October 20, 2014 /
Misha Friedman
The Crimean Peninsula’s annexation by Russia means a return to the shadows for LGBT people who now face public prosecution.
October 15, 2014 / Time
Misha Friedman
Yegor Guskov and Bogdan Zinchenko, who owned a gay bar in Sevastopol, feared for their business — and their family.
October 3, 2014 /
Dimiter Kenarov
The Black Sea region has become the focus of heated geopolitical contention, but local environmental issues remain underreported and poorly understood.
March 1, 2012 / Foreign Affairs
Joshua Yaffa
Russia's urban professional class has turned against Putin. It won't cost him this election, but it may cost him plenty in political capital.
February 26, 2012
Joshua Yaffa
Popular demonstrations against the rule of Vladimir Putin are sweeping across Russia. Will the demands of the middle class protesters force Putin to liberalize—or keep him from returning to power?
February 26, 2012 / The New York Times
Joshua Yaffa
Large demonstrations against Vladimir Putin’s rule signal many important shifts in Russia’s political and civic life—including the return of political satire.
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June 27, 2011
Will Englund
Twenty years in limbo: Nothing exemplified the collapse of the Soviet Union like the bloody fighting over Nagorno Karabakh, and today that enclave remains a source of bitterness and tension.
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June 10, 2011 / Untold Stories
Tom Parfitt
In the southwest corner of Russia, an Islamist insurgency has spread out of Chechnya into neighboring regions of the North Caucasus and is claiming hundreds of lives a year.
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June 8, 2011 / Untold Stories
Tom Parfitt
After years of conflict, Grozny, Chechnya is in the process of rebuilding itself, but President Ramzan Kadyrov's radical leadership could threaten the region's growth.
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June 8, 2011 / Untold Stories
Tom Parfitt
Recent violence from Islamic militants has worsened the already poor economical conditions in Nalchik and the surrounding villages in Kabardino-Balkaria.
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June 8, 2011 / Untold Stories
Tom Parfitt
Seven years after the Beslan siege of School Number One, members of the community still grieve the loss of the 400 people who were killed in the attack.
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May 25, 2011 / Untold Stories
Tom Parfitt
A special Dagestani government commission is actively working to lure young men away from local jihad groups known as boyeviki.
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May 16, 2011 / Untold Stories
Tom Parfitt
Outrage over 1940s Stalinist deportations permeates the collective memories of North Caucasus nations, fueling modern day conflicts in the region.

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