Articles by Simon Speakman Cordall

In Dagestan, Olympics Costs Are Deeply Personal for Some (Video)

As loved ones die or go missing, some residents fear that the authorities are misusing a Kremlin-backed security crackdown ahead of the Sochi Games.

Montenegrin Seaside Attracting Russian Buyers

A small Montenegrin fort town on the shore of the Adriatic is now seeing a wave of Russian real estate buyers as its latest invaders.

Ahead of Games, Dagestan Leader Faces Pressure to Quell Violence

Last week, as residents of half a dozen regions went to the polls to vote for governors, in Dagestan the legislature was making the choice of who would lead the volatile republic.


It was June 17, 1842, when two British army officers, Captain Charles Conolly and Lieutenant Colonel Stoddart, were dragged from the Emir's citadel in Bukhara through the baying mob.

Uzbekistan, Central Asia's Poisoned Chalice

Last December, Uzbek President Islam Karimov officially designated 2013 as his country's Year of Prosperity and Well-Being at a ceremony meant to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the national constitution in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.