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The politics of Russia’s armed forces day

On the symbolism of Defender of the Fatherland Day, a celebration of Russia’s armed forces and de-facto Men’s Day. Русский

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The politics of Russia’s armed forces day

On the symbolism of Defender of the Fatherland Day, a celebration of Russia’s armed forces and de-facto Men’s Day. Русский

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Принять ислам и полюбить

Женщины в России принимают ислам и выходят замуж за мусульман с уверенностью, что общая религия укрепит их семью. Но нередко их надежды не оправдываются: для посторонних мир российских мусульман закрыт.

Мечты о Европе: беженцы и ксенофобия в России и Украине

Европейский миграционный кризис отразился на России и Украине по-разному – но в обоих случаях он укрепляет местные предрассудки, иерархии и взгляды на европейскую идентичность. English

Listening to Russia’s female migrants

How a new multilingual magazine in St Petersburg is giving a voice to female migrants from Central Asia.

The politics of Russia’s armed forces day

On the symbolism of Defender of the Fatherland Day, a celebration of Russia’s armed forces and de-facto Men’s Day. Русский

Love, North Caucasus style

In the North Caucasus, traditional and modern expectations of relationships are more chequered than a patchwork quilt. Here’s how young couples negotiate them. Русский

Beyond Bolotnaya: the future of Russia’s civil society

Russians are increasingly aware that, instead of waiting for the state’s good graces, they need to take some matters into their own hands. Русский

Grab him by the wallet

The anti-Trump movement in the States can learn a lot from the experiences of Soviet dissidents  in today’s legislative and economic reality, new resistance tactics are essential.


In Georgia, labour exploitation still pays

In striving for a “business-friendly environment”, the Georgian government is further eroding labour rights. Workers have taken to the streets in response.

Putinism as Gaullism

There are limits of defining a regime by the name of its leader, but Putinism has the echoes of post-war France, and of its president.

 

Kicking habits, kicking back

In Russia, a punitive Soviet approach to drug users is still in place. But a new generation of activists is ready to challenge it. Русский

Makhachkala: citizen city

In the capital of Dagestan, a group of citizens has come out to defend a park against a new patriotic museum. So far, they’ve been successful. Русский

The crossing

Life continues across the "neutral zone" between Ukraine's separatist territories and government-controlled areas, but only just.  

Socialist love: from utopia to pragmatism

What we know as love can change fast. In Czechoslovakia, the state’s idea of marriage went from an utopian ideal to a functional arrangement in 20 years flat. Русский

Cold war, hot love

The collapse of the Soviet Union ushered in a revolution of the intimate. To open our series on Romantic regimes, we discuss the trajectories of emotional socialism and emotional capitalism in the post-Soviet context. Русский

Is Europe ready for the Belarus crisis?

A new crisis in the east of Europe may be in the making. Europe should assess how it will act — if and when it erupts.

Anniversary of Aldy Massacre passes in fear and silence

On 5 February 2000, Russian soldiers summarily executed dozens of civilians in the Chechen village of Aldy. Survivors of the massacre have no hope of finding justice, with the authorities doing everything in their power to whitewash this and other tragedies. 

Dreams of Europe: refugees and xenophobia in Russia and Ukraine

Europe’s refugee crisis has affected Russia and Ukraine in different ways — solidifying local hatreds, local hierarchies and varying views of European identity. Русский

Ukraine and the cancer of corruption: a conversation with Svitlana Zalishchuk

The rising star of Ukrainian politics tells openDemocracy that deep-rooted corruption is the greatest threat to the nation’s democracy 

Mind the gap between Belarus and Russia

What’s behind the bad blood in today’s Belarusian-Russian relations? Русский

The decorative deputies of the North Caucasus

As a recent scandal in the North Caucasus shows, there are jobs for the boys at all levels of Russia’s power vertical. Русский

Turkmenistan’s electoral denial

trend_luca-anceschi_270415_2_0.jpgOn the eve of another sham election, Turkmenistan’s rulers aren’t taking the need for change seriously. Have they begun to believe their own propaganda?

 

Slapstick and the Soviet avant-garde: an interview with Owen Hatherley

In the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, the Soviet avant-garde looked to Hollywood. We discuss this unlikely story with Owen Hatherley.

Armenia in the trap of “national unity”

In Armenia, calls to remain united in the face of external aggression are shutting down criticism and promoting pro-regime politics, even among the opposition. 

Lydian International response to ‘Armenia: before the goldrush’

Lydian International uses their right to reply to Peter Liakhov's article ‘Armenia: before the goldrush’

Making them pay for Maidan

You can't understand the Kremlin's agenda without examining the situation of political prisoners — and Ukrainian citizens feature heavily in this list. Русский

Armenia: before the goldrush

A British mining company has struck gold in southern Armenia. What’s in it for the locals? Updated 3 February with reply. Русский

Where now for Ukraine’s brave new journalism?

Three years on from the start of Ukraine’s democratic revolution, freedom of speech still isn’t valued by the authorities. And there’s only more ways to shut down debate. Русский

The victims of Russia’s ultra-conservatism are the Russian people themselves

Russia has decriminalised domestic violence: one step towards “traditional values” means two steps back from international human rights standards

 

The new casualties of Russia’s war on terror

The death of a man imprisoned for allegedly encouraging others to fight for Islamic State has cast light on murky killings dismissed as part of the “war on terror.” Русский

Waiting for Misha’s second coming

On Saakashvili’s watch, Georgia’s UNM has finally split. What does that mean for the country’s opposition?

 

Inclusive education exists in Russia, but only in theory

In Russia, inclusive education needs additional support. Children with special educational needs are often lucky to get any education — or any work afterwards. Русский

It could happen anywhere

A sketch of the modern strongman.

With a more enterprising Russia, cards are reshuffled in the Arab world

A new power structure is emerging in the Middle East as Russia uses its intervention in Syria to position itself as an important partner for regional powers as diverse and opposed to each other as Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Israel and Iran.

A letter from an inmate of the Southern Gas Corridor

Ilgar_Mammadov.jpgInternational investment in fossil fuel extraction is making me and other Azerbaijani political prisoners hostages to the Aliyev regime.

 

The whole pravda about Russian propaganda

Are articles about Russian propaganda now more widely read than Russian propaganda itself? A roundtable discussion. Русский

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