Catherine Belton


Russia, Ukraine, investigations
Catherine Belton is an international investigative reporter for The Washington Post, reporting on Russia. She worked from 2007 to 2013 as the Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times, and in 2016 as the newspaper’s legal correspondent. Belton has previously reported on Russia for the Moscow Times and BusinessWeek and served as an investigative correspondent for Reuters. In 2009, she was short-listed for the British Press Awards’ Business and Finance Journalist of the Year prize. Belton is the author of “Putin's People,” a New York Times Critics’ Book of 2020 and a book of the year for the
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Putin struggles with falling ruble, rising prices as sanctions bite

Rising prices caused by a drop in the value of the ruble are bringing Russia’s war — and the impact of sanctions — home to many Russians for the first time.

August 30, 2023

Kremlin dismisses speculation it ordered Prigozhin’s death as ‘lies’

The Kremlin spokesman ridiculed theories circulating in the West that the plane crash was an assassination ordered by Vladimir Putin.

August 25, 2023

Russia’s elite draws one lesson from downed plane: Cross Putin and die

The downing of Prigozhin’s plane has decisively bolstered Vladimir Putin’s position as a strongman leader.

August 24, 2023

Prigozhin’s apparent death strengthens Putin, puts Wagner Group in doubt

The presumed death of Wagner boss Yevgeniy Prigozhin has thrown the future of the mercenary force into serious doubt and strengthened the hand of President Vladimir Putin.

August 24, 2023

U.S. imposes sanctions on prominent Russian financiers with ties to West

The Treasury Department imposed penalties on Petr Aven, Mikhail Fridman, German Khan and Alexey Kuzmichev, billionaires behind the Alfa Group financial services conglomerate.

August 11, 2023

Yandex co-founder calls war ‘barbaric,’ signaling dismay in Russian elite

Arkady Volozh became the second prominent Russian business executive to publicly denounce Russia's invasion, saying "I am horrified about the fate of people in Ukraine."

August 10, 2023

Putin appeared paralyzed and unable to act in first hours of rebellion

Ahead of the mutiny, steps were taken to boost security at the Kremlin, but Putin was uncertain how to respond to a warlord critical to many global operations.

July 25, 2023

Russia fires top commander in Ukraine who criticized Defense Ministry

Maj. Gen. Ivan Popov, a Russian commander in Ukraine, said he was removed after he “outlined all the problems existing in the army,” the latest fallout from Prigozhin's mutiny.

July 13, 2023

Mercenary boss returned to Russia to collect money and guns

Yevgeniy Pirgozhin's presence in Russia raised new questions about the murky deal that allowed him to avoid prosecution on insurgency charges following a failed rebellion.

July 6, 2023

Russian elites brace for sweeping Kremlin investigation of Wagner rebellion

Questions swirled Thursday about the whereabouts of a top general, and Russia’s elites steeled themselves for a sweeping investigation into the mercenary rebellion.

June 30, 2023