Owen Matthews
Owen Matthews
Owen Matthews was Newsweek Magazine’s Moscow Bureau Chief from 2006-16.Source
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Where the Russian Gulag Once Thrived, Life Remains Isolated

Where the Russian Gulag Once Thrived, Life Remains Isolated

The antique Soviet Tu-134 touched down at Salekhard airport in a slicing crosswind, bunny-hopped twice, then juddered to a halt in front of the terminal with a macho squeeze of brakes. Outside the airport taxi drivers waited in their vehicles, waiting in a head-lit swirl of exhaust to close in on the single emerging foreign passenger. From the usual post-Soviet police lineup of grinning crooks, I chose the only one who hadn’t bothered to get out of his car. He was a mash-faced octogenarian with a bulbous alcoholic’s nose who introduced himself as “Ivanych” — short for Alexander Ivanovich....

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