Marina Akhmedova spent four days in the company of drug users in Yekaterinburg, central Russia, and was met with a picture of desperation, punctured by love, humanity and misplaced hope. Shortly after it was published, this harrowing piece of reportage journalism was banned in Russia.
is a Moscow-based journalist and writer. She is staff reporter at the popular Russky Reporter magazine. Her stories focus on social and cultural issues. She writes regularly on North Caucasus. She is an author of three novels. Her last novel Khadijah, Notes of a Death Girl was nominated for the Russian Booker, Russia’s most prestigious literary award.