Vladimir Putin

How Putin turned Russian politics into reality TV

14 February 2015 9:00 am

‘We all know there will be no real politics.’ A prominent Russian TV presenter is speaking off the record at…

The fallen idol: seeing Putin in a new light

7 February 2015 9:00 am

The way to think about Russia, Bill Browder told me in Moscow in 2004, using a comparison he recycles in…

Taki’s recipe for the survival of the Greek nation

7 February 2015 9:00 am

The good news is that a Greek suppository is about to relieve the EU’s economic constipation. The bad is that…

Playing chicken with Vladimir Putin

29 November 2014 9:00 am

An official end to the Cold War was declared at a summit between President George H. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev…

Europe will reconcile with Russia, and soon. It can’t afford not to

18 October 2014 9:00 am

The West will have to drop sanctions on Russia – or face another global economic crash

Violence, fear, confusion: this is what comes into a leadership vacuum

16 August 2014 9:00 am

The old cliché that ‘nothing happens in August’ has again been brutally disproved. From the centenary of the outbreak of…

The MH17 disaster

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, told Parliament that President Vladimir Putin of Russia should end his country’s support for…

Sanctions won’t tame Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Talking might

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Sanctions won’t help. One thing might

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

Peter Mandelson’s diary: The accomplishments of George Osborne – and Vladimir Putin

31 May 2014 9:00 am

My trips to meet Russians in Russia these days are a little less controversial than my encounter with them in…

Paul Johnson’s diary: Boris would make a great PM – but he must strike now

10 May 2014 9:00 am

I feel an intense antipathy for Vladimir Putin. No one on the international scene has aroused in me such dislike…

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

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

Putin is making the West's Cold Warriors look like fools

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Russia is making the West look posturing, weak and divided

Cicero would have agreed with Putin

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Last September Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against a ‘unipolar’ world, saying that the national revival of Russia was in…

Crimean notebook: ‘They’ll have to break all my bones to make me a Russian citizen’

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Vladimir Putin still swears that there are no Russian troops in Crimea, so their mission is to say as little…

Any other business: Britain’s chaotic energy policy puts us in Putin’s hands

8 March 2014 9:00 am

To have written last month that the headline ‘Kiev in flames’ looked like a black swan on the economic horizon…

Europe's 'new world order' is letting Vladimir Putin run riot

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Putin has now broken the post-Cold War consensus for good. But Russia may not enjoy the results

Spectator letters: Wind and bias, and the Scots at war

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Caution over wind Sir: While the broadcast media have assailed their audiences with simplistic yet blanket coverage of the floods…

Any other business: The friends of Putin taking home gold from the Sochi Olympics

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Imagine if the BBC’s excitable commentators had been asked to cover the building of Sochi’s facilities, rather than the Winter…

Ian Buruma’s notebook: Teenagers discover Montaigne the blogger

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Bard College in upstate New York, where I teach in the spring semester, is an interesting institution, once better known…

Sochi Olympics: Why picking on gays has backfired so horribly for Vladimir Putin

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Russia’s thuggish President has picked on the wrong minority

Five reasons to be cheerful about British sport (yes, even the cricket)

25 January 2014 9:00 am

James Cook’s third voyage as an English captain ended in disaster, stabbed to death and disembowelled by a pack of…

Long life: Putin, Saatchi, Murdoch...hell hath no fury like an old man scorned

13 July 2013 9:00 am

The days may be long gone when a husband would pretend to commit adultery in a Brighton hotel so as…