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Beslan: a photo-essay

This week, instead of a podcast, we have a photo-essay by Timothy Phillips, author of Beslan: the Tragedy of School No.1, which was the subject of our podcast on 15 November. Tim took these pictures in the spring following the terrorist attack. Here is how he describes the moment when, after a long overland journey […]

Continue Reading · 5 February 2008 · history and politics
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5. Sofka Zinovieff on the trail of the Red Princess

A few years ago Sofka Zinovieff became fascinated by the life of her grandmother and namesake, Sofka Dolgorouky, who was born into a noble family in imperial Russia exactly a century ago. Sofka had known her grandmother when she was already an old woman and, although she knew something of her colourful life, she was […]

Continue Reading · 6 December 2007 · biography and memoir, history and politics
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4. ‘Real stories of ordinary people…’ – Remembering Beslan

On the morning of 1 September 2004, children and teachers all over Russia were getting ready for the first day of the new school year. So begins Timothy Phillips’ account of the terrible siege of School No. 1 in Beslan, North Ossetia. Of course, we know now that that day three years ago which began […]

Continue Reading · 15 November 2007 · history and politics, podcasts