The 2018 Russia World Cup: The Politics of Football

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On the banks of the river Volga lies Nizhny Novgorod, a 1.2 million people strong city on the borderlands of Siberia. Nizhny, one of the lesser-known host cities for the 2018 Russia World Cup, will host the Three Lions in their match against World Cup minnows Panama on June 24th. The city, formerly named Gorky… Continue Reading ➤

Why Putin was right to annex Crimea

The Resurrection Church in the Crimean resort of Foros, commisioned by Russian 'Tea King' Alexander Kuznetsov

One year on, and we still keep hearing about the Russian annexation of Crimea. Doubtless the situation in Eastern Ukraine has continued to add fuel to the fire and keep the story in the press, but the media still concentrates a lot on the situation in the peninsula. Illegal as it may have been, however, there… Continue Reading ➤

The Success of Russia’s Propaganda: Ukraine’s ‘Banderovtsy’

A protester during the Euromaidan in Kyiv, February 2014. [Source: Ivan Bandura]

Russian President Putin was absent from Tuesday’s official ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Red Army’s 322nd Rifle Division, opting instead to attend a local tribute at Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre amid ever-deepening tensions between Russia and the West. The Kremlin’s delegation at the Polish ceremony was… Continue Reading ➤