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Running and plotting: Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Death of Stalin’

The international release of Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin was attended by two fitting ironies. The first was that Vladimir Putin’s Russia—after this month’s election result, it remains undoubtedly his—banned it outright on the grounds of its “extremism”. (Yelena

Two Book Reviews

The following book reviews were written for The Weekend Australian back in 2016. For whatever reason — probably the fact that I didn’t file them on time — they were never published. I’m putting them out there now for posterity’s sake. From the review

Putinism with a Turkish face

As I have travelled around Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Turkey these past few weeks, covering the lead-up to and aftermath of last weekend’s presidential election, I have been continually reminded of the last country in which I undertook such a project.

Follow Friday: @NataliaAntonova on the horror of watching the world collapse

Natalia Antonova (@NataliaAntonova) is having a rough time of it. For most of this year, the Ukrainian-born, US-raised, ethnically Russian journalist and playwright has expected the worst and then been granted it. Crimea. East Ukraine. MH17. While Western correspondents condemn

Follow Friday: @KevinRothrock, explaining the RuNet

In a media landscape that comprises a multitude of voices, following events across countries can be bewildering. It is often difficult to separate the voices that know what they’re talking about from those that merely like the sound of themselves.

Follow Friday: @MarkAdomanis injects nuance and numbers into Russia debate

On February 28, when reports started coming in that unidentified armed men in combat gear were patrolling outside Crimea’s airport and had occupied the region’s parliament building, Forbes contributor Mark Adomanis (@MarkAdomanis) took to his blog, ‘The Russia Hand’, to

Don’t be too quick to judge Sochi

When I was in Sochi the year before last, I took a pleasure cruise on the Black Sea. I remember being fascinated by the city’s skyline, its cranes as striking and numerous against the snow-capped mountains as the dashes on

Follow Friday: @MarkGaleotti, explaining Russia and the Games

The Sochi Winter Olympics, which begin next week, will forever be known as Putin’s Games. However they eventually pan out, Russia’s President has staked a good deal of political capital on their success — not to mention plenty of actual