Eurasia
A Tense Game of Dominoes: The U.S., Russia, and Chechnya Stalemate

A Tense Game of Dominoes: The U.S., Russia, and Chechnya Stalemate

The United States’ volatile relationship with Russia is poised to become yet more tense in light of recent reports of anti-gay human rights abuses in the Russian republic of Chechnya. Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta, notable for its courageous pursuit of investigative stories, reported on 1 April that at least 100 men had been detained...
St Petersburg Bombing: Government Conspiracy or Islamist Terror?

St Petersburg Bombing: Government Conspiracy or Islamist Terror?

When a bomb ripped through a wagon on the St Petersburg metro at approximately 14.40 on 3 April, a war with terror that had almost predominantly been consigned to Western Europe was catalysed thousands of miles east into Russia’s cultural heartland. One homemade bomb was detonated forty metres underground on the tracks between the stations...
So a Macedonian Prime Minister and an American Billionaire Walk Into a Political Crisis

So a Macedonian Prime Minister and an American Billionaire Walk Into a Political Crisis

Tucked between Greece and Serbia and often overshadowed by its larger neighbours, Macedonia has a low media profile. Though it is composed of less than two million people, Macedonia punches far above its weight in the breadth and depth of its political scandals. In power since 2006, the Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE)...
Passport Recognition to Annexation: A Road Already Travelled

Passport Recognition to Annexation: A Road Already Travelled

The proverb about it being better to plead forgiveness rather than ask a question to which you don’t want the answer permission is usually reserved for mischievous young children. It is not often that such an analogy can be used when referring to the behaviour of world leaders, but Vladimir Putin has just become eligible....
From Russia With Love: The Trump-Russia Connection Analysed

From Russia With Love: The Trump-Russia Connection Analysed

It’s tough to keep abreast of the near-constant stream of alarming developments emerging in recent days with regard to the Trump administration and its connections to Russia. One by one – and far too rapidly for the comfort of many citizens of the US and the democratic world at large – information has been leaked...
Putin’s Impunity and Women’s Pain

Putin’s Impunity and Women’s Pain

While women’s marches across the world in the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration captured global headlines, another important news story flew under the radar. On 7 February, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed into law a measure that decriminalises certain forms of domestic abuse. The move was met with widespread condemnation from the international community, but...