Anne Applebaum


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

21 February 2015 9:00 am

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

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Putin's great gamble is about to backfire

6 December 2014 9:00 am

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

12 April 2014 9:00 am

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

14 December 2013 9:00 am

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

14 September 2013 9:00 am

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

15 June 2013 9:00 am

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

Love conquers all

2 June 2012 6:00 pm

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


Russia’s new dissidents

31 December 2011 12:00 pm

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

Thus do empires end

3 September 2011 12:00 am

‘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?

3 September 2011 12:00 am

The Libyan adventure shows a dwindling capacity for intervention

High noon

23 July 2011 12:00 am

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

26 March 2011 12:00 am

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


The sensational truth

11 December 2010 12:00 am

What WikiLeaks reveals about our press


A far-fetched war

30 October 2010 12:00 am

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

17 July 2010 12:00 am

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

12 May 2010 12:00 am

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

21 April 2010 12:00 am

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

14 April 2010 12:00 am

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

4 November 2009 12:00 am

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

27 May 2009 12:00 am

Poland: A History, by Adam Zamoyski

Arthur at Camelot

14 January 2009 12:00 am

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

The spectre of Spielberg

15 October 2008 12:00 am

Searching for Schindler, by Thomas Keneally

Deluded and abandoned

23 July 2008 12:00 am

Anne Applebaum on the new book by Tim Tzouliadis


In Poland you can’t get hold of a Polish plumber

12 December 2007 3:41 pm

Where have all the plumbers gone?


Memory speaks volumes

3 October 2007 2:18 pm

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