Stalin – a hero for our time
The myth of Russia’s beautiful past has gripped the popular imagination, thanks to state propaganda, the poet...
Tackling corruption in the Russian economy
Russia's President Medvedev has warned that continued dependence on raw materials exports has a negative impact on...
German boost to Ukraine's EU bid
Ukraine’s hopes of joining the EU some day may have been improved by changes in the German cabinet, observes Andreas Umland.
Russia's drugs problem: blame the West
Why is Russia resisting international help with its spiralling drugs problem, asks Susan Richards? While the...
Crisis in Ukraine’s economy
Ukraine has proved exceptionally vulnerable to the economic crisis, says Grigory Gritsenko. Dependent on its...
Astrakhan’s election drama – the bloggers’ view
After the recent Russian local elections were won by the Kremlin-backed ruling party, United Russia, opposition...
St. Petersburg’s ‘gas-scraper’ saga: culture turns political
Gazprom's controversial decision to build a skyscraper in St. Petersburg had the support of Putin and governor...
Can Armenia and Turkey be reconciled?
Could historical enemies Armenia and Turkey be moving towards reconciliation? Despite the potential pitfalls,...