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About Oleg Kashin

Oleg Kashin is a prominent Russian journalist. His work has appeared in Kommersant, Lenta, Colta and numerous other publications. He tweets @KSHN. 

Articles by Oleg Kashin

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The war in Donetsk - end of a post-Soviet taboo?

The devastation of eastern Ukraine has woken Russians up to the reality of war for the first time since 1945. на русском языке

Hunting swastikas in Russia

70 years after the end of the Second World War, the Russian government is obsessed with Nazism as never before.


Spymania returns to Russia

Spy cartoon - Shutterstock - Tomacco_0.jpgUnder the ‘new and improved’ law against spying, anyone can be suspected of espionage or treason in Russia. And that's the point. на русском языке

The war game in eastern Ukraine

cyborg poster - pbs.twimg_.com_.jpgThe battle for eastern Ukraine – part of the territory that makes up ‘Novorossiya' – is a war game with no victors. на русском языке

Yevtushenkov is no Khodorkovsky

One of Russia’s richest men, the owner of an oil company, has been arrested. There have been inevitable comparisons to Mikhail Khodorkovsky. На русском языке

The Russian Matrix

On their TV channels, Ukrainians and Russians have been getting completely different versions of what has been happening in Ukraine in recent months. Just like The Matrix. На русском языке


An emergency situation for Sergei Shoigu

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Until the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu was one of the most influential politicians in Russia. Not any more. на русском языке

Secret medals for a very public operation

President Putin recently rewarded some 300 journalists for their 'objective coverage' of the annexation of Crimea. The ceremony was held in secret and very little information is available. Why should this be? на русском языке

Polite people with guns

For 20 years Russians saw Ukraine as a parody of Russia, because 'Ukraine isn't Russia.' Now, our neighbours are suddenly our enemies; and nobody is laughing. How did we get here? (на русском языке)

The Russian protest movement: why my optimism was misplaced

Journalist Oleg Kashin was recently brutally beaten up. To ram the message home, the fingers on his writing hand were broken, as well as his jaw and shins. He had been active in protesting the building of a highway through the Khimki forest nature reserve. Now he reflects on the authorities’ handling of a football demonstration with nationalist overtones and the arrests of the leaders of the punk protest group Voina, ruefully concluding that all this time he has been missing the point.
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