Less than an hour’s drive to the north is Tskhinvali, where fighting began after Georgian forces took the city following a night of heavy bombardment. Most houses had broken windows and were either pockmarked by bullets or gutted by shelling.
During NATO airstrikes, Serbian forces raged through the city, expelling Albanians and torching their homes and shops. Today, women and children are about the only ones who dare venture into the now Serb-dominated side of the river.
Based in Berlin and Moscow, I’ve reported from the the rubble of the Soviet empire since 1996. I’ve written for The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, The Moscow Times, Bloomberg News and nytimes.com. I’m particularly interested in developing new journalism platforms for the post-paper era.
Western leaders wring their hands over the civil war in Syria, blaming Russia for their own inaction. But there never was any hope of bringing Putin on board. He will support Assad to the bitter end. Read here why that was clear more than a year ago.