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About Yulia Gorbunova

Yulia Gorbunova is a researcher at Europe and Central Asia division of Human Rights Watch.

Articles by Yulia Gorbunova

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

“100 Crimean Tatar kids who lost their fathers”

More than a dozen men disappeared without a trace during Russia's annexation of Crimea. Their families are still waiting for news — and justice.

We have nothing else to sell but our teeth

Fleeing repression under the Kadyrov regime, many Chechens are seeking asylum in Poland. The reception by the Polish authorities is far from welcoming. 

The red tape tied around Donbass

Daily life in the Donbass region can be described as follows: ‘If there is a Ukrainian flag, there is life. If there isn’t – you are on your own.’


Belarus on my mind, and maybe on Putin’s too

Recent Russian protests against a stolen election were on the whole peaceful and well-policed. At similar protests in Minsk in December 2010, the Belarus police over-reacted, resulting in beatings and imprisonment for many of the demonstrators. Strong Russian support for the Lukashenka regime could indicate that future protests in Russia might be less peaceful, if the authorities start feeling threatened, says Yulia Gorbunova

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