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

Russia

Russians are wary of Putin’s vaccine

Russians have learnt to be suspicious of bullish official claims

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

Putin’s culture war

Putin is trying to mobilize the so-called Great Patriotic War in his drive to assert his country’s greatness

By Mark Galeotti

Europe

Putin prepares to send in the troops

Putin has no affection for Lukashenko, a man who for years played Russia against the EU

By Mark Galeotti

Europe

Belarus’s regime is nearing collapse

Politically, Lukashenko is a dead man walking

By Mark Galeotti

Russia

Putin’s referendum rigging is a sign of weakness

It is not that Putin necessarily wants to rule until he is 84

By Mark Galeotti

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