Karena Avedissian's research focuses on social movements, new media/communications, civil society and governance in the former Soviet Union, with an area focus on Russia and the Caucasus. Find her on Twitter: @KarenaAv. She writes here in a personal capacity.
A real revolution? Protest leader Armen Grigoryan on what’s happening in Armenia
Armenia’s protest movement is going from strength to strength. I spoke to one of its leaders to find out how they...
Book review: Veiled and unveiled in Chechnya and Dagestan
This new book aims to “unveil” society in Chechnya and Dagestan — instead, it’s a perfect guide of how not to write...
Ramzan Kadyrov, John Oliver and the power of ridicule
As we hunt for the Chechen leader’s cat online, are we falling into the dictator’s trap?
Like me, I'm an autocrat
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov might be the Russian Federation’s second most powerful figure. With such friends in...
Film review: ‘Grozny Blues’ (dir. Nicola Bellucci)
Grozny Blues is a haunting, often dreamlike documentary about Chechen people caught between the contradictory...
The power of Electric Yerevan
Strong-arm tactics and cynical compromises are yet to send Yerevan's protesters home. Is this the beginning of the...