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Tom Rowley is Lead Editor at oDR. He is currently finishing a PhD on Soviet dissent at the University of Cambridge. Follow him on Twitter at @te_rowley. PGP: 10D1 CE78 A0F1 CEBD D21B F959 1091 389E B353 FAF9.

Articles by Thomas Rowley

This week's editor

“Mehmet

Mehmet Kurt is this week’s guest editor, introducing the theme, ‘New Turkey and Old Troubles’.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Fighting back, in the back of beyond

Across Russia, active citizens are fighting for their neighbourhoods, livelihoods and against systemic corruption. The moment when these agendas meet will be an important one.

It could happen anywhere

A sketch of the modern strongman.

Trump wins, what now?

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

Russia’s reluctant elections

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

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.

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.

#FreeSavchenko

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

 

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

 

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.

Why are we so worried about the Russian doping scandal?

Fresh allegations over doping in international athletics have cast plenty of shame and doubt. They also reveal the west's political prejudices and ignorance.

 

Documenting Ukraine

As we end four days devoted to documentary cinema, theatre and debate in London, never have documentary forms had such an important role to play.

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?

 

All dissidents now: Russia's protests and the mirror of history

THE CEELBAS DEBATE // How far does the current clash between the opposition and authorities reflect Russia's history of dissidence?  Tom Rowley considers the importance of the similarities and differences. 

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