– On the 6th of June, reporter Ivan Golunov was searched on the streets of Moscow by police, who allegedly then found on his person several bags of white powder (said to be mephedrone) and arrested Golunov for intent to supply. … Continue reading Golunov arrested and freed, and Russia rejoins PACE
Earlier this year, London’s HUNCHtheatre announced the debut of a new play about the 2018 novichok poisonings in Salisbury, England. The show, titled To See Salisbury, brings a whimsical view of the event – the knowns and unknowns – to stages in the United Kingdom and the United States. Working in collaboration with Stage RC and expatriate Russian satirist Victor Shenderovich, the show promises to be provocative and insightful.
Lossi 36 Assistant Editor-in-chief Louis Train sat down with HUNCHtheatre co-founders Oliver Bennett and Vladimir Shcherban to ask about their vision, their work, and the questions they don’t know how to answer. Continue reading “Novichok on stage: an interview”
– May Day, a popular holiday celebrated around the world on May 1st, saw protests and clashes with police across Europe, notably trade-unionist and anti-capitalist groups. In Russia, over 100 people were arrested, mostly in Saint Petersburg, for opposition to … Continue reading Communists clash on May Day holiday, and President Putin slips up in Sochi
“Once upon a time there was a little boy. He lived in the most unjust country in the world. Which was ruled by creatures who by all human accounts should be considered degenerates. Which never happened. And there was a … Continue reading Breath and colours of Saint Petersburg / March, April
– On April 3rd, Turkey purchased a S-400 missile system from Russia in a move that angered fellow NATO members. In response, the United States suspended Turkey’s involvement in the F-35 fighter jet program, the largest and most expensive weapons program … Continue reading Turkey buys Russian weapons, and a director freed from house arrest
– On March 4th, Russian ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov warned that arms control was “in crisis” and claimed that “some politicians and generals in Washington” were beginning to think about nuclear war. Both countries have suspended observation of … Continue reading A new Internet law forbids disrespect, a potential nuclear arms crisis and Russia rounds up undercover agents
– On January 27th, the world’s so-called oldest ever person, Koku Istambulova, died at the age of either 129 or 130, in Chechnya. Her identification document, issued in 2003, states that she was born in 1889, however, no other evidence … Continue reading Russia suspends observation of INF treaty, and polar bears bother remote Russian island
– At the end of December, Russia arrested a suspected US spy in Moscow. Paul Whelan, а former US Marine, faces ten to twenty years in a Russian prison after he was found with a memory stick containing state secrets. … Continue reading American suspected to be a spy arrested in Moscow and Russian movie smashes box-office records
In anticipation of the upcoming winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which will take place in Strasbourg between 21-25 January, Anastasia Dmitrichenko discusses why Russia may leave the Council of Europe (CoE) and why … Continue reading The Russian Question and the Council of Europe: where is the conflict headed?