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Volodymyr’s Victory: The Ukrainian Elections and Their Consequences

Volodymyr Zelensky was elected the next Ukrainian president on 22nd April, as his anti-establishment campaign won over 70% of the vote against tried-and-tested president...

Around the World in LGBT Days

The gay community has been slowly making strides toward legislative progress in the Western world, with Australia recently having voted in support of gay marriage. Yet the world still...

What is so great about Russia’s Vladimir Putin?

Vladimir Putin is set to lead Russia for another six years after securing 73.9% of the vote in Sunday’s presidential election. Yes, the same...

Moscow: A City Haunted By Its Past?

“Please, be careful!” The parting words from a 90-year-old Russian woman I met on the metro this week. This may come across initially as...

What Does Putin’s Controversial Birthday Present Really Tell Us?

On Saturday 7th October, Russian president Vladimir Putin turned 65, and to mark the occasion Alexei Navalny’s campaign organised protests in around 80 cities...

World War 3 – Should we be worried?

Ever since Kim Jong-Il threatened to withdraw North Korea from the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty in 1993, eventually leaving ten years later, in 2003, North...

James Comey’s testimony: enough to bring down Trump?

Donald Trump’s presidency has been less than stable thus far, and that is, perhaps, an understatement. Trump and his team have been plagued by...

The Comey Scandal

I’d been dreading this move for weeks. It’s directly in line with everything we know about Trump and the incompetence he’s surrounded himself with,...

Riding The Trans-Siberian Railway

I moved to St Petersburg on the last day of August, 2016. I had already been looking forward to my late October reading week, which...

The ‘slapping law’ – domestic violence legislation in Russia

Violence forms a part of quarter of all Russian families: 14,000 women a year die from injuries caused by their husbands or relatives.  It...
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