Russia

Our failure to face up to the Russian ruler could have dire consequences

Alarmingly, there are credible Western voices advocating a grand bargain with Russia

How does the Kremlin exploit Russia’s long tradition of absurd conspiracy theories to control public opinion? By confabulation

Teaching etiquette in the modern world

An account of Eduard Limonov’s adventurous life, that’s a bit too heavy on admiration

A recording of our event at the Frontline Club is now available

The Lasker-Capablanca showdown of 1914

Russia may dominate world maps, but it is an economic pygmy compared with the developed nations as a bloc

Vladimir Putin is often described as being like a grandmaster in his moves on the diplomatic board. This is based on the clichéd view that Russian skill at chess is a function of national character — which it isn’t: besides which, Putin’s moves are conditioned by rage and resentment, which leads to highly irrational decisions.

It will be another decade before the Continent can substitute the product of American fracking for Russian energy piped via Ukraine