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Zygmunt Dzieciolowski is a Polish journalist who has covered Russia and other post Soviet republics for European media since 1989. He is founding editor of openDemocracy/Russia.
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Zugdidi fountain, with streams of water spouting up into the air from paving stones painted in the colours of the Georgian flag.
Last year openDemocracy Russia editor Zygmunt Dzieciolowski travelled in Georgia and Abkhazia. In Zugdidi he met Georgian refugees from Abkhazia with one question uppermost in their minds - would they ever be able to go back?
On a visit to the separatist republic of Abkhazia a week before the Russia-Georgia war in August 2008, openDemocracy/Russia editor Zygmunt Dzieciolowski was aware of growing tension. If war did break out, the locals knew that they would be the ones who paid the price.
Georgian soldiers during NATO exercises in Tbilisi, July 2008
In August 2008 our editor Zygmunt Dzieciolowski was in Georgia. He interviewed Mikheil Saakashvili, as it happens just twenty hours before the war with Russia broke out. Zygmunt was assured by the President that there were no plans for military action, but later that night he felt very sure that the war could begin at any moment.
openDemocracy's Russia editor reflects that Abkhazia has realised its dream of independence, but at the price of becoming Russia's pawn
openDemocracy's editor met the Abkhaz President just before Georgia's war with Russia and found him resolute on the issue of independence
openDemocracy's Russia editor interviews Georgia's President and finds him well educated about democracy, but less so about dealing with hungry crocodiles
The Kremlin-backed youth organisation Nashi is fuelled by a potent mix of amnesia, idealism, nationalism, and the aura of power, finds Zygmunt Dzieciolowski in a journey between Moscow and its provincial heartlands.
The symbolism of Russia's new-old national celebrations reflects the difficulties and silences of post-Soviet transition, says Zygmunt Dzieciolowski.
Russia's president has created a mechanism to realise his long-term political ambitions, says Zygmunt Dzieciolowski.
The sociologist whose pioneering ideas inspired the Mikhail Gorbachev-era reforms in the Soviet Union remains hopeful in a political climate far less receptive to her ideas, reports Zygmunt Dzieciolowski.
(This article was first published 20 July 2007)
Poland under the Kaczynski twins is in the grip of national political madness. The best way to make sense of it is via a new kind of lexicon, says Zygmunt Dzieciolowski.
The treatment of Tajik and Uzbek migrant workers in Moscow is a mirror of the problems of Russia itself, says Zygmunt Dzieciolowski.
The former world chess champion Garry Kasparov faces an epic struggle against formidable opponents, reports Zygmunt Dzieciolowski
Boris Yeltsin rollercoaster ride as late-Soviet gadfly and early-Russian president left his people sadder and wiser, says Zygmunt Dzieciolowski.
A trip to an oil-rich city in western Siberia gives Zygmunt Dzieciolowski a fresh insight into the blend of surprise and familiarity that defines Vladimir Putin's Russia.
The Kremlin has learned how to concentrate power by apparently dispersing it, reports Zygmunt Dzieciolowski.
Russians love their national drink to death, and the state and black market can reinforce its ruination of health and relationships, says Zygmunt Dzieciolowski.
A poisoned Russian defector in London is only the latest official enemy to be targeted, reports Zygmunt Dzieciolowski.
The unexplained murder of critical journalists, democratic politicians, businessmen and even priests has continued throughout the Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin eras. Zygmunt Dzieciolowski, in Moscow, investigates.
Russia's far east is the site of an experiment in government and social development led by Roman Abramovich, billionaire businessman and owner of Chelsea football club. Zygmunt Dzieciolowski, who has tracked the Chukotka story for six years, uses his unique access to the region to send this progress report.
A new geopolitical environment including terrorism and mass emigration has made Russias attitudes and policies towards Lebanon and its region more nuanced than in the Soviet era, reports Zygmunt Dzieciolowski.
Russian film is booming on the back of the economy's rapid development
The routine exchange of favours, kickbacks, and bribes fuels Russia's economic and social life. Behind it lies Vladimir Putin's cool political calculation, reports Zygmunt Dzieciolowski.
A spate of attacks against ethnic minorities and African students reflects a wider growth of nationalist political sentiment, says Zygmunt Dzieciolowski.
The jailed Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky could yet become a focal point of opposition to Vladimir Putin's authoritarian rule, reports Zygmunt Dzieciolowski.