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About Badma Biurchiev

Badma Biurchiev was born in Kalmykia in 1973, and has worked as a journalist since 2003. He currently works for Kavpolit, where he covers Dagestan and Kalmykia. He has previously worked for Bolshoy Kavkaz and Caucasian Knot.

Articles by Badma Biurchiev

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Could Russia’s presidential elections wake up Kalmykia?

In the Russian republic of Kalmykia, where the opposition is small and fractious, Alexey Navalny could become a unifying figure ahead of next year's presidential election. RU

Kalmykia’s long goodbye

Seventy years after their horrific mass deportation by Stalin, the Kalmyk people still live with its traumas. Русский

Who owns women’s bodies in Dagestan?

A recent scandal over female genital mutilation reveals how, for Russia’s Muslims, “universal values” are just another instrument of a repressive regime. Русский

Big government is back in Dagestan

Dagestan's Khasavyurt is a city that never quite fit into Russia's power vertical — and local government is starting to feel the consequences. Русский

Russia’s regions: federalism and its discontents

Creating the appearance of stability is the Russian political elite’s primary goal. Yet colonial-like rule over the country’s regions, combined with a lack of civic activity, harms the Kremlin’s legitimacy on the ground. Русский

Terrorism and Russia’s power vertical


Russia has been conducting a war on terror for 15 years. No wonder counter-terror is a part of the country’s system of governance. Русский

The red zone

The system is dehumanising people, and the recent death of an inmate in a southern Russian penal colony is only further proof. Graphic warningРусский

Gubden, Dagestan: where ‘radicals’ police themselves


This village used to house one of the North Caucasus’ most dangerous Islamist paramilitary units. With the Russian state nowhere to be seen, Gubden has started policing—and developing—itself. Русский

SOS from Dagestan

One year since a young man was killed in a police station in this North Caucasus republic, the victim’s family is still trying to find out what happened. Русский

At the bottom of the power vertical

The Tengiz-Novorossiysk pipeline should have brought wealth to Russia's southern republic of Kalmykia. But many locals have been left behind. Русский

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