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Cold Justice In Siberia: A Teenager Swallowed By Putin's System

Busted for hanging anti-government posters, 15-year-old Nikita has been jailed for almost a year on charges of 'terrorism,' and has yet to even go to trial.

Nikita Ouvarov, 15 year-old Russian activist spent almost one year in jail.
Nikita Ouvarov, 15 year-old Russian activist spent almost one year in jail.
Benoît Vitkine

KANSK — Everywhere, hearts. In his school notebook, Nikita wrote the words "Pushkin is a genius." Next to it, he drew a heart. There are hearts too on the letters he sends to his mother from prison. "I miss you, I love you," he writes. A year separates that declarations of love to the Russian poet and the letters the teenager now writes from jail in Kansk, in Siberia, which he entered at the age of 14, on charges of terrorism.

The notebooks contain other clues. In several places the letter "A" appears, written with a felt-tip pen and circled in the anarchist way. There are reflections too. The middle schooler wonders about "the social conventions invented by the middle class to distinguish themselves from the people who go barefoot." He wants to escape — "far from the noise of firecrackers, the grandmothers who curse against dogs, the insults of passersby."

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

Rosa Chávez Yacila

YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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