Vladimir Putin

How chess became a tool of totalitarian Communism

Unless Europeans and Americans reform government by cutting back its functions and adopting the best practice in delivering services, from Indian medicine to Singaporean welfare, they risk being overtaken by China and other rivals.

The betrayal of Ukraine is only the latest chapter in the slow retreat of Western civilisation since the triumph of 1989. Unless something changes soon, that retreat now threatens to become a stampede.

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.

The Ukraine crisis has revealed the incoherence of the Obama doctrine. Until the US reasserts itself, liberal democracy is in danger

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

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

Jack Ryan is a modern hero taking on a modern Russia

When should sporting events be boycotted?