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Alyona Itskova

Novaya Gazeta Europe correspondent

23 articles
StoriesCulture

Gasping for air Askold Kurov and and Anonymous1 capture the last days of press freedom in Russia in their film Of Caravan and the Dogs

StoriesSociety

A higher loyalty Who is Pyotr Verzilov, the outspoken Russian artist and activist currently fighting for the Armed Forces of Ukraine?

StoriesSociety

Default masculine How the Russian language has become a battleground in the country’s culture wars

StoriesSociety

‘We had no chance of finding a child’ Novaya Gazeta Europe tells the stories of three Russian families who chose to adopt

StoriesSociety

Feline justice Russian society is using ‘cat activism’ as an acceptable form of protest

StoriesPolitics

The cipher Meet Leonid Slutsky, Putin’s approved ‘challenger’ in next year’s presidential elections

StoriesSociety

Mother Russia Who is the face of Russian online censorship, scourge of Russian rappers and Gen-Z icon Yekaterina Mizulina?

StoriesPolitics

The Candidate Who is the provincial journalist and mother of three planning to run for president?

StoriesSociety

Not Gonna Get Us From the triumph of t.A.T.u. to a ban on ‘gay propaganda’ and attempts to label ‘the LGBT movement’ as extremist — a history of the queer community in contemporary Russia

StoriesSociety

Spiral of violence Pardoning violent criminals for military service in Ukraine is freeing them to reoffend

StoriesPolitics

Passport control The Belarusian opposition is working on an alternative passport for the country’s citizens in exile. Could it succeed?

StoriesPolitics

Staying the distance The Moscow local politician who refuses to be intimidated

StoriesSociety

‘She was no pushover’ Russian feminist activist Anastasia Yemelyanova died in the Turkish city of Erzurum last week after being stabbed. Her boyfriend later confessed to the crime.

StoriesSociety

Hostages of gender and government Russia seeks to forbid trans persons from changing their gender marker in documents, undergoing gender-affirming therapy, and adopting children

InterviewSociety

‘Control of women is foundational to the Taliban’s project’ How life in Afghanistan has changed after the second Taliban takeover, Stanford University historian Robert Crews explains

InterviewPolitics

‘Russia will stay tarnished by the legacy of this war’ How Kyiv’s military and diplomatic leverage are tied together, explains international relations expert Liana Fix

InterviewSports

‘It’s women, life, and freedom. Which one of these words is wrong?’ An interview with Iranian chess arbiter Shohreh Bayat who was removed from all FIDE commissions and forced to leave her home country because of her beliefs

InterviewPolitics

‘Dictators around the world are watching’ How did Putin transform from a manipulative leader into a ‘fear’ dictator and will his regime survive the war? Explains Daniel Treisman, a UCLA professor of political science

InterviewSociety

‘The civilians who support the war may be more culpable than most of the soldiers’ What the just war theory can tell us about the Russian invasion in Ukraine: Jeff McMahan, a philosopher at the University of Oxford, explains

InterviewEconomics

‘If you go to war with somebody, you don’t keep your money in their pocket’ Russia might lose trillions of dollars due to the invasion of Ukraine, a leading scholar on inequality and globalisation Branko Milanović estimates

InterviewPolitics

‘How to reduce the power of a petrostate? Get off fossil fuels as quickly as we can’ One of the main lessons from the war in Ukraine is that the world needs to finally ‘go green’, climate justice expert Naomi Klein says

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