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

Novichok on stage: an interview

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”

A bridge to the Muslim world? Chechnya’s engagement with the Middle East in historical perspective

On 29 March 2019, Grozny hosted the last panels of the “Islam – Message of Mercy and Peace” conference, organised by the World Muslim League. The event brought in delegations and representatives from 43 countries, including theologians and dignitaries. At … Continue reading A bridge to the Muslim world? Chechnya’s engagement with the Middle East in historical perspective