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About Marc Bennetts

Marc Bennetts is a British writer and journalist. He lives in Moscow and is author of "Kicking the Kremlin: Russia's New Dissidents and the Battle to Topple Putin" (to be published early in 2014).

Articles by Marc Bennetts

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Film review: 'I Don't Believe in Anarchy' (dir. Natalia Chumakova and Anna Tsyrlina)

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'Everything will be free. Everyone will be fucking high.' Between 1985 and 1990, Yegor Letov and his Siberian punk rock group Grazhdanskaya Oborona (Civil Defence) created some of the most powerful music to come out of the Soviet Union. And had a lot of fun upsetting the KGB...


The one that didn’t get away

President Putin’s amnesty which has seen Pussy Riot’s Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova released, as well, perhaps, as the Greenpeace 30, is by no means extended to everyone. Young activist Taisiya Osipova also has a young child, but she remains locked up with no apparent chance of release, says Marc Bennetts

Nickel and dimes

The fertile territories around Voronezh have long been referred to as Russia’s ‘breadbasket’. They also hold the last major nickel reserves in Europe, and the mining companies are about to move in...

In the Altai, Russia's far border

Life on the Russo-Mongolian border, in the Altai Republic, is a world away from boomtown Moscow

The rise of Russia and its football

As Moscow prepares to host an iconic Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea, Marc Bennetts turns a spotlight on the unknown world of Russian football.
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