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On Chechen terrorists, good old times and today’s ignorant youth

Alexey is a resident of the town of Budyonnovsk in the south of Russia. It rose to international prominence when a group of more than 100 Chechen rebels led by their leader Shamil Basayev attacked the town in 1995. They stormed the city hospital where they took almost 2000 people…

On Tibetans in Russia and Buddhist fertility advice for ageing Soviet pop stars

Gen Pen Tso is a Buddhist monk from Tibet who has been living in Kalmykia since 2006. The Republic in Russia’s south is the only region in Europe where Buddhism is traditionally the majority religion. Gen came to live in the republic’s capital Elista to work in one of the…