in ideological knots as it tries to make new friends in the Muslim world

Panic, profiteering and a mysterious girl in a Mini: notes from Moscow

17 January 2015 9:00 am

 Moscow Here we go again. The rouble slides, then tumbles, and slides again. For those of us who remember the…

Letter from Donetsk: peace, with missile attacks

11 October 2014 9:00 am

For what is technically peacetime, there’s a lot of shelling going on round here. Donetsk airport is still held by…

Meet Vladimir Putin's real challengers (they're even worse than he is)

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Cuddly liberals aren’t going to displace Putin: his real challengers are ultra-nationalists like Igor Strelkov

Vladimir Putin’s empire of lies

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Putin’s answer to the destruction of Flight MH17 has been more propaganda. In Russia, at least, it seems to be working

No, Putin didn’t plot to invade Ukraine. But now he might have to

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Further Russian military intervention would be a disaster. But Putin might have to do it anyway

A demonstration in Istanbul against the ban on Twitter, 22 March 2014

How did revolution become Istanbul's new normal?

5 April 2014 9:00 am

On a recent weekend I was thinking of taking my sons to downtown Istanbul to do some bazaar browsing. ‘Bad…

Let Putin have Crimea – and it will destroy him

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Losing Crimea will be the making of Ukraine. And gaining it might well destroy the Russian president

Vladimir Putin's new plan for world domination

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Russia is returning as an ideological force in the world – to champion conservative values

Putin’s own Cold War

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Russia is ever more hostile to the US. But the US no longer needs to care

China: the Middle East’s new power broker

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Could China be the key to peace between Israel and Iran?

Who killed Newsweek?

29 December 2012 9:00 am

Tina Brown can’t just blame the internet

Istanbul: Going Deeper

30 June 2012 6:00 am

Owen Matthews takes you beyond the tourist trail

Set art free

10 March 2012 3:00 pm

Let’s not waste more millions ‘saving’ Old Masters

A crackdown on kleptocrats

4 December 2010 12:00 am

The law is catching up with Russia’s corrupt oligarchs

There’s something rotten in the state of Russia

6 January 2010 12:00 am

President Dimitry Medvedev was supposed to clean up his country but, says Owen Matthews, feudalism, lawlessness and corruption suit all those keen to hold onto money and power

Russia’s ignorant still hate Solzhenitsyn

6 August 2008 12:00 am

Owen Matthews says that the great literary prophet has been attacked on the internet by Russians who associate him with the collapse of the Soviet Union. The truth still hurts