Throughout the media’s coverage of the Kremlin’s heinous treatment of Pussy Riot one thing has been shamefully overlooked: their feminism

Dictatorships may not be lumbering behemoths, but William J Dobson overstates the extent to which authoritarians have changed their ways

The thorn in the side of Russia’s kleptocrats stands accused of nonsensical criminal charges that amount to nothing more than the bullying of a mafia state

‘My recent book wasn’t shortlisted for the Orwell Prize but nor was Christopher Hitchens’s — the judges must be mad’

Book review of Deception: Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West by Edward Lucas

Both the Russian intelligentsia and the people have lost faith in their leader—but he won’t go quietly, whatever the voters’ verdict

British leaders should apply the lesson of Churchill’s firm resistance to a belligerent Stalin when dealing with the Kremlin

In 1984, 17 years after defecting from the Soviet Union,  Stalin’s daughter Svetlana agreed to give an interview for the Observer, explaining why she had become disillusioned with the West      

Russia and China’s deep-running antagonism makes them awkward allies

To its shame the international community has acquiesced in the Kremlin’s mafia-style state capitalism. This appeasement stifles any chance of democratic progress