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About Maxim Edwards

Maxim Edwards is Commissioning Editor at oDR. He writes on nationalism, migration, minorities and memory, with a focus on post-Soviet countries. His articles have appeared in Al-Jazeera, Al Monitor, EurasiaNet and the Forward among other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @MaximEdwards.

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Letter from the Crimean border

In southern Ukraine, Crimean Tatars from displacements past and present are building a life for themselves.

Meet Tajikistan’s embattled Islamists

Tajikistan is trying to persecute what was once Central Asia’s only legal Islamist party out of existence. But is this really about countering terrorism, or just cracking down on dissent in any form?

Little Russia, big dreams

The “Donetsk People’s Republic” has declared itself part of another union — Malorossiya. Is it a serious project, or just a pointed gesture? 

Behind the Russian mirror

For Russia’s media, social inequality has never been a hot topic. Meet the people behind a new media organisation trying put injustice on Russia’s political agenda. Русский

It could happen anywhere

A sketch of the modern strongman.

“What kind of terrorist am I?”

Even in exile, dissidents from Tajikistan live in fear for their lives. Activist Shabnam Khudoydodova shares her story.

Make Moldova great again

Moldovans are diverse in culture, language and political preference, but united by a lack of faith in their leaders. How does that bode for a second round of presidential elections?

Moldova’s election: against all of the above

Moldova’s presidential race isn’t over yet. Neither are the country’s geopolitical divides or its long-standing struggle with oligarchs. Can they ever be?

Russia’s reluctant elections

The results may be predictable, but Russia’s parliamentary elections hint at the next stage of regime mobilisation.

Ossetians in Georgia, with their backs to the mountains

In the shadow of conflicts past and present, Ossetians and Georgians have found ways to coexist. Twenty-five years after the collapse of the USSR, how do they fit into the post-Soviet story?

In Ukraine, not only heroes deserve justice

A Ukrainian blogger sentenced for his scandalous views on the conflict in the Donbas has just been released. Whatever his shortcomings, Ruslan Kotsaba deserved our solidarity.

Brexit: the view from Eurasia

Whether you’re in Mariupol or Margate, politics has become an organic part of the tabloid press. Our media should change to tackle this.

Victory Day in Tbilisi

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For Georgians, this Soviet commemoration doesn’t just bring up the past — it brings up the present too.

 

“Karabakh rules Armenia”

Shots have been fired over Nagorno-Karabakh, and leaders in Baku and Yerevan demand national unity. But behind the patriotic hysteria is a cry for social justice.

Papeles de Panamá: "una vieja tradición de la piratería inglesa"

Editores de openDemocracyUK, openDemocracyRussia y DemocraciaAbierta comentan las implicaciones de los "Papeles de Panamá". English

From Panama, via London, with love

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The Panama Papers implicate more than just a few select international leaders. They demonstrate how offshore finance and corrupt leaders in the post-Soviet space thrive off each other.

Panama Papers: "an old tradition of English piracy"

openDemocracy editors respond to the astonishing revelations of the Panama Papers. Español

Book review: Oleg Kashin’s “Fardwor, Russia!”

Oleg Kashin’s new novel blends a resurrected Soviet-era sci-fi with some robust political satire, but for what audience?

 


#FreeSavchenko

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The sentence against Nadiya Savchenko is absurd. Where do we go from here? Русский

 

Rethinking “eastern European racism”

Eastern Europeans are accused of a “compassion deficit” towards refugees. Is this really the case, and how can the transition from socialism explain their attitudes?

Why we don’t publish articles about Putin

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Mainstream media in the west and Russia is fixated on the Russian president. Here’s why we’re not. Deutsch

 

Review: Arkady Ostrovsky’s ‘The Invention of Russia’

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This new history tells a compelling, if normative, story of how Russia’s journalists and entrepreneurs threw off their former shackles, only to put them back on again.

 

Russia without whom?

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As the Soviet Union collapsed, a generation had just been born. The online journal Russia without us catalogues their struggle to find a place in today’s Russia. Interview. Русский

Four points from Putin's press conference

Putin's latest press conference saw a tacit admission of Russian forces in Ukraine and a denial that their presence was ever denied. Here are a few other points you may have missed.

Corbyn and Russia: hysteria and hindsight

Talk of Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘ties to Russia’ reveals how the media present us with false choices. There must be a space for criticising both austerity politics and Russian state aggression – and for international solidarity.

Film review: 'Moskvitch, My Love' (dir. Aram Shahbazyan)

As a testament to Soviet nostalgia, the plot of Moskvitch, My Love is peculiar: a father's blind pursuit of a car he can neither afford nor drive, hoping for a son who will never return.

South Ossetia's creeping border

no to collaborators.jpgRenewed tensions along the de-facto border between Georgia and South Ossetia have raised concerns in Tbilisiand laid bare Georgia's political rivalries.


Book review: Hamid Ismailov ‘The Underground’

Cover_Ismailov_TheUnderground.pngIn The Underground, like his mixed-race hero, Hamid Ismailov is looking, above and below ground, for the answer to the question: what is 'Russianness'?

 

Assyrian stories from the Caucasus

Scattered throughout Russia and the South Caucasus, Assyrians are looking for recognition of their suffering.

 

Exhibition review: 'Borderlands' (GRAD, London)

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Bringing together emerging and established artists from Russia and Ukraine, the 'Borderlands' exhibition at GRAD in London explores the fluid boundaries between art, activism, and action – whether in Kyiv or Moscow.

Film review: (Oscar-nominated) 'Tangerines'

Tangerines poster (for standfirst).pngTangerines, an Estonian film about the Abkhaz-Georgian conflict, is up for an Oscar in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. What was it that caught the eye of the Academy?

 

It is not only 'the fallen' who deserve remembrance

The most strident anti-war criticisms came not just from pacifists but from survivors.

Book review: Zakhar Prilepin, 'Sankya'

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A cult novel by one of Russia’s most provocative and original writers has just come out in English translation.

 

 

Spirit of 45: Glasgow after the referendum

The movement which convinced 45% of the Scottish electorate to vote for a whole new order must refocus on the future, not hark back to the referendum.

Letter from Glasgow

Scotland has the chance to make history, and a nation.

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