Vladimir Putin

Merkel considers bringing Russian Covid-19 vaccine to EU
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a weekly meeting of the German Federal cabinet.
In Brief

Merkel considers bringing Russian Covid-19 vaccine to EU

German chancellor and Vladimir Putin discuss joint production of jab as criticism of Berlin’s vaccinations rollout intensifies
7 Jan 2021
Novichok put in Navalny’s underwear, says FSB spy
Alexei Navalny
Stranger than fiction

Novichok put in Navalny’s underwear, says FSB spy

FSB agent tricked into revealing bizarre details of plot to kill Putin’s chief critic
22 Dec 2020
Alexei Navalny poisoned with negroni after being ‘tailed by hit squad’
Alexei Navalny speaks with journalists during a rally
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Alexei Navalny poisoned with negroni after being ‘tailed by hit squad’

Reports say the FSB squad had been tracking Navalny since 2017
15 Dec 2020
Is Russia set to snatch Belarus’s independence?
Pro-democracy protestors demonstrate in Minsk, Belarus.
In Depth

Is Russia set to snatch Belarus’s independence?

Officials from Moscow descend on Minsk as President Alexander Lukashenko clings to power
27 Nov 2020
Instant Opinion: US was ‘lucky to get Trump’
Donald Trump
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Instant Opinion: US was ‘lucky to get Trump’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 11 November
11 Nov 2020
Russians spreading fake news about Oxford vaccine
Coronavirus vaccine
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Russians spreading fake news about Oxford vaccine

Online disinformation campaign targets countries where Russia’s immunisation jab is being marketed
16 Oct 2020
Instant Opinion: Johnson should ‘hug Starmer close’
Boris
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Instant Opinion: Johnson should ‘hug Starmer close’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 14 October
14 Oct 2020

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What does Alexi Navalny’s return mean for Putin?
Alexi Navalny addresses reporters in Moscow.
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What does Alexi Navalny’s return mean for Putin?

Leading dissident vows to ‘destroy’ Russian leader following full recovery from novichok attack
2 Oct 2020
Michael Cohen: four key claims in ex-lawyer’s Trump memoir
Michael Cohen
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Michael Cohen: four key claims in ex-lawyer’s Trump memoir

The president’s former fixer claims his then boss made sexual comments about underage daughter
9 Sep 2020
Vladimir Putin prepares force to put down Belarus protests
Alexander Lukashenko welcomes Vladimir Putin prior to a Collective Security Treaty Organisation summit in 2017
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Vladimir Putin prepares force to put down Belarus protests

Russian president confirms he is ready to send support to bolster Alexander Lukashenko’s rule
28 Aug 2020
Instant Opinion: the US’s ‘second most dysfunctional family’
Kellyanne Conway
In Depth

Instant Opinion: the US’s ‘second most dysfunctional family’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 25 August
25 Aug 2020
Corbyn’s refusal to condemn Russia was ‘wrong’, says ex-aide
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Corbyn’s refusal to condemn Russia was ‘wrong’, says ex-aide

New book claims refusal to condemn Russia over Skripal poisoning fuelled ‘doubts’ of both Labour MPs and voters about his leadership
25 Aug 2020
Has Alexei Navalny fallen foul of a ‘Putin poisoning’?
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Has Alexei Navalny fallen foul of a ‘Putin poisoning’?

Russian opposition leader in Siberian hospital after falling ill on plane
20 Aug 2020
Belarus election crisis: will Russia intervene?
Putin Lukashenko
In Depth

Belarus election crisis: will Russia intervene?

Minsk approaches Moscow for support amid violent protests over alleged election rigging
17 Aug 2020
Instant Opinion: Putin ‘wants Scottish independence’
scottish independence
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Putin ‘wants Scottish independence’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 22 July
22 Jul 2020
Reaction: MI5 to get more powers following Russia report
MI5 building
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Reaction: MI5 to get more powers following Russia report

Former spy chief says outdated security laws allow foreign agents to act with impunity
22 Jul 2020
Russian elite using experimental Covid vaccine since April
Vladimir Putin
In Brief

Russian elite using experimental Covid vaccine since April

Kremlin-linked tycoons and political figures given early access to potential Covid-19 jab
21 Jul 2020
How Russian hackers targeted the coronavirus vaccine
Vladimir Putin at a lab in Abkhazia
In Depth

How Russian hackers targeted the coronavirus vaccine

UK, US and Canada say researchers have come under attack from the Kremlin
17 Jul 2020
Are Chechen assassins roaming Europe?
Police at the scene of Mamikhan Umarov’s death
In Depth

Are Chechen assassins roaming Europe?

Dissident blogger who criticised the Russian leader’s ally becomes latest exile to meet violent end
8 Jul 2020
Why Putin’s ‘presidency for life’ may not be secure
Vladimir Putin
In Depth

Why Putin’s ‘presidency for life’ may not be secure

Russians have voted to extend their leader’s term but experts say his grip on power is slipping
3 Jul 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘the global Covid-19 crisis isn’t over’
Kenya coronavirus
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Instant Opinion: ‘the global Covid-19 crisis isn’t over’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 30 June
30 Jun 2020
Donald Trump ‘bullied and humiliated' Theresa May
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Donald Trump ‘bullied and humiliated' Theresa May

President revealed to be ‘deferential’ to dictators while hectoring female world leaders
30 Jun 2020
Behind the Russian plot to pay Taliban for killing US troops
US troops in Afghanistan
In Depth

Behind the Russian plot to pay Taliban for killing US troops

Intelligence sources says British soldiers also targeted in covert operation in Afghanistan
29 Jun 2020
Five things we learn about Trump from John Bolton’s memoir
Donald Trump with John Bolton, his national security adviser
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Five things we learn about Trump from John Bolton’s memoir

US president is trying to block the publication of his former security adviser’s explosive book
18 Jun 2020
Russia battles to clean up ‘worst ever’ oil spill in Arctic
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Russia battles to clean up ‘worst ever’ oil spill in Arctic

State of emergency declared following leakage of more than 21,000 tons of diesel in Siberia
11 Jun 2020
Will coronavirus bring down Vladimir Putin?
Putin in protective gear
In Depth

Will coronavirus bring down Vladimir Putin?

The Russian president has rarely looked so vulnerable during his 20 year-reign
7 May 2020
How is Russia coping in the pandemic?
Vladimir Putin
In Depth

How is Russia coping in the pandemic?

Plummeting oil prices are combining with Covid-19 to badly damage the Russian economy
23 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: how is Covid-19 affecting Russia?
Putin
In Depth

Coronavirus: how is Covid-19 affecting Russia?

Vladimir Putin delays vote on extending rule amid pandemic
26 Mar 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘Neglect of science left us exposed’
Vaccination
In Depth

Instant Opinion: ‘Neglect of science left us exposed’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Thursday 12 March
12 Mar 2020
Putin’s plan to rule for longer than Stalin
Putin
In Depth

Putin’s plan to rule for longer than Stalin

Russia’s parliament approves new constitution that allows Putin to stay on for another 16 years
12 Mar 2020
Flight MH17: Four men go on trial for murder
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Flight MH17: Four men go on trial for murder

The accused are not expected to appear in Schiphol court
9 Mar 2020
The impact of Turkey’s fight with Syria
Syria refugees
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The impact of Turkey’s fight with Syria

Moscow and Ankara agree Idlib ceasefire - but analysts fear truce may prove short-lived
6 Mar 2020
Why the entire Russian government has resigned
Putin and Medvedev
In Depth

Why the entire Russian government has resigned

Shock move followed speech from Vladimir Putin in which he signalled plans to prolong his reign
16 Jan 2020
US-Iran crisis: are we heading towards World War Three?
Major General Qasem Soleimani, Iran
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US-Iran crisis: are we heading towards World War Three?

Police in Tehran firing live rounds at anti-government protests over plane deaths, say witnesses
13 Jan 2020
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