Dmitry Okrest is a correspondent for RBC. He is author of two books, It Collapsed: Everyday History of the Soviet Union and Russia, 1985-1999 and Life without the State: The Revolution in Kurdistan.
Fighting impunity in Moldova and Transnistria
Moldova's human rights defenders are upping their game. But there's more that unites Transnistria, an unrecognised...
Pyotr Ryabov: “Prison is the ideal model for the state”
Russian anarchist writer Pyotr Ryabov was recently imprisoned and deported from Belarus. I asked him about freedom...
Andrei Sabinin: “You have to immerse yourself in the lives of strangers”
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Neither here, nor there: Georgian refugees from Abkhazia
Twenty five years have passed since the war in Abkhazia, but ethnic Georgian refugees from the breakaway territory...
“Brothers, be careful. Don’t meet up in Grozny”
After fleeing Chechnya, four gay men spoke to me about bribery, secret meetings and their plans to return home when...
On prison and liberty: an interview with Pyotr Pavlensky
Russia’s leading performance artist on prison and liberty. Русский