Sasha Lensky

The end of the Russian dream

16 June 2022 7:47 pm

I was born in the USSR in 1978 and was just becoming a teenager as the Soviet Union fell. For…

Russia’s anti-Putin backlash is gathering strength

22 May 2022 4:00 pm

The backlash in Russia to Putin’s war is now visibly getting underway. For the first time, the President risks becoming…

Putin has corrupted Russia’s 'Victory Day'

3 May 2022 3:58 pm

The Victory Day celebrations on 9 May have been, under Vladimir Putin, through a dramatic mutation. In my childhood, in the…

Russia’s dark path towards the death penalty

15 April 2022 6:00 pm

In Russia these days, the reintroduction of the death penalty has a grim inevitability about it. There has been a…

Why Russians like me aren't rising up against Putin

26 March 2022 6:30 pm

I was born, grew up and have lived in Russia all of my 45 years. This means that I belong…

Don't blame us Russians for Putin's war

22 March 2022 9:33 pm

Thousands of Russians who have fled to Georgia in the wake of Putin’s crackdown are receiving a poor welcome. ‘F***…