They’re Coming for Us: Reviewing Eliot Borenstein’s Plots Against Russia: conspiracy and fantasy after socialism

For years, Eliot Borenstein’s previous book, Overkill: sex and violence in contemporary Russian popular culture, has been my go-to recommendation for colleagues and Russocurious friends who want to learn more about the dominant narratives of modern-day Russia. For readers expecting … Continue reading They’re Coming for Us: Reviewing Eliot Borenstein’s Plots Against Russia: conspiracy and fantasy after socialism

North Caucasus Monthly: MinKavkaz abolished and Ingushetia government dissolves

MinKavkaz to be abolished. The resignation of Russia’s government on 22 January will have a direct impact on the North Caucasus (also see below), as the federal Ministry of North Caucasus Affairs (MinKavkaz) is set to be abolished, Caucasian Knot … Continue reading North Caucasus Monthly: MinKavkaz abolished and Ingushetia government dissolves

What’s Up Russia? A New Prime Minister, and Environmental Activist Jailed

– Russia was handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency on December 9th. Russia’s participation at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be the highest-profile events … Continue reading What’s Up Russia? A New Prime Minister, and Environmental Activist Jailed

What’s up North Caucasus? Minors returned from the Middle East and new sanctions against Chechen officials

Murder of Ingush anti-extremism official. On November 2nd, the head of the Ingush anti-extremism agency, Ibragim Eldzherkiev, was shot dead in Moscow along with his brother, Akhmed Eldzherkiev. On December 10th, Interfax reported that ten suspects have been arrested so far … Continue reading What’s up North Caucasus? Minors returned from the Middle East and new sanctions against Chechen officials

What’s up Russia? Professor confesses to killing fiancee and Russians want more freedom according to new survey

– On November 4th, the former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev gave an interview to the BBC in which he said that nuclear weapons must be destroyed to “save the planet and ourselves.” In 1987, Gorbachev signed the … Continue reading What’s up Russia? Professor confesses to killing fiancee and Russians want more freedom according to new survey

What’s up North Caucasus? Ramzan Kadyrov visits Saudi Arabia, and Ingushetia remembers the victims of the 1992 Osseto-Ingush conflict

– Several infrastructure projects are in realisation to connect Dagestan with the broader region. On the 1st of October, the Head of the Republic mentioned ata meeting of the Valdai Club that flights between Makhachkala and Iran are planned to … Continue reading What’s up North Caucasus? Ramzan Kadyrov visits Saudi Arabia, and Ingushetia remembers the victims of the 1992 Osseto-Ingush conflict

Drop in alcohol consumption WTO reports and new raids against Alexander Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation

– Some good news began this month, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) reporting that alcohol consumption in Russia fell by 43% between 2003 and 2016 on October 1st. According to WHO, Russians used to be considered some of the … Continue reading Drop in alcohol consumption WTO reports and new raids against Alexander Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation