Rupert Cornwell

Known for his commentary on international relations and US politics, Rupert Cornwell also contributes obituaries and occasionally even a column for the sports pages. With The Independent since its launch in 1986, he was the paper's first Moscow correspondent - covering the collapse of the Soviet Union – during which time he won two British Press Awards. Previously a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and Reuters, he has also been a diplomatic correspondent, leader writer and columnist, and has served as Washington bureau editor. In 1983 he published God's Banker, about Roberto Calvi, the Italian banker found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge.

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Ukraine crisis: ‘We will stand with Ukraine’, says President Barack Obama as Russian troops mass on Crimean boarder

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Adolf Hitler and his part in the downfall of political insults

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a news conference at his country residence of Novo-Ogaryova, outside Moscow

Why President Putin will do everything he can to prevent a ‘normal’ Ukraine

His state was halved in size by the collapse of the Soviet Union barely two decades ago. The economy he presides over ranks a mere eighth or ninth in the world – and that is thanks almost exclusively to the oil, gas and mineral wealth below its soil. The average life expectancy of his country’s males is only 60 years and its population is in long-term decline.

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Five years of arch-conservative revolution has left the party exhausted by infighting

Pro-Ukrainian activists hold placards reading

Unlikely odds of a Russia-Crimea reunification

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The last breaths of America's machinery of death

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Miranda Barbour (pictured) and her husband Elytte murdered Troy LaFerrara last November

Is Miranda Barbour the most dangerous woman in US history – or just a good liar?

The 19-year-old has claimed more than two dozen murders, beginning when she was just 13

Power play: Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in House of Cards

Capitol Hill longs for drama in a crisis

Washington's deadlocked political class can only envy the ruthlessly effective machinations of Kevin Spacey in 'House of Cards'

Barack and Michelle Obama stand on the edge of Lake Michigan to view the skyline of their home town Chicago

Which part of town will he choose for his museum piece? Chicago universities lead the battle for Barack Obama’s presidential library

But they could be pipped by an outsider, as Rupert Cornwell discovers

US President Barack Obama (right), first lady Michelle Obama (left) and French President Francois Hollande wave from the balcony of the White House

French state visit: Hatchet buried as Barack Obama welcomes François Hollande to Washington

Warm welcome for French President who has stood by America over intervention in the Syrian civil war, nuclear negotiations with Iran and on countering terrorism in north Africa

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