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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.


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The law, still to be signed by the president, is more about silencing the left than anything else.

“If you can kill a well-known person with impunity, because I'm sure no one who ordered it will be punished, then we're all just as vulnerable.”

Is rebel field commander Alexei Mozgovoi a social revolutionary or a power-hungry facilitator of mob rule?

Some reform-minded leaders in the Donetsk People's Republic want to create a socially oriented alternative to the oligarch-led government in Kiev—but will the Kremlin let them?

Tens of thousands have fled in the wake of ongoing fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

Polls show Petro Poroshenko ahead of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in Sunday’s election.

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.


Ukrainian officials and pro-Russian insurgents trade accusations as details of crash remain unclear.
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.