Felix Light

@felix_light

Russia, North Caucasus and some late Soviet history. In , , and others.

Joined September 2013

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  1. Looking for book recommendations on Ulster loyalist politics/ paramilitarism. Can anyone here offer some pointers of what (not) to read?

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  2. This is really, really excellent. Am all for journalism engaging seriously with conspiracy theories, their internal logic, and their advocates. Especially in countries where they’re so mainstream. More of this please!

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  4. Disconcertingly enough, there was a Comedy Club sketch where a Putin impersonator made exactly this point ... as a joke. «зачем мне Фейсбук когда у меня есть ФСБук?»

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  5. This is one of the most interesting instalments of ’s extraordinary Generation Gulag project. Valentina’s is a latter day gulag story, jailed in 1962, after she saw the Red Army shoot striking workers at Novocherkassk.

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  7. Obsessed with Makhachkala’s old Dagestan Republican Philharmonic building, on the Caspian seafront. A wonderful Soviet relic complete w/ red star & Lezginka motifs. Now completely abandoned and crumbling away in what’s now a very unSoviet city.

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  8. ... meanwhile, left-liberal oppositionists in Yabloko are in civil war, having purged the radical faction around , apparently trying to become 'more systemic'. Could wind up back in the Duma next year.

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  9. Finally some good news for Dmitry Medvedev: Meduza reports he may be losing his job as leader of United Russia, too. The deeply unpopular party’s getting merged into wider pro govt All-Russian Peoples Front organisation.

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  10. Today I: - Applied for visa to visit Abkhazia through Georgia - Was immediately refused visa - Found out Abkhazia has low key banned *all* foreigners from entering & cut itself off from the world until at least April over Coronavirus fears

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  11. Naturally VVP agrees that Derbent is dope too. “A unique site in human civilisation”.

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  12. ‘I <3 Imam Huseyn’ The other day in Derbent, Dagestan: Iranian-style Shi’ite zealotry crossbreeding with the Russian language and a Soviet city to produce something very odd indeed.

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    "Their 'democracy" Soviet poster, 1970

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    Moscow deploys facial recognition technology for coronavirus quarantine...

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    An incident of road rage descended into the worst ethnic violence this central Asian nation has ever witnessed |

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    Pipelines are creeping across the Yamal Peninsula in Russia's Arctic. The country's energy lobby say that they represent progress and opportunities for locals. But this indigenous rights activist is more sceptical.

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    Coda Story’s Bruno Fellowship is a nine-month paid reporting opportunity for early to mid-career journalists excited to report an in-depth story on disinformation, authoritarian tech or the war on science. Apply now to send us your story ideas!

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    An amazing photo of ZIL factory in Moscow via northern_friend (IG)

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    Incredible scenes in Istanbul! Osman Kavala & ALL co-defendants present in court in Gezi trial acquitted of all charges. (Can Atalay in this AV). Kavala freed after more than two years behind bars. We hope this bodes well for verdict tmw.

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    Within 24 hours, the head of the pro-Kremlin (Kremlin-funded) A Just Russia party, and the head of Yakutia have spoken out on the Network case. Something is definitely shifting. Expect more and more pro-Kremlin figures to add voices.

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