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Past articles by James:

The shadow of Stalingrad

The Kremlin is using history to justify its war in Ukraine. But Putin’s version could disappear with the flick of a switch → Read More

How Russia's day of remembrance became Putin's day of propaganda

May 9 holds a special place in the lives of ordinary Russians. But their president has turned it into a show of force → Read More

How Putin ends

The Kremlin strongman is now an isolated, out-of-touch world pariah and increasingly unpopular at home. Could he be toppled? → Read More

The last days in the dying Soviet empire

JAMES RODGERS was working in Russia in the summer of 1991, when the cracks in the USSR’s system suddenly broke apart. → Read More

How the Holy Land became the world's obsession

Former BBC Gaza reporter JAMES RODGERS on why the region has suffered from the world picking sides → Read More

Queen Elizabeth has lost Prince Philip. The monarchy needs a new modernizer.

Prince Harry but not Meghan will attend the funeral of Prince Philip. Can he heal his relationship with Prince William and Prince Charles and move the monarchy forward? → Read More

Ukraine And Russia: War, And Now A New Battle—Over Borshch

The two neighbours have a long shared history, but in recent years their relationship has been scarred by armed conflict, and annexation of territory. Now there's another looming confrontation over cultural heritage—and national cuisine. → Read More

Russia In Coronavirus Lockdown: Soaring Vodka Sales And Improvised Ballet

Sales figures suggest that in the time of coronavirus some Russians are falling back on a traditional solace: vodka. The lockdown has also led to new interpretations of one of Russia's great art forms. → Read More

Coronavirus In Russia: Outcry Over New App, Precautions For Putin

In Moscow, a "non-working week" has quickly changed into a lockdown—and Putin himself is taking no chances after a doctor he met tested positive. → Read More

Lent In Russia And Ukraine: Piety And Political Confrontation

As Lent begins March 2 for Orthodox Christians, faith is still a front in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. → Read More

‘Drastic’ New Plans Could Keep Putin In Power After Presidency

Vladimir Putin has been at the summit of Russian power for twenty years. Now he's given a strong hint as to how long he plans to stay there: a good while yet. → Read More

More Than Half Of Young Russians Would Like To Emigrate, Survey Finds

As Russia reasserts itself on the international stage, its leaders may find less comfort in the views of young people at home. → Read More

Russia Returns Ships Seized From Ukraine But Adds A Warning

Russia has returned to Ukraine three ships seized a year ago following a confrontation between the two navies in the Kerch Strait. → Read More

Russian Plans To Replace Wikipedia: Echoes Of Russia And America’s Troubled History

Vladimir Putin’s suggestion that Wikipedia be replaced with a Russian version seems like a patriotic attempt to promote Russian scholarship. It also offers a reminder of the way that limited access to information has historically contributed to tension between Russia and the U.S. → Read More

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30 Years After The Fall Of The Berlin Wall, A Warning From Russia

That political generation that presided over the end of the Cold War also remembered another era: that of World War II. In an age of renewed tension between Russia and the west, today's leaders have no such memories. → Read More

Putin Shows Russia’s New Power In Syria, Seeks Influence In Africa

The deal, reached during talks which the Presidents Putin and Erdogan held in the southern Russian resort of Sochi, confirms Russia's role as the pre-eminent outside power in the Middle East. → Read More

Russia Urges Caution, Offers To Sell Weapons Following Strikes On Saudi Oil Facilities

As tensions in the Middle East rise–and oil prices soar–following the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, the Kremlin has both urged caution, and offered to sell the Saudis weapons. → Read More

Russia Plans To Relax Visa Rules, But The U.S. Could Miss Out

Media reports suggest that that Russia's visa process will only be simplified for certain nationalities. The United States is not on the list of those who stand to benefit. → Read More

Why Moscow Stopped Being The World's Most Expensive City

The news that Moscow has now fallen out of the World's Top 100 most expensive places to live will cause a corresponding jaw-drop among international business people who lived in the Russian capital a decade ago. In those days, Moscow was judged the priciest city on the planet. → Read More