Ben Judah

Ben Judah

‘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’

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?

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

‘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’