Anne Applebaum


How Vladimir Putin is waging war on the West – and winning

The Russian President has been trying to draw a new Iron Curtain across Europe

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The crash of the ruble — and what's next for Russia

Will Putin’s people still love him when the money dries up? He’s about to find out

John Borrell (Photo: Peter Jordan//Time Life Pictures/Getty)

An escape to the country that became a struggle for Poland's soul

In 1993, John Borrell, a longtime foreign correspondent with no permanent home, decided to abandon journalism. Tired of writing about…

The real life of the Kremlin will always remain off-limits to ordinary Russians

Secrets of the Kremlin

A building bearing testimony to the power of eternal Russia; a timeless symbol of the Russian state; a monument to…


Time for our leaders to stop talking about 'justice' in Syria if we can't or won't enforce it

Our leaders should stop talking about ‘justice’ in Syria – honesty may be the best and only realistic policy

US President Barack Obama looks at a per

Anne Applebaum’s diary: Spies, terrorists and an undercover ham sandwich

I am trying very hard to understand why everyone is shocked — shocked! — by news that the US government…

Love conquers all

Anyone who has ever written a history book will feel a twinge of envy on reading the preface to Just…


Russia’s new dissidents

Putin’s latest opponents are vulgar, pragmatic – and effective

Thus do empires end

‘This book is a chronicle of one day in the history of one city.’ As first sentences go, that one is hard to beat — particularly given that the ‘one day’ is the last day of the Soviet Union, the city is Moscow and the author, an Irish journalist, was there and knew most of the principal actors.

Is Nato finished?

The Libyan adventure shows a dwindling capacity for intervention

High noon

The American left is revelling in Rupert Murdoch’s British troubles – and it’s America that has the power to really hurt him


The new alliance

For the first time since Suez, America is taking a back seat to Britain and France in a military operation


The sensational truth

What WikiLeaks reveals about our press


A far-fetched war

First, a disclaimer: this review will not touch upon some recent, odd behaviour of this book’s author, Orlando Figes, because I can’t see that it’s relevant.


Proscribed reading

In 1948, Poland’s new communist government was badly in need of legitimacy and desperate for international recognition. So they did what any self-respecting left-wing government would do, back in those days, in order to win a bit of respect; they held a cultural Congress.


Paranoia and empty promises

It has taken more than half a century, but at last the Anglophone world has woken up to the fact that 20th-century communist history makes a superb backdrop for fiction.


Ghosts from the Soviet past

Above all, it is the inhuman scale of things which impresses the visitor to Moscow: the vastness of Red Square, the width of the uncrossable streets, the implacability of the traffic.

A flicker of light in a dark Russian forest

Anne Applebaum says the catastrophic plane crash near Smolensk, which killed so many of Poland’s leading figures, may hasten a rapprochement between Warsaw and Moscow

Skeletons in the cupboard

Freudian analysis, Soviet communism and the garment industry: what do all of these things have in common? If your answer has something to do with central and east European Jews born at the end of the 19th century, you wouldn’t be far off.

Success at last

Poland: A History, by Adam Zamoyski

Arthur at Camelot

Journals: 1952-2000, by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr, edited by Andrew Schlesinger and Stephen Schlesinger

The spectre of Spielberg

Searching for Schindler, by Thomas Keneally

Deluded and abandoned

Anne Applebaum on the new book by Tim Tzouliadis