Crossing the Globe #1: Alcohol

“We actually have a proverb that a proper wedding should have a fight.” – Maria Golub on alcohol in Russia. This week we’re speaking about attitudes towards alcohol in different countries and cultures. We hear thoughts from Dylan Stevens about gambling in…

Vilifying Russia will not solve anything

This piece is a response to an article written by Ben Townsend, The waiting game: Russia’s resurgence The Beaver’s 897th issue contains a voluminous article criticizing Russia. In the publication, totaling more than one-thousand words, Ben Townsend does not skimp…

A Swing For a Pound, a Hit For a Penny

London, January 2017. A £15 million, Grade II listed McMansion in Belgravia is occupied by members of the Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians, also known by their dubious acronym, ANAL. ANAL claimed it was bringing attention to the number of…

Why the Salisbury Attack is a Cause for Concern

The poisoning of the double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter on 4th March transpired a mere two weeks before Sunday’s Russian presidential elections. To assert that this was coincidental is inaccurate and misinformed. In fact, it is likely that…

Jeremy Corbyn or Theresa May: Who’s Right on Russia?

The poisoning of former intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in the heart of Salisbury has ground UK-Russian diplomatic relations to a halt. The Prime Minister has been steadfast in assigning responsibility to Moscow, and labelled the act as ‘An unlawful use…

The Lessons of McMafia: A Response to ‘The Russian Threat is Real’

Why Britain does not need to prepare for a Russian invasion… At a conference somewhere sometime held under Chatham House rules, I heard from a journalist from a distinguished British publication that the British press had one particular rule one…

The Russian Threat is Real… we need to prepare for it

When I was growing up, my father would always teach me snippets of British history on my daily morning car journey to school. From these ‘lessons’, I understood the historic prowess of the British Royal Navy. As an island nation,…

Tensions Between Russia and the Baltic states

Invasion by the superpower is a realistic threat from President Putin By Cameron Chippindale Many commentators on post-cold war rivalries denounce the idea of a Russian invasion of the Baltic States as a preposterous fantasy of paranoid Russia-watchers. This is not…

Trump’s Russian Travails: Diplomatic Pragmatist or Putin’s Puppet?

Donald Trump’s alleged links Moscow have consistently provided his critics with a stick to beat him with. With further evidence surfacing last week suggesting contact between Trump’s election campaign and Russian intelligence officials, many are suggesting that the culmination of…