Russia

Putin’s ideology can be traced back to Sergey Uvarov

The star of Pussy Riot combines beauty and charisma with quiet courage and a remarkable mind

We do business with other authoritarian regimes when we need to — so the West should take illiberal Russia more seriously  

Anti-Western ideologies are filling the vacuum left by Soviet Communism, but the Eurasian fantasy is likely to disappoint 

‘The first who came to Tuva had come in search of Belovode: a mythical Russian utopia that peasants believed existed out in Siberia’

For Vladimir Putin, Syria is as much a question of religion as of arms sales; in his eyes, Assad protects Syria’s ancient Christian communities

Ben Judah’s rich and thoughtful account of the Putin years charts a Russian political system continually manipulated by a wounded leader

The Last Man in Russia by Oliver Bullough charts the unsavoury history of alcoholism, violence, abortions and nihilism in the former USSR. For all this, it is beautifully written

‘It was then that it hit me: I was being interrogated by the FSB. It was only then I began to see how terrified the locals were’