John Dobson

Victory Day and 77th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Moscow

Russia is dying out; here’s why

For the many Russians fleeing the Putin regime, the collapse of their world is a personal tragedy. It’s also a...

British Prime Minister Johnson meets Finnish President Niinisto, in Helsinki

Putin’s plans backfire, Finland and Sweden will join Nato

Until recently, Finnish leaders saw Nato membership as an unnecessary provocation to Moscow. London: It was all so predictable. Last...

Woman stands in front of her house after a missile strike hit a residential area in Bakhmut in the Donetsk region

Will Vlad go nuclear?

Many would consider reminders of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as alarmist, but the fact remains that nuclear weapons, or at least...

Russian President Putin meets with athletes in Moscow

Why Vladimir Putin is unlikely to survive his invasion of Ukraine

There is even growing speculation that his personal decision to go to war with Ukraine was as a result of...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a concert marking the eighth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea in Moscow

Is Putin’s war on Ukraine really about religion?

Putin told the crowd that Saint Fyodor had once said that ‘the storms of war would glorify Russia’. ‘This is...

First shipment of China's Sinopharm's vaccines arrive in Belgrade

China plans to replace Russia as Serbia’s bestie

China’s investments in Serbia recently exceeded three billion euros and Chinese infrastructure loans were in excess of eight billion. Last...

Russian marines train in the Kaliningrad region

Why are Russian armed forces performing so badly?

What is surprising to the military analysts in the West, is the ineptitude of Russian forces in a war that...

Local resident drives past a destroyed Russian armoured personal carrier in the village of Nova Basan

China will be the big winner from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

 The upside for China will be that as Russia becomes more economically and politically isolated, Beijing will seek to profit...

NATO summit on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Brussels

Peacemaker Turkey, between a rock and a hard place

Of all the countries in the region, the war in Ukraine has put Turkey in the most difficult geopolitical position....

A woman looks on near a food truck painted as a Russian matryoshka doll and set near the closed oldest McDonald's restaurant in Moscow

Vladimir Putin is destroying Russia’s future

Vladimir Putin was willing to pay a high price for a gain, but is ending up paying a higher price...

People fleeing the town of Irpin outside of Kyiv

Echoes of Grozny and Aleppo reverberate around Ukraine

With the Kremlin’s plan of a quick victory and the installation of a puppet government in Kyiv having convincingly failed,...

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Putin has made the European Union great again

‘And just as Vladimir Putin thought that he would destroy European unity, exactly the opposite has happened. Cooperation is solid...

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Is Vlad mad or simply bad?

This is no longer just about Ukraine; every former Soviet state is, by implication, now in the firing line. A...

People walk to board a bus during the evacuation of local residents to Russia, in Donetsk

Could Ukraine be neutral, like Finland?

Putin’s current aggression is pushing more and more Ukrainians away from Russia towards the West. It was exactly three years...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 21st annual India-Russia summit

Will Russia’s embrace of China create geopolitical problems for India?

It has been said that as Russia’s problems with the US become sharper and its alliance with China deeper, the...

Ukrainian armed forces hold drills in the abandoned city of Pripyat

Londongrad is key to sanctions against Russia, but they won’t work

Some experts are expressing a different note of caution. Additional sanctions might send signals to oligarchs that it is time...

A service member of the Ukrainian armed forces walks at combat positions in Donetsk region

Ukraine crisis exposes NATO’s deep faultlines

When Putin decided to create the current crisis, it was probably beyond his wildest dreams that the reaction by Western...

A service member of the Ukrainian armed forces walks at combat positions in Donetsk region

Brinkmanship over Ukraine as Putin insists it’s our land, our people

The roots of this artificial crisis lie in Putin’s pan-Russianist obsession. In his eyes, borderland countries with ethnic Russian populations,...

TV reporter takes photos of the mess created with the remains of items stolen from passing freight trains, in Los Angeles

Will 2022 witness American Civil War 2.0, or will that happen in 2024?

For the first time since the 4-year civil war ended in 1865, America finds itself with a major Party that...

EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell visits Luhansk Region

Is it a bluff, or will there really be war in Ukraine?

US negotiators at tomorrow’s meeting must seek ways to de-escalate the looming conflict, while finding face-saving ways for Putin to...

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Czechia leads EU’s anti-China group; will Germany join?

On his first day in office, the new Prime Minister Fiala sent a message to capitals around the world: ‘Our...

Euro Hockey Tour - Channel One Cup - Russia v Finland

If it had turned out differently, Putin might still be driving a taxi

Recently declassified documents reveal how hard Mikhail Gorbachev struggled throughout 1990 and 1991 to preserve the Union against the independent-minded...

Meeting of JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna

With nuclear talks on the brink, Israel is preparing to attack Iran

The JCPOA allowed Iran to enrich uranium to 3.67% purity. Now released from its obligations, Iran reached the 60% level,...

People attend a ceremony marking the anniversary of Soviet leader Josef Stalin's death in Moscow

Vladimir Putin is whitewashing Russia’s dark past

Putin wants to control the historical narrative in Russia. The Kremlin aims to legitimise its authoritarian practices by imbuing the...