Owen Matthews

Europe

Putin plans to make the West destroy itself

Chaos and division is the real goal for Russia

By Owen Matthews

Russia

Vladimir Putin’s history fetish

The Russian leader has published an extraordinary essay about the Soviet role in World War Two

By Owen Matthews

Books

Vlad the Derailer

Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Turned on the West by Catherine Belton reviewed

By Owen Matthews

China

Putin needs Xi more than China needs Russia

A special relationship

By Owen Matthews

Russia

Can Putin survive the coronavirus stress test?

His regime is facing its greatest challenge yet

By Owen Matthews

Books

The King of Christmas: a short story by Owen Matthews

Dinner is as close to a feast as the fast of Christmastide will allow

By Owen Matthews

Europe

In Ukraine’s presidential elections, life is imitating Netflix

Can Volodymyr Zelensky go from comedy star to the leader of Ukraine?

By Owen Matthews

Europe

Does Putin intend to go to war with Ukraine?

He may have underestimated Petro Poroshenko’s stomach for a fight

By Owen Matthews

Russia

How Bellingcat outfoxes the world’s spy agencies

The inside story of how it got the Skripal scoop

By Owen Matthews

Books

The magnificent Atkinsons: rigours of travel in 19th-century Russia

Mosquitoes and lice plague them all summer, bitter cold and storms all winter, and they face the constant risk of violence and sudden death.

By Owen Matthews

Books

Why the Romanovs were doomed

There never really was a moment when the Russian royal family might plausibly have been rescued.

By Owen Matthews

Russia

Putin says he’s making Russia great again. In reality, it’s crumbling

This is Putin’s time. Next week, the Fifa World Cup kicks off in Moscow, and the Kremlin has spared no expense to showcase Vladimir Putin’s new Russia as a vibrant, safe and strong nation. Half a million visitors will be welcomed — with the Russian press reporting that the notorious ‘Ultra’ hooligans have been officially […]

By Owen Matthews

Russia

The 10 graphs that explain Vladimir Putin’s Russia

This is an edited version of a presentation given by Owen Matthews at The Spectator’s What does Russia want? event. What I’d like to do is give a run-through of how we got to where we are with Russia. From the end of the Cold War onwards, focusing on the economy – and how the […]

By Owen Matthews

Russia

The diplomat expulsion game is a pointless charade

Diplomats are poker chips. The pomp and mystery that accrues to the diplomatic and intelligence services en poste overseas conceal a simple truth: in today’s world, journalists, bankers, NGOs and bloggers are, far more often than not, better informed than diplomats about the countries in which they operate. I know this to be true in […]

By Owen Matthews

Putin’s great soccer game

Authoritarian regimes love grand international sporting events. There’s something about the mass regimentation, the set-piece spectacle, the old-fashioned idea of nation states competing for glory that appeals to leaders who wish to show off the greatness of their country to the world. Berlin ’36, Moscow ’80, Sochi ’14 — nothing says ‘we’re here, get used […]

By Owen Matthews

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