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Author: Lee Parry

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The Nazino Affair: the USSR’s horrifying “Cannibal Island”

It’s no secret that the USSR wasn’t exactly a bastion of human rights. Show trials and executions, the mass deportation of political prisoners and the practice of “unpersoning” undesirables – executing them and then effectively erasing them from history – were all common, particularly under Josef Stalin’s reign of terror. Perhaps one of the worst […]

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11 places to check out in Belgrade, Serbia

The heartland of the former Yugoslavia (and, unfortunately the grand architect of some of the worst atrocities of the 1990s Yugoslav Wars), Serbia is a landlocked Central European country with a long history and a proud people. As with many other countries in the region, Serbia has historically been a victim of foreign invaders, from […]

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Yugoslavia’s iron fist: the life of Josip Broz Tito 

It’s no secret that we at YPT are somewhat enamoured with everything communist and Soviet, but one does not always necessarily imply the other – from Red China to North Korea and Cuba, some communist countries did not fall under the Soviet aegis and went their own way. The former Yugoslavia was no exception to […]

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Through the Lightest and the Darkest: A journey to India’s Sacred Royal Bathing Day

How do I describe my feelings about my journey to India? There and back again? Not quite. There was a ways to go before I returned home. I left the house as early as I could. I kissed Isis goodbye and I arrived at the minivan station before the drivers and the ticket seller did. […]

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The Mongolian ger: the traditional Mongolian tent

The Mongolians are historically a nation of nomads. This was true in Genghis Khan’s time, and it’s still true for 40% of the modern population. But being a nomad does not exempt someone from the need for shelter – particularly with the harsh Mongolian winter and its biting insects of the summer – and that’s […]

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Ulaanbaatar: capital of Mongolia

Great for a Scrabble hand with a few too many vowels, Mongolia’s capital of Ulaanbaatar (sometimes spelled as ‘Ulan Bator’) is the capital city of a country that, sadly, doesn’t see as much tourism as it should. We give you the lowdown on this quirky city. Ulaanbaatar profile Population: 1.3 million Time zone: GMT +8 […]

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The “Waterless Place”: Asia’s Gobi Desert

The Gobi Desert is Asia’s largest and most iconic, covering over 1600km (1000 miles) of China and Mongolia. It has long been a region that acted as a natural barrier between the various countries of the area, limiting the movement of troops, ordnance and supplies during times of war. Occasionally, armies would take on the […]

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CONIFA 2020: the final 16 revealed!

January 8th, 2020 Our partners at the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) — AKA the Other World Cup — recently announced the 16 teams that have qualified for this year’s World Cup. Taking place between May 30th and June 7th 2020 in Skopje, North Macedonia, the final 16 are as follows: AfricaMatabelelandKabyliaDarfurWestern Sahara AsiaTamil […]

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What is the Eurasian Adventure? 

Here at YPT we have a few tours that we’d consider flagship – May Day in North Korea, the Least Visited Countries tour, Chernobyl/Transnistria – but by far our biggest and most impressive is the Eurasian Adventure. But what, exactly, is the Eurasian Adventure? We’re so glad you asked. Let us enlighten you… What is […]

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Soviet Wastelands Intelligence Services

‘’Russia is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’’ – Winston Churchill At its height the Soviet Union stretched for over 6,800 miles (10,900 kilometres) from east to west, covering 11 of the world’s 24 time zones. It was home to over 100 distinct national ethnicities and 123 languages. As a result, the […]

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