Recent Posts

Writing

Review: Putin’s Games

http://english.share.rferl.org/flashembed.aspx?t=vid&id=25191947&w=640&h=363&skin=embeded My column for Russia Magazine, “Palaces in Sochi on Monday,” Until recently, Sochi was mostly viewed in the context of Russia’s anti-homosexuality laws. No more. Stories of corruption and rights abuses in the preparation of the Olympics are all the rage. Joshua Yaffa’s recent article in Business Week...

Bandera’s Ghost in Kyiv

Guest post by William Risch Last week January 1 marked more than the start of a new year in Ukraine.  It marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of Stepan Bandera, onetime leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN).  About 15,000 people in Kyiv took part in a...

Battlefield Volgograd

My article for Next City, “Why the Terrorists Chose Volgograd,” Volgograd has a long history of violence. Originally Tsaritsyn, it was a key southern outpost founded in the 16th century to serve as the guardian of the Volga River and a gateway to the Caucasus. It location at the...