Russia

For Putin, the World Cup is not about football but global respect

13 January 2018 9:00 am

For Putin, the 2018 World Cup means global respect

‘Les Modes se suivent et ne se ressemblent pas’, 1926, cover design for Harper’s Bazaar

The time is right for an Erté revival – a new hero for our gender-anxious times

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Erté was destined for the imperial navy. Failing that, the army. His father and uncle had been navy men. There…

Steve Buscemi (Khrushchev), Michael Palin (Molotov) and Paul Whitehouse (Mikoyan) in The Death of Stalin

Not quite as funny as I’d hoped: Death of Stalin reviewed

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin is nearly two hours of men in bad suits bickering, but if you have…

The real reason why the Today programme is losing its edge

14 October 2017 9:00 am

There’s no doubting her passion for the programme of which she is now chief of staff. Talking to Roger Bolton…

Lenin’s New Man has killed free speech

26 August 2017 9:00 am

When the Germans smuggled arguably the world’s most evil man into Russia 100 years ago, they did not imagine the…

If Donald Trump is a Russian stooge, why is he sabre-rattling against Putin in Ukraine?

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Why is America’s President arming Russia’s opposition in Ukraine?

They like to move it: voguing at Club a la Mode, New York, 1998

A short history of voguing – an art, a sport, a way of life

15 July 2017 9:00 am

It’s dance — but not as you know it. A giddy mass of flying limbs, sashaying hips and pouty faces.…

Thank God for the DUP

17 June 2017 9:00 am

I was busy explaining to a 23-year-old American girl by the name of Jennifer why the election result was not…

Just how bad are things really for Donald Trump?

1 June 2017 4:00 am

Just how bad are things for Trump?

A new wave of dynasties — and their hangers-on — is taking over

27 May 2017 9:00 am

A new wave of dynasties – and their hangers-on – is taking over

Vladimir Putin should look to ancient Rome for tips on building an empire

29 April 2017 9:00 am

President Vladimir Putin, who still supports Bashar al-Assad in Syria, needs help if he wishes to be seen as a…

For Putin, Syria has gone from being an asset to a dangerous liability

15 April 2017 9:00 am

The Russian president is learning the drawbacks of intervention

What use is a Washington mole hunt if the chief mole is in the Oval Office?

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Donald Trump’s Washington is a city of many secrets, but no mysteries. So much about the Trump-Putin story remains unknown,…

Putin’s Russia is a much greater threat than Muslim fanaticism

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Last week’s events in London raised a recurrent dilemma for journalists, including me. It is a huge story when a…

Red dawn: Lenin demands revolution, April 1917

March 1917: Russians are proving themselves worthy of self-government

25 March 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The Russian revolution’, 24 March 1917: Even now, though the Revolution is young, the Russians have proved that they are fit…

Sana Krasikov

Is The Patriots the 21st century’s Doctor Zhivago?

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Trailing rave US reviews, fan letters from Yann Martel and Khaled Hosseini and a reputation as ‘Doctor Zhivago for the…

Why we should all tune in to Russia Today

25 March 2017 9:00 am

A cloudless sky, crunchy spring snow, longer, warmer days. I’ve finally got in some good skiing, twisting around moguls like…

The Russian way of lying

25 March 2017 9:00 am

It’s an old communist tradition – but the roots go back to Ancient Greece

Poison, spies and lies: a lunch with Trump’s old friend Roger Stone

11 March 2017 9:00 am

A conspiratorial lunch with Donald Trump’s old friend Roger Stone

Trump’s real strategy for facing Putin: speak softly and buy more nukes

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Donald Trump has not lost his capacity to surprise: few would have bet on him starting his address to Congress…

What Vladimir Putin said to the Eton boys

18 February 2017 9:00 am

How does Vladimir Putin think about the world? It becomes dangerously important to know. I still have not seen a…

‘Peasants’, c.1930, by Kazimir Malevich

The true harshness of Soviet life rarely comes through: RA’s Revolution reviewed

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Vladimir Putin notoriously declared the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 to be one of the greatest disasters of…

Death trap: Gytha Parmentier and Roman Van Houtven in ‘Us/Them’ at the Dorfman

Clever, genial and splendidly eccentric: Raising Martha reviewed

28 January 2017 9:00 am

David Spicer’s farce Raising Martha opens with a skeleton being disinterred on a frog farm by animal-rights activists. They hope…

The only good thing about the Soviet Union was cheap caviar

28 January 2017 9:00 am

I know an immensely grand aristocratic lady, impeccably mannered, with a regal grace and presence, who cannot be trusted near…

The Spectator on the killing of Rasputin

7 January 2017 9:00 am

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 6 January 1917: The war has been crowded with romantic adventures by sea…