Russia

The once-great home of Immanuel Kant has become a post-Soviet dystopia, fortified by Putin — a time bomb waiting to explode

The irony of Lenin, Victor Sebestyan’s biography reveals, is that he was profoundly bourgeois

For all Vladimir Putin’s military adventures, the Russian economy is now shrinking — far too small to pose a real threat to the West

“Putin revels in others’ weakness. A man with a facelift who poses bare-chested on horseback is not a well man”

The hearty icons of Soviet womanhood have vanished

A Donald Trump presidency would test the alliance to breaking point at a time when it faces threats across a wide range of fronts

The Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov is accident prone but a worthy successor to Horowitz and Richter

The Syrian desert city now recaptured from ISIS has a long affinity with St Petersburg, and the Hermitage will be vital to its restoration

Eurasian ideology, with its appeal to a glorious but bogus past, is assiduously promoted by the Kremlin to shore up the regime

If Britain leaves the EU, the West will be weaker. Geopolitical reality makes the case for staying engaged compelling even for Eurosceptics