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About Svetlana Bolotnikova

Svetlana Bolotnikova is a Russian journalist and correspondent for KavPolit, an online publication specialising in political developments in the Caucasus. 

Articles by Svetlana Bolotnikova

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Rosemary Bechler is a mainsite editor of openDemocracy

Constitutional conventions: best practice

In Russia, some men want to watch the world burn

2017 is set to be Russia’s Year of Ecology. But in the south of the country, environmental activists face corrupt officials and vigilante attacks. Русский

The pitchforks are coming

Farm workers in the depths of southern Russia are hardly a protest constituency, but corruption and corporate raids have pushed them to the brink. They may even take their grievances to Moscow — by tractor. Русский

For the Don Cossacks, Russia’s Civil War is not yet over

The commemoration of a massacre of Cossacks by the British Army in Austria 70 years ago has opened a can of worms in their Russian heartland. на русском языке

The Circassians come home

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Long exiled from their homeland, Circassians are now seeking refuge in the Caucasus following conflict in their adopted home, Syria. Adjusting to life in Russia has not been easy. Русский

Remembering Budyonnovsk

I was in Budyonnovsk on 14 June 1995, when Chechen separatists raided the town and took hostages, killing 129. Twenty years later, this town in southern Russia is still known as the 'town of black shawls'. 

Cossack against cossack

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The conflict in south-east Ukraine has divided the Cossacks – one is fighting for Russian unity, and the other for the Ukrainian national myth.

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