Ben Judah

Russia’s Poisoned Hinterland

The Last Man in Russia by Oliver Bullough charts the unsavoury history of alcoholism, violence, abortions and nihilism in the former USSR. For all this, it is beautifully written

Siberia: Shamans, Spies and the Secret Police

'It was then that it hit me: I was being interrogated by the FSB. It was only then I began to see how terrified the locals were'

Putin’s Chinese Whispers

Russia and China's deep-running antagonism makes them awkward allies

From Carthage to Kasserine

In the wake of the Tunisian Revolution, a myriad of nascent political parties are making a shambolic claim for power

Xinjiang: Taming China’s Wild West

'The Chinese government is destroying the mud-brick maze of traditional Kashgar to cement control over its rebellious Turkic natives. Uighurs are terrified that by mid-century they will have become the Apache or Cherokee of China's Wild West'

Tajikistan: In Search of the Yeti

'The Tajiks are unnervingly friendly. They take the Islamic injunction of hospitality with grave seriousness. The hungry often sacrifice their only cow for a backpacker with a camera, and the regime has liberally welcomed boots and bases on its soil.'

Bishkek: Downfall of a Dictator

Whilst travelling through Kyrgyzstan, our correspondent found himself witness to a brutal and bloodsoaked coup

Bishkek: Bloodsoaked Revolution

Our correspondent provides an eyewitness account of the bloody and brutal coup in Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday 7th April

Kaliningrad: Russia’s Outpost in Europe’s Heart

"It is almost impossible to believe this misery was once a beautiful German city known as Königsberg, where Kant thought, Herder wrote and Prussia began"

ONLINE ONLY: Last Cake With A Russian Agent

As part of his research for this month's Dispatch from Siberia, Ben Judah interviewed Anton Surikov, a member of Russian military intelligence. It was Surikov's last interview for the western media - he died two months later in mysterious circumstances

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"