The Mountain and the Wall is the first Dagestani novel to be published in English. Ganieva is very courageous to write about what is happening in her native country, thinly veiled in the traditional Russian literary use of fiction.
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'.
Today Alexis Tsipras will sit down in Moscow for talks with Vladimir Putin. This meeting has been dogged by controversy and has led many to wonder: what exactly do Russia and Greece hope to gain from this encounter?
Elites throughout the former Soviet Union are cracking down on dissent. But before Russia watchers start criticising the region’s repressive governments, they should first engage with the criticism, which has long been levelled at them.
linguistics plays a significant role in Russia’s regulation of hate speech. The
subjective nature of such expert advice increasingly muddies its central
position within the Russian legal system.
Germany's strategy towards Russia has gone so well that in the present crisis Vladimir Putin thinks he can be confident that Europe will not use force to defend Ukraine, and that the EU’s will to confront Russia through political means is also extremely fragile.
We need to raise
awareness about how the rich oil nations keep subsidising oil extraction whilst
agreeing that the world needs to cut emissions. Taxpayers cannot passively let
their governments do this.
The last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, burst the 25th-anniversary balloon of the symbolic end of the cold war by warning of a new one, fed by NATO's eastward expansion. An economically weak USSR lost the last one; a still weaker Russia will lose this one too.
Are reporters mere adjuncts of power and
spies? That is how ISIS treated the martyred journalists James Foley and Steven
Sotloff. To this day, the failure of the American news industry to expose the
Bush administration’s WMD myths before the invasion of Iraq is thrown in our
While it is true that the US has, for
once, signed up to a UN Security Council statement which calls for an
"immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire”, this might still be
considered a tactical step to prevent more strongly worded resolutions against
Israel being proposed in the Security Council.
In 2011 the UN General Assembly resolved to halve
the number of people who inject drugs being diagnosed with HIV. Silvia Petretti writes from
her own experience, and asks why the needs and rights of women who use drugs are
being overlooked at this year's International AIDS
The Ukraine and Gaza crises alike demonstrate the risks of aggressive policy based on short-term calculations. Vladimir Putin and Binyamin Netanyahu's war-as-politics invites damaging long-term consequences.
The Russian political establishment thinks that Ukrainians are 'traitors to Orthodox civilisation and Russian unity.’ But it is not only Putin’s Russia that is behind the challenge to democracy in Ukraine.