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Russia

Total 36 Posts

Putin’s mobilisation speech: what he said and what he meant

5 min read
Vladimir Putin sees his war in Ukraine as an existential war, while the West sees it as a war of choice. The West needs to understand the messages coming from Russia, not ignore them.

Putin calls up more troops in Ukraine and threatens nuclear option in a speech which ups the ante but shows Russia’s weakness

6 min read
Vladimir Putin has played most of his cards now and is still not winning on the ground in Ukraine. His televised address to the Russian people is a desperate attempt to raise the stakes over the war.

Putin’s failure in Ukraine will pave the way for China’s rise to pre-eminence in Eurasia

5 min read
A rapid shift in the balance of power between Moscow and Beijing has become apparent at the last Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting after the enormous military setbacks that Russia has suffered over the past few weeks in Ukraine.

How Gorbachev’s fragile legacy of free speech has been destroyed by Putin

6 min read
Glasnost was hailed as one of Mikhail Gorbachev’s great achievements. But it was a fragile freedom and soon overturned by Vladimir Putin.

Last week the Axis Of Autocracy was consummated.

6 min read
If Donald Trump is elected President in 2024, none of the world’s democracies will be safe or protected from China’s or Russia’s forced attempts to convert democracies to autocracies.

Finland and Sweden’s desire to join Nato shows Putin has permanently redrawn the map of Europe.

5 min read
Sweden and Finland’s plans to join Nato are a symbol of a major shake-up of the European security order.

Russia may declare war on Ukraine on May 9 – and use it as a reason to double down on attacks.

5 min read
Western officials say that Russia may officially declare war on Ukraine on May 9. An international relations expert explains why this day is significant, and why a war declaration would matter.
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