Articles By Ben Judah
 
April 2014
'Like everyone else in Kiev my friend has been having nightmares'
 
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January/February 2014
'The first who came to Tuva had come in search of Belovode: a mythical Russian utopia that peasants believed existed out in Siberia'
 
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Ben Judah's best Standpoint writing is now available as an ebook
 
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November 2013
'There is a whole Eastern European city of half a million people in London. More than 80 per cent have arrived since 2004. It is a city working in basic jobs, with a sprinkling of Russian aristocrats and Bosnian refugees.'
 
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Chernovtsy's literary festival is an unexpected way for residents to connect with the Ukrainian city's lost past
 
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October 2013
'Uman has been called the Hasidic Mecca and the Hasidic Glastonbury. Overwhelmingly, however, the pilgrimage is rejected as “un-Jewish”, even by other ultra-Orthodox Jews'
 
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April 2013
The Last Man in Russia by Oliver Bullough charts the unsavoury history of alcoholism, violence, abortions and nihilism in the former USSR. For all this, it is beautifully written
 
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March 2013
'It was then that it hit me: I was being interrogated by the FSB. It was only then I began to see how terrified the locals were'
 
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December 2011
Russia and China's deep-running antagonism makes them awkward allies
 
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April 2011
In the wake of the Tunisian Revolution, a myriad of nascent political parties are making a shambolic claim for power
 
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October 2010
'The Chinese government is destroying the mud-brick maze of traditional Kashgar to cement control over its rebellious Turkic natives. Uighurs are terrified that by mid-century they will have become the Apache or Cherokee of China's Wild West'
 
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July/August 2010
'The Tajiks are unnervingly friendly. They take the Islamic injunction of hospitality with grave seriousness. The hungry often sacrifice their only cow for a backpacker with a camera, and the regime has liberally welcomed boots and bases on its soil.'
 
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May 2010
Whilst travelling through Kyrgyzstan, our correspondent found himself witness to a brutal and bloodsoaked coup
 
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April 2010
Our correspondent provides an eyewitness account of the bloody and brutal coup in Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday 7th April
 
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April 2010
"It is almost impossible to believe this misery was once a beautiful German city known as Königsberg, where Kant thought, Herder wrote and Prussia began"
 
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January/February 2010

As part of his research for this month's Dispatch from Siberia, Ben Judah interviewed Anton Surikov, a member of Russian military intelligence. It was Surikov's last interview for the western media - he died two months later in mysterious circumstances

 
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January/February 2010
‘When I finally reached Magadan, I hunted for days for a survivor. "I'm sorry, they are all dead," was the refrain. With male life-expectancy in Russia a mere 58, I should not have been surprised, but I was devastated’
 
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October 2009
Russians cling to the idea of being a great power, even though the quest for empire has become illusory and self-destructive. Can a new generation change this?
 
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July/August 2009
‘Russians think about blacks, Jews and women in the way Europeans did a generation ago’
 
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October 2008

‘It was days after the ceasefire had been signed and the facts on the ground went square against what President Nicolas Sarkozy of France had intended’

 
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About Ben Judah

Ben Judah is the author of Fragile Empire: How Russian Fell In And Out Of Love With Vladimir Putin (Yale). He is a visiting fellow at the European Stability Initiative. A collection of his journalism for Standpoint, The Yeti Hunts: Travels Through Russia and Central Asia, is available as an ebook. 

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