Vladimir Putin

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 opposition party Georgia Dream has won a convincing victory in Georgia’s parliamentary elections.

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

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

David Cameron’s forthcoming visit to the Kremlin should not just be another exercise in deferential “diplomacy”