Shades of Russia

Patrick Sewell
Representations of Russia are often limited to a narrow spectrum of colour; the endless white of a supposed eternal winter, or the universal grey of dreary Soviet architecture. Yet, one closer look is enough to dispel these monochrome stereotypes and reveal the many shades of Russian life which are either overlooked or under threat. Shades of Russia challenges the monolithic and conformist view of Russian society inherited from the Cold War with an exploration of the country’s fantastic ethnic and cultural diversity. Patrick Sewell is a student of Russian politics at University College London and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, as well as a freelance journalist, translator, and English teacher.
Sobering Up?

Sobering Up?

July 12, 2012 Patrick Sewell

Russia has had a reputation as a nation plagued by alcohol and drug abuse. What measures should be taken to deal with the problem? Citizens in the Siberian capital of Novosibirsk voiced their opinions during the International Day Against Drug Abuse

The fate of Russia's invisible ethnicities

The fate of Russia's invisible ethnicities

June 13, 2012 Patrick Sewell

With as many as 160 distinct ethnic groups and indigenous peoples, Russia is a land of incredible diversity. Yet in the face of an overwhelming Slavic majority, how can these disparate peoples hope to retain their cultural identity?

A night at The Human Library

A night at The Human Library

May 22, 2012 Patrick Sewell

In the wake of a legislative attack on the LGBT community in a number of Russian cities, “The Human Library,” an innovative project designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding, opened its doors in Moscow

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