R J Markowski

R J Markowski was until recently a Phd candidate in Creative Writing. He divides his time between Britain and South Russia. He is currently writing a book on the UK Culture Wars, "The Dangers of Vomiting By Mail". @boilerstoker

A cultural renaissance is underway in a region once synonymous with Stalin’s brutal gulags

The origins of a soviet leader revered as a visionary reformer in the west, but reviled as a weak American puppet in his native land

Deloitte’s former chief of ‘diversity and inclusion’ ended up a victim of the same steamrollering cultural movement she tried so hard to promote

Soviet cinema reveals to the West that life in the USSR was not all grey, unsmiling misery; instead, the Soviets were just like us

The polar cities of Arkhangelsk and Murmansk somehow attract a hardcore of visitors for whom winter isn’t a dirty word

Stefan Zweig’s 1939 novel ‘Beware of Pity’ now screams to have its message heeded

Dressing up for Halloween has been cancelled by the culture police