Russia

Trumpworld is spinning out of control

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Trumpworld is spinning out of control

The plight of the returnee: A Terrible Country, by Keith Gessen, reviewed

18 August 2018 9:00 am

If the 20th century popularised the figure of the émigré, the 21st has introduced that of the returnee, who, aided…

Lake Kolyvan in the Altai Republic. Watercolour by Thomas Atkinson

The magnificent Atkinsons: rigours of travel in 19th-century Russia

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Russia has always attracted a certain breed of foreigner: adventurers, drawn to the country’s vastness and emptiness; chancers, seeking fortunes…

Assad is back for good in Syria - and with Trump’s blessing

21 July 2018 9:00 am

He’s back – with Russia’s army and America’s blessing

Rarely have I sat through such a chaotic and whimsical script: Describe the Night reviewed

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Describe the Night opens in Poland in 1920 where two Russian soldiers, Isaac and Nikolai, discuss truth and falsehood. Next…

The rise – and rise – of Trump Derangement Syndrome

5 May 2018 9:00 am

New York ‘What do we do with these men?’ thundered a New York Times headline. It was followed by a…

Corbyn’s profoundly anti-western worldview is fully exposed at last

21 April 2018 9:00 am

The Tories’ great worry after the last election was that they had effectively vaccinated the electorate against Jeremy Corbyn. They…

Brexit saved my marriage. Could Putin wreck it?

24 March 2018 9:00 am

I went to a dinner for Toby Young, who has had some troubles of late, at this magazine’s gracious HQ,…

Putin follows the example of Octavian

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Barely a day passes without yet another Russian explanation for the Salisbury nerve agent attack. What’s new? Such disinformation has…

Our response to the nerve gas attack has been an act of self-harm

24 March 2018 9:00 am

There was a growling Russian maniac on the BBC’s Today programme last week, an MP from the United Russia party…

The Russian spy who went to all the Tory parties

17 March 2018 9:00 am

My dealings with Sergey Nalobin

Radio’s role in winning the Cold War

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Some of us grew up worrying about reds under the bed, which was perhaps not as foolish as all that…

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,…