Dave Hayton's Archive

The Case for Russian Travel

By / March 2015

“Russians,” writes Dave Hayton, “will bless your children’s children with the same passion they curse your president. But if you can swallow your taboos and slough off the political criticism, you will gain a lifelong friend.”


Derbent, Gateway to Peace

By / May 2014

Dave Hayton asks whether Derbent, a multi-ethnic city in southern Dagestan could provide a model for peace in the Middle East.


Not Your Typical Godfather

By / April 2014

Dave Hayton on one Dagestani man’s quest to fight terrorism and unemployment one investment at a time: “Hizri’s resolve to stay in Makhachkala remains a costly one. But a sense of duty keeps him here.”


6 Reasons to Celebrate Sochi

By / February 2014

There may be no better place, writes Dave Hayton, for the world’s athletes to converge: “Should not the message of the Olympics be that you don’t have to be a Paris or a Los Angeles to host the games?”


Drink Plenty of Tea and Bathe Once a Week

By / January 2014

Dave Hayton goes on a tea bender in Dagestan: “Teatimes, like the call to prayer, provide a rhythm for the unpredictability of life in these mountains.”


Epiphany on the Russia Express

By / December 2013

Writer Dave Hayton thinks the 40-hour train ride from Makhachkala to Moscow is the world’s best travel experience. “Packed with diverse people all heading in the same direction,” he writes, “the train remains a harbinger of possibility.”

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