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About Varvara Pakhomenko

Varvara Pakhomenko has worked in the conflict zones of the North and South Caucasus since 2006. In 2006-2009, she worked for the Demos Center in Moscow, before moving to the Russian Justice Initiative in 2009-2011. Since 2011, she has worked as an analyst on Europe and Central Asia for the International Crisis Group.

Articles by Varvara Pakhomenko

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Between dialogue and violence: the North Caucasus's bloody legacy

After Paris, we need to act against radicalisation. Russia's legacy in the North Caucasus tells us how not to. Русский


Ingushetia abandoned

The attack on a police station in Ingushetia on 17 August which killed or wounded 100 people follows a spate of recent incidents, including the assassination of Ingushetia's construction minister. In this recent overview of the post-Soviet history of Russia's smallest republic, Varvara Pakomenko examines the Kremlin's Caucasus policy and asks what the future holds for Ingushetia

This article was first published on 22 July 2009

Corporal Glukhov's deserts to Georgia: the propaganda war begins

The latest round in the conflict between Georgia and Russia/South Ossetia in August 2008 is the propaganda war being fought over Corporal Glukhov, who deserted to Georgia. Neglected, underfed and bullied, the soldiers of Russia's army do not feel like victors, reports Varvara Pakhomenko.

South Ossetia: News from a Nowhere Zone


In defiance of the Medvedev-Sarkozy plan, Russian troops are not allowing international observers into the mountainous region of Akhalgori/ Leningori, east of Tskhinvali. But Varvara Pakhomenko of the human rights organisation Demos managed to reach this place which, though 80% Georgian, technically belongs in South Ossetia.


South Ossetia: fear and loathing in the buffer zone

In the buffer zone between South Ossetia and Georgia, the August war had continued by other means, reports this representative of the Russian human rights organization the Demos Centre. When the looting and destruction ended, the kidnapping and hostage taking began.

Justice, Chechen style

Chechens may be administering ‘justice' now, but the lives of ordinary people still remain at risk from an arbitrary, ruthless system

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