Besieged Buddhist monastery in the Urals stands strong

By Francis Scarr It’s not something you’d expect to stumble across it in the heartland of industrial, orthodox Russia. But nestled at the summit of Mount Kachkanar in the Central Urals, lies the Shad Tchup Ling, a Buddhist monastery founded in 1995 by Lama Tenzin Dokshit – also known as Mikhail Sannikov. Following his religious… Continue reading Besieged Buddhist monastery in the Urals stands strong

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VIDEO: Marching for Nemtsov

February 27th 2016, marked exactly a year since Boris Nemtsov, a prominent Russian opposition figure and Deputy Prime Minister under Yeltsin, was shot dead one winter evening on the threshold of the Kremlin. He had become an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin and at the time was compiling a report on the presence of Russian soldiers in Eastern Ukraine, something that the Kremlin vehemently denied at the time. On February 27th 2015, he walked out of the GUM department store on Red Square with his girlfriend and down onto the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge, overlooking the bright lights and domes of central Moscow. A car drew up alongside the couple and an unknown assailant shot Nemtsov four times in the back, killing him instantly.

His assassination shocked Russian society and was met with widespread international condemnation.

The Kremlin vowed to carry out a thorough investigation. Russian authorities soon charged Anzor Gubashev and Zaur Dadaev, both from the Northern Caucasus, with involvement in the murder. According to Russian authorities, Dadaev confessed to the crime, but apparently later retracted his statement. Three more suspects were arrested, with another, according to Russian media, blowing himself up in Grozny when Russian police surrounded his apartment block.

On Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge, where Nemtsov was shot dead (Francesca Ebel)

Since Nemtsov’s death, Muscovites have closely guarded a shrine of flowers and photographs to the politician on the bridge where he was killed. When authorities try to remove it, people only bring more flowers. Yesterday, on the anniversary of his death, thousands of people took to the streets of Moscow to keep his memory alive, marching for two hours and finishing at his final resting place.

The Nose attended the march to find out what Boris Nemtsov means to those marching and what his legacy means today.




Why have the Crimean Tatars blockaded the peninsula?

By Francesca Ebel In the baking heat of the Eurasian steppe, a masked man waves a blue flag, a golden damğa emblazoned across it’s front. This is the flag of the Crimean Tatars, a Muslim minority native to the peninsula, who earlier this week – helped by various pro-Ukraine organisations including the nationalist Right Sector… Continue reading Why have the Crimean Tatars blockaded the peninsula?