In 2008, Belgian journal ‘La Revue Nouvelle’ published an interview with Arkady Babchenko, in which he explained why his experience of serving in the Russian army in Chechnya had motivated him to become a war reporter. In light of Babchenko’s recent staged murder, in order to foil a genuine assassination plot, the interview makes for chilling reading.
is a specialist in Russian and Caucasian studies, and a member of Le Centre d’Etude de la Vie Politique (CEVIPOL; www.cevipol.be). She is a Lecturer in Political Science at the Université libre de Bruxelles (Brussels) where she teaches courses on Russian Politics, Russia’s foreign policy, and states and conflicts in the Caucasus. Her recent publications include: ‘Tchétchénie : silence, ordre et violence’ (La Revue nouvelle, April 2018) and ‘Remembering and forgetting in Chechnya today: Using the Great Patriotic War to create a new historical Narrative’, in Anne Le Huérou, Aude Merlin, Amandine Regamey, Elisabeth Kozlowski (eds): Chechnya at war and beyond (Routledge, 2014), pp. 37-57.