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About Natalia Antonova

Natalia Antonova is Associate Editor at oDR. She was born in Kyiv and grew up in North Carolina. She works as a commentator and playwright. 

Articles by Natalia Antonova

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

“I’m not afraid to say” that something’s changing in Ukraine

Last summer, Anastasiya Melnychenko used a single hashtag to start an entire campaign against rape. How is it faring today? RU, Українська

Andrei Zvyagintsev: not your token Russian

In an age of disinformation, sincerity is political. The films of Andrei Zvyagintsev are powerful precisely because of this.

I am dead, yet I live

As Twin Peaks returns to television, it’s time to consider the original show’s cult status in the post-Soviet world — and the strange and sad ways in which its legacy lingers. 

“Shut up, woman. Your day is 8 March”

What should International Women’s Day mean to contemporary Ukraine?

Stop saying “we can do nothing” about Aleppo

We can’t bring back the dead, or repair the lives that have been destroyed. But in convincing others of the value of individual life, we can honour those who have been sacrificed.

Trump wins, what now?

openDemocracy editors from around the world react to the victory of the billionaire businessman.

Quiet American: Sophie Pinkham in Ukraine

Black Square is essential reading for anyone struggling to understand the instability on the edge of Europe — with a dizzyingly colourful cast of characters who never come across like clichés.

Trumputin: What Russia can teach us about the US election

The Republican presidential nominee and the Russian president may have similarly-minded supporters — but the rise of Trump is bad for everyone, even the Kremlin. 


We have lift-off on speaking out on sexual violence

In Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, many reactions to a recent online flashmob against sexual violence have been depressing and misogynistic. But this controversy can also be a path toward change. 

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.

Russia's porn stars aren't just hot, they're also ostracised and exploited

Russia’s porn stars may have a reputation on the net, but they enjoy little in terms of rights and respect offline.



From Panama, via London, with love


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.



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


The killer nanny and the TV blackout

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The recent murder of a child in central Moscow has shocked us all. Why didn't Russian state media respond?


Why we don’t publish articles about Putin


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


We’re right here

Building a society inclusive of autism in Russia involves battling with myths, superstition and the Soviet legacy. But civil society is forging ahead.

Can Russia confront the horrors of its domestic violence epidemic?

With the murder of a pregnant woman and her six children, Russia’s domestic violence epidemic again briefly surfaces into headlines.  Perhaps one day these victims too can have their public monument. 

Victory Day in Kyiv

IMG_0072.jpgUkraine has a new holiday – 8 May, Day of Remembrance – and a new symbol, the poppy. But 9 May remains, as a reminder of the fact that war is ‘never a pretty story.’

8 March: in praise of Russian women

8 march - berna namoglu - shutterstock.jpgRussia’s celebration of International Women’s Day may be commercial and kitsch, but that doesn’t mean Russian women should stop celebrating it.


Why does Russia have so many plane crashes?

_Медведев_на_месте_крушения_Як-42Д- wiki.jpegRussian officials apparently don’t care about their country’s shocking air safety record.



Kremlinphobia, russophobia and other states of paranoia

Antonova 2 crop.jpgThe Russian government likes to regularly accuse the West of being ‘russophobic.’ They’re right, but not for the reasons they think.


Book review: Peter Pomerantsev, ‘Nothing is true and everything is possible’


Peter Pomerantsev’s Nothing Is True and Everything is Possible presents a Russia with no rules and no certainty in tomorrow, a place where you must live in the moment, because the moment is all you have.


Post-election, Ukrainians and Russians face an uncertain future

RIA Pavel Palamarchuk. Vote ru.jpgUkraine’s snap parliamentary elections have once again proved that the mainstream of society rejects the far right – not that the Russian government or media will care.


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