Ben Judah

Siberia: In Search of the Gulag

‘When I finally reached Magadan, I hunted for days for a survivor. "I'm sorry, they are all dead," was the refrain. With male life-expectancy in Russia a mere 58, I should not have been surprised, but I was devastated’

Moscow: Putin’s Empire Strikes Out

Russians cling to the idea of being a great power, even though the quest for empire has become illusory and self-destructive. Can a new generation change this?

ONLINE ONLY: Black Russian

‘Russians think about blacks, Jews and women in the way Europeans did a generation ago’

Caucasus: Diary, August-September, 2008

‘It was days after the ceasefire had been signed and the facts on the ground went square against what President Nicolas Sarkozy of France had intended’

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"
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