Murder

Politkovskaya Ten Years On

It’s been ten years since an assassin put four bullets in Anna Politkovskaya—three in her chest, one in her head, the hallmark of a contract hit. And what can be said on this macabre anniversary?

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Surkov and Neo-Nazis?

My latest for Russia Magazine, “Did Vladislav Surkov Help Fund Neo-Nazis?“: It’s long been rumored that Vladislav Surkov funded and directed football hooligans and Russian

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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

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Volgograd Bombing

Russia suffered its first terrorist attack outside the North Caucasus since the Domodedovo airport bombing that killed 37 and injured 178 in January 2011. Though

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Six and Sixty

This post was also published at Warscapes. Sunday, October 7, marks six years since Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in her apartment elevator. The assailant shot

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