Mark Galeotti

Sports

Why Russia’s Olympic punishment backfired

The official line is that the doping program did not happen. The unofficial one is that everyone dopes, but only the Russians get punished

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

Joe Biden’s Russia-bashing is a tactical mistake

Overheated rhetoric encourages woolly-thinking at home and a backlash in Russia

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

The Soviet specter haunting Afghanistan

When the war ended in 1988, it was not because the Soviets had been beaten on the battlefield but because they had been exhausted

By Mark Galeotti

Europe

Lukashenko’s migrant warfare against the EU

Belarus is now directly helping migrants get into the EU and helping them cross the border into Lithuania

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

Why an EU-Russia summit was always going to fail

The Russians find it hard to believe that the EU really exists as an entity in its own right

By Mark Galeotti

Europe

It’s time to kick out Lukashenko’s KGB thugs

Unlike economic sanctions, kicking out known and suspected KGB officers has no real cost to us

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

Alexei Navalny’s big gamble

The Russian dissident is transforming from a politician to an icon

By Mark Galeotti

Europe

The rules of Putin’s game

The Kremlin’s paranoia is the result of imperial collapse

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

Biden’s sanctions send a warning to Putin

This is a warning to the Kremlin that the US intelligence community has a detailed grasp of what is being done by Russia

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

Russian saber-rattling over Ukraine demands a different response

This is a time for the West to formulate serious consequences for Moscow if it launches a full offensive

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

The truth behind Putin’s hit lists

We need to make sure we can tell the difference between a Bond film and real life

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

The EU’s sorry excuse for sanctions won’t change Putin’s way

A handful of personal sanctions are not going to change the trajectory of Putin’s state

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

Will Iron Felix scare Moscow’s protesters?

Statue-restoring in Russia may well be signaling of a rather different kind

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

Alexei Navalny is getting under the Kremlin’s skin

He has inspired a ‘coalition of the fed up’

By Mark Galeotti

Heads will roll following the Navalny prank call blunder

The Russian opposition leader rang up one of his would-be assassins and got him to confess on tape

By Mark Galeotti

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