March 28, 2014 / Untold Stories
Alyssa Howard
As Crimea officially joins Russia, international observers shift their attention to the future of Ukraine.
March 10, 2014 /
Tom Hundley
The crisis in Crimea has triggered a state of high dudgeon among the political classes here in Washington.
March 9, 2014 /
Marvin Kalb
Pulitzer Center senior adviser Marvin Kalb explains why Putin's actions in Crimea will ensure his political demise.
The village of Danukh in highland Dagestan. Image by Tom Parfitt, Russia, 2008.
March 25, 2011 / Foreign Policy
Tom Parfitt
A look at how samovar politics, mixed with rampant corruption, have helped turn Dagestan into the most deadly of Russia's North Caucasus republics.
Young men carry a portrait of Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Chechnya, during May 9 Victory Day celebrations in Chechnya. Image by Musa Sadulayev. Russia, 2009.
March 16, 2011 / Foreign Policy
Tom Parfitt
Why is the Kremlin-imposed leader of this republic sounding so much like the militants he's meant to be cracking down on?
Ramzan Kadyrov (in red), the leader of Chechnya, plays in a friendly soccer match between Chechen players and a collection of Brazilian World Cup Winners in Grozny. Image: Musa Sadulayev, Russia, March 2011.
March 9, 2011 / The Guardian
Tom Parfitt
Brazil greats including Romario and Dunga take on local team in game organized by Chechnya's colourful head Ramzan Kadyrov.
Dibikhan Pugoyeva, 39, in the office of the Mashr human rights group in Karabulak, Ingushetia, Russia.The board behind her shows pictures of people abducted in Ingushetia by security forces. Her son, Magomed Gorchkhanov, 17, was allegedly kidnapped in November 2010 and later found dead. Image: Tom Parfitt, Russia, February 2011.
March 8, 2011 / Foreign Policy
Tom Parfitt
In Ingushetia, people have reason to fear Russia's shadowy security forces as much or more than the Islamist militants. Indeed, it has become one of the most unstable spots in the North Caucasus.
Svetlana Tsgoyeva, 69, in the ruins of the sports hall where her granddaughter, Zalina Albegova, nine, died along with hundreds of other hostages during the Beslan school siege in September 2004. Image by Tom Parfitt. Russia, 2011.
March 2, 2011 / Foreign Policy
Tom Parfitt
What appears to be a religious war or an independence struggle in the Caucasus is, in reality, deep-seated ethinic conflict and hatred.
Ozdemir Tsipinov, 19, holds Makhosh, the horse thatbelonged to his father, Aslan Tsipinov, 51, who was murdered by Islamist gunmen on December 29, 2010, in Shalushka village, near Nalchik, in the Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. Image by Tom Parfitt. Russia, February 2011.
February 25, 2011 / Foreign Policy
Tom Parfitt
A new level of viciousness by Islamist insurgents pervades Russia's bloody southern republics in the North Caucasus.
Mount Elbrus, seen from the Balkbashi pass. Image by Tom Parfitt, Russia, June 2008.
February 21, 2011 / The Guardian
Tom Parfitt
Russian forces tighten security after a cable car explosion and an attack on a minibus by Islamist guerrillas in troubled North Causasus, near the popular Elbrus mountain ski destination.
Men hurry to Friday prayers at the central mosque in Nalchik, the capital of the Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. Image by Tom Parfitt. Russia, February 2011.
February 21, 2011 / Foreign Policy
Tom Parfitt
The families of suspected Islamist guerrillas in the North Caucasus have always faced harassment from Russian security forces. Now a shadowy vigilante group has started targeting them as well.
A woman in Sernovodsk, Chechnya, holds a picture of her brother, allegedly killed by Russian security forces in 2004. Image by Tom Parfitt, Chechnya, 2004.
February 16, 2011
Tom Parfitt
Ten years after the end of full scale war in Chechnya, a smoldering insurgency has spread to neighboring republics in the North Caucasus region of southern Russia.
Tom Parfitt during his 2008 travels across the northern flanks of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Image courtesy of Tom Parfitt.
February 15, 2011 / Foreign Policy
Tom Parfitt
Though media attention is scarce, a guerrilla war taking place across the North Caucasus has ramped up. Killings are commonplace as Russia fights to retain control over the Islamist insurgency.

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