• ‘I Mortally Offended Him By Surviving’: Alexei Navalny’s Threat To Russian Politics

    ‘Murder is the only way he knows how to fight. He’ll go down in history as nothing but a poisoner’. These scathing attacks on Vladimir Putin came from Alexei Navalny in his final 15-minute speech to the court before heading to prison for two and a half years –...
  • Russian Oligarchs And An American Invasion: Stories Of The Transfer Window

    Rachel Roberts This summer’s transfer window, like everything, has been hit by the uncertainty of COVID-19, but one thing that has not changed is the levels of spending. The market is open until the 5th October – Rachel Roberts takes a look at the biggest stories in England so...
  • Film Review: Leto

    Leto (pronounced “lee-air-ta”) translates into ‘summer’ or ‘summertime’. It’s this choice of title that foreshadows what is an intrinsically reminiscent film. Based on the memoirs of Natalya Naumenko, Kirill Serebrennikov’s Leto invites the audience to 1980s Leningrad where, through Natalya’s eyes, we learn about the development of the city’s lively rock...
  • Halloween Around the World!

    Halloween is celebrated annually on the 31st of October and whilst it might seem like just an excuse to dress up, or for an all-nighter at Crisis, the tradition is much more widespread. Rather than trick-or-treating sweets from the neighbors you never speak to, for many, the festival’s importance...
  • The Geopolitical Cost of Oil

    Gwen takes a look at the effect the current conflicts in the Middle East are having on the oil industry,...
  • The World Cup in Russia – Football’s step backwards for LGBT rights

    The football World Cup is set to kick off in Russia this year, held in a country which openly opposes homosexuals and other ethnic backgrounds. FIFA has handed football’s most illustrious cup to a country in which there is no guarantee over fan safety and the preservation of human...
  • An interview with Dr Rory Cormac, UoN’s Russia expert

    In the last month, the balance of global power has shifted again – minutely but perceptibly, making it the job of the curious observer to reassess the lie of the land. The political reverberations caused by the poisoning of one Russian ex-double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter on...