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“The Reddest of the Blacks”


For the past several months, I’ve been researching the life of Lovett Fort-Whiteman. Here’s a short film I made about his eventual arrest and death in Stalinist Russia.

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Interview with Mark Adomanis

My interview with Mark Adomanis who blogs about Russia at the Russian Hand on Forbes.com. You can follow him on Twitter @MarkAdomanis. [display_podcast]  

The Cost of Crimea

If and when Russia absorbs Crimea, acquiring the peninsula isn’t going to come cheap. The real cost of Crimea might not be sanctions from the US and EU but the funding it’s going to take to support the region. Here’s how Leonid Bershidskii breaks down the numbers for subsidizing...

No Room for No in Crimea

Thus far I’ve been silent on the Russian military occupation of Crimea. I’ve found the deluge of media on the crisis quite overwhelming. I do have a stance: Russia has violated Ukrainian sovereignty, an irony considering Moscow’s often paeans to sovereign integrity. I agree with Mark Adomanis that Russia...

Putin’s Partition of Ukraine?

By William Risch @williamrisch The Russian occupation of Crimea over the weekend has alarmed President Barack Obama, the UN, NATO, the EU, and, last but not least, the people of Ukraine.  A week ago, it looked like the Euromaidan protest movement , which began in late November over President...

The Ukrainian Civil War That Wasn’t

Some of the content below might be outdated due to rapidly changing events. Originally posted at Current Politics in Ukraine. Reposted here with permission. By William Risch Last week, world television stations featured horrific clashes with police and protestors in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. Up to 100 died in...

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 nationalists to attack Russian oppositionists. But there has been little direct proof to pin on the Grey Cardinal of the Presidential Administration (PA). It...

Ukraine: Divided or Diverse

Originally posted at Current Politics in Ukraine. Reposted here with permission. by Uilleam Blacker On Wednesday, February 19, following the worst violence so far of the Ukrainian protests, BBC Radio 4’s Today program, probably the leading radio news show in the UK, reported on Ukraine. The program’s correspondent Daniel Sandford warned...

Few Answers for Ukraine’s Economy

My article in Warscapes, “Ukraine’s Economy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place“: Note: Due to rapidly developing events on the ground in Ukraine, some of the information in this article may be outdated at time of publication. Kyiv is on fire. Violence between Ukraine’s internal security and protestors...

Interview with Dmytro Yarosh, Leader of Right Sector

Ukrains’ka Pravda, 4 February 2014, 15:59 “Dmytro Yarosh, Leader of Right Sector: When 80% of the Country Does Not Support the Regime, There Can’t be a Civil War” An Interview by Mustafa Nayyem and Oksana Kovalenko (Translated from Ukrainian by William Risch) Dmytro Yarosh, leader of Right Sector, has...

Pussy Riot’s Passion

My review, “Demystifying the media caricatures of Pussy Riot” of Masha Gessen’s Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot has been published in The World Today. Here’s an excerpt: Pussy Riot are now global celebrities. Their cause has been featured in articles, profiles, books and films. Since...