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Alec Luhn | The Nation

Alec Luhn

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Alec Luhn

Alec Luhn is a Moscow-based journalist who has written for The Guardian, The Independent, Slate, GlobalPost and other publications.

Articles

News and Features

Ordinary people will be the undisputed losers in the International Monetary Fund’s loan deal with Ukraine.

A left-leaning student movement could provide an alternative to the right-wing dominance of Ukraine’s street protests and parliamentary politics.

Illegal waste dumps, displacement of residents, harsh retribution against local activists: Sochi has it all.

An expert on the North Caucasus rates the chance of attack as “high—four out of five.”

Coverage focused on the call for European integration has largely glossed over the rise in nationalist rhetoric that has led to violence. 

But legislative changes are making it still more difficult for opposition candidates to win.

Meanwhile, activists organized a counter-summit to discuss the problems world leaders were unwilling to address. 

The anti-corruption activist’s mayoral campaign in Moscow is dividing voters, while testing the country’s diminished opposition party.

Russian lawmakers claim it would curb US access to Russian Internet data. But the real goal, critics say, would be to enable greater Russian surveillance over online activist activity.

In Russia, activists struggle against rising homophobia and a government crack down on LGBT rights.

Blogs

The environmental legacy of the Sochi Games includes habitat destruction, polluted waterways and razed forests. 
Even before the whipping, the professionalism of the Cossack hosts springing up around Russia was unclear.
The brief detention of Pussy Riot members is only the latest in a series of oppressive arrests at this Olympics.
An activist who had been vocal in his opposition to Sochi’s environmental impact has been sentenced to three years in a prison colony.
It’s been ninety years since ski jumping became an Olympic sport. Today was the first time women could compete.
“A lot of money was spent, a lot of damage incurred, and now we don't know what to do with what we've got.”
'A Punk Prayer' distills the group's protest and trial into a parable on Vladimir Putin's free speech crackdown.
Recent outbursts of student activism are raising hopes for the emergence of a Russian student movement on the heels of the mass political...