Ben Judah

Ben Judah

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

‘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’

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

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

‘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’

‘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.’

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

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

“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”

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