A Woman's World in the Caucasus: Nagorno-Karabakh's Grand Experiment

A Woman's World in the Caucasus: Nagorno-Karabakh's Grand Experiment

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2018

The small, renegade republic of Nagorno-Karabakh in the Caucasus is deeply patriachal. But for the last several years, more and more women have been rising to positions of leadership in the government, courts and universities. The development has changed the country. By Fiona Ehlers more... Comment ]

In Russia's Shadow: Searching for the Roots of the Georgia Problem

In Russia's Shadow: Searching for the Roots of the Georgia Problem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 15, 2014

Georgia recently signed an association agreement with the EU and it also wants to become a member of NATO. Russia's shadow, though, continues to loom over the Caucasus, so what does the future hold for the country trapped between the East and the West? By Erich Follath more... Comment ]


Securing Sochi: Russia's Elite Counter-Terrorism Fighters

Securing Sochi: Russia's Elite Counter-Terrorism Fighters

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 07, 2014

As Russia reels from last week's terror attack in Volgograd, President Putin is going to great lengths to make sure the Winter Olympics in Sochi remain secure. The elite Spetsnaz fighters are charged with holding off Islamist separatists from the volatile Caucasus. By Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Election in Georgia: A Battle between Dictators and Dreamers

Election in Georgia: A Battle between Dictators and Dreamers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 28, 2012

Parliamentary elections in the small Caucasus nation of Georgia will be held on Monday. President Saakashvili is waging a desperate effort against rivals who accuse him of behaving like a dictator. But he says his billionaire main opponent is nothing but a straw man for Putin. By Walter Mayr more...


Georgian Billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili: 'I Am the Last Free Man in This Country'

Georgian Billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili: 'I Am the Last Free Man in This Country'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 27, 2012

Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili has taken on President Mikheil Saakashvili by establishing an opposition movement. Many of his supporters were recently questioned in what Amnesty has called an intimidation attempt. In a SPIEGEL ONLINE interview, Ivanishvili asks the West to drop its support for Saakashvili, who he claims wants to turn Georgia into a dictatorship. more... Comment ]

Putin's Unruly Children: A New Generation Aims to Revitalize Russia

Putin's Unruly Children: A New Generation Aims to Revitalize Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2012

Russia's young people are growing up with more freedom than ever. Twenty years after the end of communism, the first post-Soviet generation is transforming the country -- whether the once and future president likes it or not. By Benjamin Bidder more...


Russian Election: The Kremlin's Dangerous Flirtation with Nationalism

Russian Election: The Kremlin's Dangerous Flirtation with Nationalism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 01, 2011

Ahead of Russia's parliamentary elections on Sunday, the pro-Kremlin parties are using nationalist rhetoric in a bid to exploit growing right-wing sentiment in the country. But it's a dangerous game. If the far right gets stronger, it could pose a threat to Vladimir Putin. By Benjamin Bidder and Matthias Schepp more...

Nabbing the Gunman: Suspected Politkovskaya Killer Captured in Chechnya

Nabbing the Gunman: Suspected Politkovskaya Killer Captured in Chechnya

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 31, 2011

For almost five years, Rustum Makhmudov had managed to avoid arrest. Now, the suspected killer of Russian journalist Anna Polikovskaya has been arrested in Chechnya. Investigators hope to learn who else might have been complicit in the murder. By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow more...


A Chechen Strongman's New Toy: Legendary Soccer Trainer Ruud Gullit Takes on Grozny

A Chechen Strongman's New Toy: Legendary Soccer Trainer Ruud Gullit Takes on Grozny

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 01, 2011

Dutch soccer star Ruud Gullit was a legend in the 1980s. Now he is the new manager of Chechen team Terek Grozny as part of a pet project by Chechnya's hardman leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, who hopes football success can help rebuild his battered country. But critics accuse Gullit, who used to be an outspoken proponent of human rights, of selling out. By Walter Mayr in Grozny, Chechnya more...

Minorities Under Attack: The Germ of Hate Spreads in Russia

Minorities Under Attack: The Germ of Hate Spreads in Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 01, 2011

The terror attack on Moscow's main airport last week has fuelled the flames of xenophobia in Russia. The Kremlin isn't intervening to halt the trend that could cause deep rifts in the country's multiethnic society. By Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]