For much of the post-Soviet era, ‘Z’ was the symbol of a music festival in Crimea that united people across borders.
Clément Girardot is a writer from France whose work has appeared at The Guardian, Religion News Service, Geographical, Le Monde, Aftenposten, and Days... Japan. He is also the co-editor of Mashallah News, an online magazine focusing on Turkey, Iran, and the Arab countries.
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