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About Dmitry Okrest

Dmitry Okrest is a correspondent for RBC. He is author of two books, It Collapsed: Everyday History of the Soviet Union and Russia, 1985-1999 and Life without the State: The Revolution in Kurdistan.

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Fighting impunity in Moldova and Transnistria

Moldova's human rights defenders are upping their game. But there's more that unites Transnistria, an unrecognised state on the country's eastern border, and Moldova than meets the eye. RU

Pyotr Ryabov: “Prison is the ideal model for the state”

Russian anarchist writer Pyotr Ryabov was recently imprisoned and deported from Belarus. I asked him about freedom of assembly, the power of the hunger strike and why history lectures are a threat to authoritarian rule. RU

Andrei Sabinin: “You have to immerse yourself in the lives of strangers”

Andrei Sabinin, a veteran human rights lawyer, explains how the Russian state reacts to civic activism — and why defending human rights is impossible without publicity. RU

Neither here, nor there: Georgian refugees from Abkhazia

Twenty five years have passed since the war in Abkhazia, but ethnic Georgian refugees from the breakaway territory remain in limbo. RU

“Brothers, be careful. Don’t meet up in Grozny”

After fleeing Chechnya, four gay men spoke to me about bribery, secret meetings and their plans to return home when the region’s brutal anti-LGBT campaign comes to an end. Русский

On prison and liberty: an interview with Pyotr Pavlensky


Russia’s leading performance artist on prison and liberty. Русский



Can Georgia ditch its surveillance culture?

Mikheil Saakashvili may have left his native Georgia for Odessa, but one particular legacy of his years in power is still strong. Русский

Who are your comrades now?

The Russian state wants payback for the mass protests of 2012. But the arrest of another political activist in Russia has attracted the attention of neither the west, nor the European left. Русский

Stalin's back


With new monuments and museums afoot, Russians are warming again to Stalin's legacy. But is there any communist content to post-communist nostalgia? Русский

Confession of a Russian internet provider


A firsthand account of how the internet is monitored, regulated and blocked in the Russian Federation.


What do Georgians have against trade unions?

Faced with unemployment, people in Georgia are more likely to turn to support systems of family and friends than formal collective action. Русский

Ukrainian refugees in Russia receive a mixed welcome

Many people took refuge in Russia after fleeing eastern Ukraine last summer. Their experiences are far from uniform. Русский

Unpaid wages halt progress at Russia’s flagship space project


The Russian government is throwing money at its new cosmodrome in the Far East. Its workers, however, have seen very little of it. Русский


The uncertain future of the Crimean Tatars

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As reports of kidnapping, intimidation and criminal investigations into Crimean Tatars continue to emerge from the peninsula, the future of this Turkic minority looks uncertain. Русский


Russian nationalism can be deadly

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As the trial of an extreme Russian nationalist organisation continues in Moscow this month, the parents of one of their victims try to come to terms with what has happened. Русский

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