Orietta Moscatelli


Editor; Head, New Europe Desk at Aska News agency (Italy).

Previous positions: correspondent in Moscow for the Italian daily Il Messaggero (1990–1995); Special correspondent, coordinator, Analysis programme, Euronews – Great Britain, France (1997–2001); Diplomatic correspondent, Apcom News Agency (2001–2005); Head, New Europe desk, TM-News press agency (till recently).

Research interests: Russia and the Caucasus; Russia and Ukraine; foreign affairs.

Selected publications: “Chechnya, the words to understand”.

Recently published an e-book about the crisis in Ukraine (Ukraine, anatomy of an earthquake).

Regularly contributes to a number of publications, including Limes, the main Italian geo-political magazine, and analytic programs.


Italy: Growing Political Uncertainty
The result in political terms is, at the moment, a “non result”. The country has not seen the financial disaster especially feared in Europe in case of a ‘no victory’ and the new government is a
The Refugee Crisis and EU Strategy
The EU has found itself unable to face a biblical immigration emergency, and is divided over what can be done to stop the Mediterranean from becoming a mass grave for desperate people fleeing war and
Relations between Russia and Europe: Expert Outlook from Moscow and Rome
Italy is one of the countries that wants to stay out of the "European choir", that is why the opinions in Europe have divided in the last months.
Ninety Years of Diplomatic Relations Between Rome and Moscow
On February 7th, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta participated in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sochi. On precisely that day, ninety years ago, Italy and the Soviet Union agreed to
Border Dispute in Russia: Chechnya and Ingushetia
Ramzan Kadyrov claims that two districts which are currently part of Ingushetia actually belong to Chechnya, posing a new threat to stability in the Northern Caucasus. It is also an indirect challenge
Putin's Next Move
Things may change in the coming months, and the president-prime minister swap could result in a difficult move to accomplish or, at least, to keep on the scene for a reasonable period. Many people in
First Chechen Campaign As a Reflection of the Russian Authorities’ Frailty in…
The failure of the first Chechen campaign and the outbreak of the second Chechen war are inextricably linked. The first Chechen conflict was sparked by a dangerous set of circumstances that had been