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Backlight: In Memoriam: Aleksander Litvinenko

January 24, 2016 , , ,

It started as a possible case of food poisoning but within weeks turned into a grim spectacle of enormous political proportions: Aleksander Litvinenko, former member of the Russian secret service, died in his place of residence London in November 2006, after having been poisoned with a radioactive substance.

Putin’s Olympic Dream

November 25, 2013 ,

In just a couple of years the city of Sochi has to be refashioned from a nostalgic Soviet holiday resort, filled with gorgeous sanatoriums, into a modern Russian city with The Olympic Winter Games (February 2014) in prospect. Literally everything and everyone has to yield in order to turn this status project of President Putin into a success.