First Putin, now Xi Jinping: how unlimited power became the ‘in’ thing

If you were to cast your mind back to the finest music of 2002, it’s unlikely that the first thing to come to mind would be a Russian chart topper. That year, a song titled ‘A Man Like Putin”, in which a Russian girl-band sang about how they wanted a man like Vladimir Putin, dominated the Russian charts. Unsurprisingly, it propelled the band to worldwide […]

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Bears too strong for valiant Blues

Blues 15 (Tries: Lamont, Hudson; Conversion: Marr; Penalty: Marr); Russia 29 (Tries: Tsnobiladze,  Temnov, Garbuzov, Simplikevich (x2); Conversions: Klyuchnikov (x2)) The men’s rugby Blues had plenty to be proud of after losing out to the Russian national team in a tightly-contested match at Iffley Road. When a university of 15,000 students takes on a country of […]

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Pussy Riot: ‘Politics in the guise of Art’

I am pressed against the wall in a crowded room, one amongst hundreds crammed inside the bar at the Royal Court Theatre to watch a dramatic reading of the final testimonies’ of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Marina Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich on the planned ‘global’ day of action to protest their detention. With an audience ranging from […]

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