Putin’s annus mirabilis: changing the shape of Eurasia

Behind the protests in Ukraine lies the Russian president’s long-term vision of a Eurasian Economic Union. John Besemeres traces its recent history and the strains it has created in Russia’s “near abroad”

24 Jan 14 | Comments (3)

The man who volunteered for Auschwitz

John Besemeres reviews a remarkable book and recounts the career of its equally remarkable author

03 Oct 13 | Comments (0)

A difficult neighbourhood

A new account of Poland’s experience of the second world war helps fill a blank page in our historical consciousness, writes John Besemeres

02 Jul 13 | Comments (0)

Will Putin survive until 2018?

Faced with turbulence among the elite as well as the general public, the Russian president is adjusting his polices and stepping up appeals to Russian sentiment, writes John Besemeres

27 Mar 13 | Comments (0)

The Slavonic Autocrats’ Club

Russia, Ukraine and Belarus are increasingly heading in the same direction – away from Europe. In the second of two articles, John Besemeres looks at relations between the three countries and the West

26 Sep 12 | Comments (0)

Towards a Greater Putistan?

Russia, Ukraine and Belarus are increasingly heading in the same direction – away from Europe. In the first of a two-part series, John Besemeres looks at recent political developments in these three former Soviet republics

17 Sep 12 | Comments (0)

Which Putin will stand up?

Born-again reformer, pragmatist or more of the same? The signs are mixed for Vladimir Putin’s third term as president, writes John Besemeres

28 Mar 12 | Comments (0)

Putin’s phoney war

Vladimir Putin is likely to win Sunday’s presidential elections, but it’s less clear how events will unfold in Russia once he moves back into his old job, writes John Besemeres

01 Mar 12 | Comments (0)