Why Dagestan’s FC Anzhi Makhachkala is seen as a cure for all ills

Thousands of men and boys stream towards a bright light emanating from between the dilapidated buildings of central Makhachkala, the capital of impoverished Dagestan. Countless police line the pavements, shouting warnings to stay off the road. Some have dogs. All have guns. In a republic used to rebel attacks that come almost daily, one could […]