Stepford Wives in Chechnya
Chechen women have to be very careful about what they wear because of Ramzan Kadyrov’s ‘virtue campaign.’
The enemy, six feet under
In Shirak Province, Armenia, memories of the Karabakh War still inflame; and even the cemeteries are not always sacrosanct.
Sochi, the Caucasus and Russian Romanticism
Since the 19th century the Caucasus has been Russian’s ‘window on the East,’ its access to another, often very...
Out of the Guantanamo frying pan into the Russian fire
While Russia steps up calls for the US to close the Guantánamo Bay prison camp, its own abuse and mistreatment of...
Dagestan: Russia’s hottest spot
Asked to name Russia’s most troublesome region, most people would plump for Chechnya. But its neighbour Dagestan is...
Civil war, secession and the body politic
Working with young people is important in any society. The recent story of an unusual Chechen initiative...
The myth of the black widow
Fears of terrorism surrounding the Sochi Olympics have seen much talk of ‘Black Widows’ and the 'Caucasus Emirate,'...
Life in the Chechen closet
Umar is 25 and from Gudermes in Chechnya. He is gay. What can the future hold for him in the macho, dzhigit, society...