Vladímir Putin

Putin Speaks Over Nemtsov Murder

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Comedy

In which the Russian President gives a frankly unexpected take on the death of political rival Boris Nemtsov (courtesy of David Schneider, James Marti...

A New Documentary Film Charts the Rise of Ukraine's Maidan Protests

Matt Potter | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Matt Potter

I was asked to review Sergei Loznitsa's new documentary record of the Ukraine protest movement Maïdan for Radio 4's Front Row programme this month. It's a timely film. Russia's black propaganda efforts since Maidan have been unrelenting...

Nemtsov Murder 'Russian Government's Way Of Warning Critics'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK

The killing of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was the Russian government's way of warning that those who spoke out against Vladimir Putin wou...

Who Is Boris Nemtsov? 19 Things You Need To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.02.2015 | UK

The murder of Boris Nemtsov, Russia's most high-profile and charismatic opposition leader has sent shockwaves across Russia, and drawn condemnation fr...

Putin's Foe Gunned Down Outside Kremlin, Days After Family Predicted His Murder

The Huffington Post UK/AP/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.02.2015 | UK

Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, just a...

Obama v Putin: 'Dr. Strangelove' and the Doomsday Machine

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

The cold hard fact is that unless Ukraine can somehow stand up to Russian aggression on its own, the response from the West will continue to be limited precisely because Russia is a nuclear power.

Latest MH370 Theory Involves Putin And A Kazakhstan Airstrip

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK

A science writer and pilot who has regularly appeared on TV to discuss the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has posited an intriguing t...

A European Energy Union Would Hit Putin Where It Hurts Most

Guy Verhofstadt | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics
Guy Verhofstadt

If Europe can deliver an ambitious and effective Energy Union, we will deliver a range of crucial goals; more independence, a secure supply of energy, a more sustainable economy, with Europe once again leading the development of green technologies. Putin and many of the other energy exporters outside the EU, who have grown wealthy on our addiction to fossil fuels, will be willing us to fail; but this is a fight we cannot afford to lose.

British Troops To Be Deployed To Ukraine

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Politics

British military personnel are to be deployed to Ukraine over the next few weeks to provide advice and training to government troops, Prime Minister D...

Putin Talks About 'Apocalyptic' All-Out War With Ukraine

AP/The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK

Vladimir Putin has dismissed the prospect of an all-out war between Russia and Ukraine, describing the "apocalyptic scenario" as "unlikely". Speak...

Putin's Bombers Are Risking Collisions With British Civilian Aircraft

PA | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK

An air safety expert has joined former chief of the defence staff in expressing fears that Russian aircraft could collide with civilian aircraft in UK...

Never Mind Putin - Fracking and TTIP Will Make Idiots of Us All

Martin Whitlock | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics
Martin Whitlock

Officials both in Europe and America, The Guardian reports, are convinced "that the Russians have infiltrated, or are helping to fund, NGOs campaignin...

Bluster From The Kremlin Over British Minister's Comments

PA | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Politics

Russia has reacted with fury after Defence Secretary Michael Fallon warned there was a "real and present danger" that Moscow could repeat the tactics ...

RAF Jets Intercept Two Russian Bear Bombers Off Cornwall

PA | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK

RAF Typhoon fighters were scrambled to escort two Russian Bear bombers spotted in international airspace off the coast of Cornwall, the Ministry of De...

Royal Navy Tracks Russian Warship In English Channel

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK

A Russian warship was tracked by the Royal Navy as it passed through the English Channel, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said. Yaroslav Mudry and i...

Review: 'The Uses and Abuses of History' by Margaret MacMillan

James Snell | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Politics
James Snell

This book is not perfect, certainly, and I would advise anyone short on time to leave out the final fifty pages entirely - nothing of any great value would be missed. But, regardless of these criticisms, any work of historical theory which is written as well as this one is certainly worth looking at and - maybe with caution, in this particular case - taking to heart.

Putin's Snapped Pencil And 11 Other Reasons To Be Sceptical Of Ukraine Deal

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK

Guns will fall silent, heavy weapons will pull back from the front, and Ukraine will trade a broad autonomy for the east to get back control of its Ru...

Britain Condemns Putin In Strongest Language Yet

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Politics

Vladimir Putin is behaving like a "mid 20th-century tyrant" over Ukraine and leading Russia in a way "civilisation nations" shouldn't behave, Foreign ...

Nigeria 2015 - Valentine's Day Blues

Kanmi Iyanda | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Kanmi Iyanda

And so on the very day the rest of the world will be celebrating love, some bright sparks in Nigeria decided it was the perfect day for the country's two main political tribes to go to war. Surprised? Well, not really, I guess. We are Nigerians after all and everything we do must have our stamp of uniqueness and creativity.

Russian Ambassador Summoned After Putin's Bombers Fly Close To Bournemouth

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK

The Russian ambassador was summoned after two Russian Tu-95 "Bears" flew close to British airspace, forcing jets from the Royal Air Force to intercept...

Navalny Versus Putin

Damon Boughen | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics
Damon Boughen

A few weeks ago Alexei Navalny walked out of court in Russia and straight into a protest against Putin, to many people's surprise. The surprise was not that he arrived at the protest and was subsequently rearrested but that he was released at all...

Russian Foreign Minister Accuses US Of Wanting 'World Domination'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics

Russia’s foreign minister has lambasted President Obama’s State of the Union speech, suggesting the address proved America wants “world dominati...

Russian Government Says Transgender People 'Unfit To Drive'

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK

Russia's road safety regulation has been changed, resulting in sweeping new rules on who can and can't drive. Transsexuals, transvestites and other...

'Putin Doesn't Want To Annex Eastern Ukraine - He Told Me'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK

François Hollande has urged Western leaders to ease sanctions on Russia should progress be made during negotiations in Kazakhstan later this month. T...

2014 - A Bad Year for Reasoned Debate

James Snell | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Politics
James Snell

Debate may have had a bad year in 2014, but if we collectively use technology a little bit better, who knows? Maybe we can resist the appeal of the swirling vortex. Maybe 2015 won't be such a bad year after all.