Orlando Figes

Orlando Figes is a historian and the author of A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891–1924. He tweets @orlandofiges

Putin’s Russian history is a fantasy

As the first cracks appear in the Kremlin leadership, it it is becoming clear that this is Putin’s war against Ukraine. Nato’s expansion is a secondary factor, the pretext Putin used to get doubters like foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on his side. Putin’s aim is to destroy Ukraine as a sovereign nation and restore it as a

Will Europe remain united against Putin?

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Kate Andrews talks to James Forsyth and the historian Orlando Figes about whether Europe’s united response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine will hold, and the effect of sanctions on Russia’s economy and its oligarchs.