President Putin’s State of Mind: Jekyll and Hyde?

Observing the Russian media this morning as the stock market was again dropping, with the noticeable exception of Gazprom - surely the Germans would never abandon Nordstream II - there was an air of uneasiness, a desperate urge to avoid discussing the events of last night. The party was over. The morning after the night … Continue reading President Putin’s State of Mind: Jekyll and Hyde?

President Putin Takes the Decision to Recognise the Independence of Donetsk and Lugansk

It was visible on screen, in his occasional breathlessness, that Putin felt himself at the end of his tether. After a very long and emotional tirade just finished on television directed against the United States for expanding NATO across Eastern Europe and aiming to take in Ukraine, Putin announced Russia's recognition of the independence of … Continue reading President Putin Takes the Decision to Recognise the Independence of Donetsk and Lugansk

An Olive Branch from Moscow: Russia Explicitly Accepts Rebel Areas as Part of Ukraine

The Russian ambassador, Anatolii Antonov, interviewed on CBS has just emphasised that Russia recognises that rebel areas like Donetsk and Lugansk, which members of the Duma want recognised as Russian territory and whose citizens have a right to Russian passports, are in fact Ukrainian. At the same time he emphasised that ownership of Crimea is … Continue reading An Olive Branch from Moscow: Russia Explicitly Accepts Rebel Areas as Part of Ukraine

“This is a fine mess you’ve gotten us into.”

The current standoff between Russia and NATO recalls the old black and white comedies of the prewar period typified by the film "Another Fine Mess", where two comedians invariably found themselves at odds with a bad tempered character and came out the worst from the inevitable exchange of blows; as a result of which the … Continue reading “This is a fine mess you’ve gotten us into.”

King But Not Country: Anthony Blunt of the Cambridge Five

The Russians have been working their way through all the still classified documentation on the most famous British spies working for Soviet intelligence during the thirties and forties. These men later, in the sixties, became known as the Cambridge Five - there were more like a dozen in all including Oxford recruited by the great … Continue reading King But Not Country: Anthony Blunt of the Cambridge Five