Eastern Europe

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.'

When Humans Are Just Pieces of Cargo

Despite laws, protocols and international conventions, the number of people being trafficked into servitude is growing

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?

From Treblinka to Tannenberg

A tour through Eastern Poland uncovers the wreckage of German military might

How I Rewrote Polish History

Poland used to be written off as a failed state. But it has survived Nazism and communism to become a model for Europe

Postcards From the Damned

Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada
The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

Leave Markets Alone

Government intervention and increased regulation of the banking industry will only worsen the economic crisis

Prague: Diary

‘The post-1989 temptation in Prague has been two-fold. The first has been to legislate the totalitarian past out of existence, the second has been to copy the liberal West blindly at a lag of 20 years’

Fear Returns to Russia

Standpoint's Mole in Moscow compares life for the intelligentsia under Putin with the Soviet era

The Ancient Entertainer

The Man who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus by Justin Marozzi

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"