The Russian Election: If Not Putin, Then Who?

By Murray Lang Correspondent, International Relations & Russian  In March, Russia will hold an election. There will be campaigns of a sort. There will be debates and interviews. There will even be opposition rallies and protests. But none of this will change the result that Putin will serve a fourth term as president. But it…

The Man Behind Chechnya’s Purge of Gay Men

By Conor Tully Correspondent, Undergraduate IR & Russian Student On the 11th  of April, Novaya Gazeta reported that over the course of February and March more than one hundred people accused of being homosexual had been illegally detained in Chechnya. Astonished at this development, further research by the Guardian, Meduza and Radio Liberty were all nonetheless…

Back in the USSR

By Thomas Claridge Columnist, International Relations Graduate Student As the wintry nights draw in and the festive season tiptoes closer, spare a thought for Sergei Karakayev. As Commander of Russia’s Strategic Missile Troops, he must be quaking in his boots over the all-important question consuming the Kremlin this time of year; what present does one…

Syria: The Global Conflict

By Ruaraidh Maciver Middle East/Africa Editor, History Undergraduate Student The Islamic State has existed as an independent group for almost two years now, and is currently fighting several different factions within Syria and Iraq. These include the Iraqi army and its’ associated militias, the Kurdish nationalists YPG, the Syrian rebels, the Syrian army, and is…

The High Cost of Winning

Originally published in Issue IV of the St Andrews Economist By: James McNamara Playing host to the world’s legends has always been the pinnacle of sporting pride for any nation. But aside from all the grandeur, how do these major events really impact a region’s economy? The short answer: it is virtually impossible to accurately…