Historian, emeritus lecturer at the University of Paris Sorbonne

Studies of classical letters, spent 4 years in the USSR in 1973-8, agrégée in Russian, teaches the history of the USSR and international relations at Paris Sorbonne.


Beria, le Janus du Kremlin, Editions du Cerf, 2013 Comprendre le poutinisme, Desclée de Brouwer, 2018 A paraître en juin 2021 La Marche à rebours, Sorbonne Université Presses

40 publications on Desk Russie English

De-Stalinization and de-Putinization
Where is the Will of the West?
Why Putin Chooses Chaos
The Second Front
Russia: the end of Consensus
Sanctions: Useless, Really?
Russia: the Impossible “Union Sacrée”
How to Move from the Russian World to the Russian State: Building an Alternative to the Apocalypse
A Slippery Slope
Putin: the Phase of Self-destruction
Why the Putin System Carries war Like a Cloud Carries a Storm
The Rhetoric of the Aggressor
The Other Russian Offensive
The special orthodoxy of Pope Francis
Reveling in Transgression
Melancholic reflections on the French elections
Russian Ideologues Aim to Liquidate the Ukrainian Nation
Istanbul Talks: What Does Russia Want?
The lessons of an end of reign: Stalin 1952-3, Putin 2022
Alternative History Against History: the Case of Vladimir Putin
The Post-war World Seen from Russia
Putin or the Passion for Evil
French Kremlinophilia: an Incurable Disease?
How to Train Europe: the Kremlin’s Exploitation of the Ukrainian Crisis
Putin: Flirting With Armageddon
What Does the Russian Ultimatum to the West Mean?
The West under the Gun: how to Deal with a Blackmailer
The Boomerang of Obscurantism: the Case of Covid
The Migration Crisis: the Other Side of the Hybrid war Against Europe
The Return of Utopia to Power: the Turning Point of Putin’s Regime
The Destruction of the Soul in Putin’s Russia
The “Energy Partnership” With Russia: Lessons from the Past, Dangers for the Future
Nordstream-2, an Economic Project, did you Say?
The Consequences of the American Withdrawal from Afghanistan as Seen from Russia: the Impact in Europe, the Fate of NATO
A dr Strangelove in the Kremlin?
Russia: Facing the Afghan Wasp Nest
Deciphering the European Policy of the Kremlin
Putin and his Courtiers: a Cavalier Relationship With History
Why Stalin Refused to Believe in a German Attack?
Putin’s Setbacks and the Fight for his Succession