• Putin’s toxic legacy

    Matthew Sussex     |      December 6, 2022

    While Russia’s beleaguered dictator amuses himself by lobbing rockets at Ukrainian civilians, his country has become an international pariah and is falling apart around him.

  • Nobel Peace Prize lauds the fight against Putin

    Robert Dover     |      October 9, 2022

    In recognising a range of activists in Ukraine, Belorussia and Russia itself, the Nobel Committee have dealt another blow to the crumbling dictatorship of Vladimir Putin.

  • Dr. Evil

    Robert Wihtol     |      October 6, 2022

    Russia had a chance to embrace freedom and peace after the collapse of communism, but KGB operative Vladimir Putin – now the longest serving Russian dictator since Stalin – has dedicated his life to restoring the iron fist of tyranny.

  • Downfall

    Matthew Sussex     |      October 5, 2022

    Forcing untrained, unwilling conscripts to fight in Ukraine and shifting the blame for failure onto his subordinates is uniting both the Russian people and elites against embattled dictator Vladimir Putin.

  • A bad week for Putin

    Jonathan Este     |      September 23, 2022

    Vladimir Putin’s imposition of conscription has prompted long queues at borders and airports as men flee the order to die in Ukraine, while his plan for fake ‘referendums’ in occupied territories will be ignored by Ukraine’s defenders and the rest of the world.

  • How Putin’s winter followed Gorbachev’s spring

    Jennifer Mathers     |      September 4, 2022

    Former KGB operative Vladimir Putin wasted no time in reestablishing state control over the political freedoms introduced by Gorbachev as soon as he came to power in 1999.

  • Putin’s Stalinist plan for Ukraine

    Paul Maddrell     |      June 22, 2022

    Putin’s quest to conquor the whole of Ukraine has stalled, but his attempts to absorb the east of the country through brutal force and ethic cleansing echo the approach of his main role model.

  • Prosecuting Putin

    Victor Peskin     |      June 21, 2022

    The capture and prosecution of Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic offers a playbook for bringing Vladimir Putin to justice for his savage assault on Ukraine.

  • Russia’s slide into tyranny

    William Partlett     |      April 21, 2022

    After Soviet communist dictatorship collapsed, Russia’s brief flirtation with democracy descended into autocracy as an ever more powerful President centred absolute power in his own hands.

  • Putin’s people – How the KGB took back Russia then took on the West

    John West     |      April 2, 2022

    Catherine Belton’s book “Putin’s People” explains how the Russian dictator and his KGB cronies snuffed out democracy in Russia and began to rebuild the Soviet Empire to entrench themselves in power.

  • How to handle a mad dog?

    Magnus Linden     |      March 26, 2022

    How do you solve a problem like Vladimir Putin? A two-level game is needed, based on understanding the psychology behind his destructive leadership, to drive a wedge between him and the Russian people.