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Vladimir Putin’s sham re-election is notable only for the protests

One day in the life of a Russian political prisoner 

Vladimir Putin has been fighting not just Ukraine, but his own people 


How Putin is reshaping Russia to keep his war-machine running

Ukraine’s commander-in-chief on the breakthrough he needs to beat Russia

To endure a long war, Ukraine is remaking its army, economy and society

Staying the course

Yevgeny Prigozhin’s death may consolidate Putin’s power

Russia is resorting to desperate measures to recruit soldiers

The Ukrainian army commits new forces in a big southward push 

Russia is attacking Ukraine’s agricultural exports

Post-mutiny Moscow descends into factional murk

The Wagner mutiny has left Putin dangerously exposed

The geopolitical stakes of Ukraine’s counteroffensive

Used and abused by Russian rulers, Tolstoy has always resisted

Prigozhin’s strange aborted coup is a sign of Russia’s malaise

War is reshaping the Ukrainian state — for the better

Ukraine’s assault in Zaporizhia may be the focus of its offensive

Pretending that everything is under control in Russia

Ukraine’s counter-offensive appears to have begun

Russia could take Bakhmut within weeks

The invasion has stalled, but Putin’s war on dissent marches on

Georgia is drifting into the Kremlin’s orbit


Ukraine’s top soldier runs a different kind of army from Russia’s

How “offshore journalists” challenge Vladimir Putin’s empire of lies

Russia risks becoming ungovernable and descending into chaos

On what terms could the war in Ukraine stop?

Russia’s elite begins to ponder a Putinless future

How the West is helping Ukraine beat Russia’s missiles 

The Nobel Peace prize recognises human rights groups that spoke truth to Putinism

Ukraine’s military success is reshaping Russia as well as the war

Vladimir Putin illegally annexes four Ukrainian oblast

Europeans should welcome Russian draft-dodgers

Vladimir Putin stages four fake referendums in occupied Ukraine

How Russia is conscripting men to fight in Ukraine

Where next for Ukraine’s army?

Russian discontent with the war, and Vladimir Putin, is growing

Ukraine’s army pierces Russian lines near Kharkiv

Much of Russia’s intellectual elite has fled the country

Vladimir Putin is in thrall to a distinctive brand of Russian fascism

Alexei Navalny’s jailers are tightening the screws

Does a protracted conflict favour Russia or Ukraine?

What Russia’s Victory Day celebrations say about the war in Ukraine

Ukraine spoils Vladimir Putin’s May 9th parade

Odessa strives for normality despite Russia’s war

Moldova is trying to stay out of Russia’s war with Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelensky’s Ukraine is defined by selforganisation

Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s highly methodical madness

As Russian soldiers retreat, they leave evidence of war crimes

Putin is failing in Ukraine but succeeding at oppressing Russia

Ukraine’s president tells The Economist why Vladimir Putin must be defeated

The new Russian cult of war

Russian propagandists turn on pro-Western “traitors”

Vladimir Putin is pushing Russia into the past

Vladimir Putin has brutally muzzled Russian media

Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is wrecking two countries

The Kremlin’s propaganda machine is running at full throttle

Russians greet Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine with dismay, not enthusiasm

Russia invades Ukraine

Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine also damages Russia