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The long echo of Tajikistan’s civil war

This year marks 20 years since the signing of peace accords in Tajikistan. But the price of peace has cost the country its democratic freedoms. Русский

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The long echo of Tajikistan’s civil war

This year marks 20 years since the signing of peace accords in Tajikistan. But the price of peace has cost the country its democratic freedoms. Русский

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The long echo of Tajikistan’s civil war

This year marks 20 years since the signing of peace accords in Tajikistan. But the price of peace has cost the country its democratic freedoms. Русский

Russian protesters face pepper spray and torture in detention

Recent anti-corruption protests in Russia ended in mass arrest. Some of those arrested have faced intimidation and physical violence. RU

A culinary conflict in the South Caucasus

How national cuisines became yet another battlefield in the enmity between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Русский

Andrei Zvyagintsev: not your token Russian

In an age of disinformation, sincerity is political. The films of Andrei Zvyagintsev are powerful precisely because of this.

The rise of Andrei Zvyagintsev

The recent successes of Russian film director Andrei Zvyagintsev is a reminder of how artists are pigeon-holed into national frames — and how Russian culture has become all-too parochial.

Feared for all the wrong reasons? The workings of Russia’s conservative soft power

Western pundits and policymakers often see Russian influence in terms of the hybrid threat. But the lens of soft power explains more in terms of Russia’s attraction for marginal politicians.

Georgia’s Russian cipher

What can the politics of ethnic Russians in Georgia tell us about the country’s attempt to build a truly civic national identity?

Rosatom: climate’s new best friend

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As Russia’s economic crisis continues to hit budgets, the country’s state nuclear corporation is going green to raise funds on the international level. 

 

Russian youths are taking to the streets, but let's not over-hype the revolt of the “Putin generation” just yet

If we're going to understand how young people in Russia are becoming more political, we need to ask the right questions before applying our own labels. 

Pro-Ukrainian blogger disappears in separatist-controlled area of eastern Ukraine

A Ukrainian blogger working inside the so-called Donetsk People's Republic went missing on 2 June. If the separatist authorities know his location, they should speak out. 

Between two Kurdistans: a Russian anthropologist's journey in search of self-government

In an effort to get through to the Syrian Kurdish autonomous region, I met kindred spirits and found out more about the political and cultural landscape of Iraqi Kurdistan. Русский

1,700 people detained at Russia’s anti-corruption protests

This Monday, Russian authorities detained protesters en masse in Moscow and St Petersburg. Now, they're handing down administrative sentences against people exercising their right to freedom of assembly. RU

Alexei Navalny's campaign: effective management or grassroots movement?

Russia’s new wave of protest poses a question for those riding it: what kind of movement are they building?

A visa-free for dirty money: transborder corruption, Russia and the west

The endemic corruption of Russian business, politics and law enforcement is spreading to the west  and becoming a global phenomenon. Русский

Liberal democracy: a hard choice for Ukraine

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Ukrainian society’s faith in simple answers could lead to the erosion of basic freedoms. RU

 


The inequality of women keeps the North Caucasus vulnerable

Corruption, violence and underdevelopment still plague Russia’s North Caucasus. By empowering women, the Russian authorities could build grounds for a more sustainable peace. 

Es gelten die Allgemeinen Geschäftsbedingungen: Visafreiheit für Georgien und die Ukraine

Die Osterweiterung der visafreien EU-Einreiseregelung hat weniger mit den europäischen Werten zu tun als mit dem Versuch, Migrationsflüsse in Schach zu halten. English

Europa z second handu: Ukraińcy w Polsce

Ukraińców pracujących w Polsce jest już ponad milion. Ich liczba ciągle rośnie mimo wzrostu ksenofobicznych nastrojów. English, Русский

One more anti-corruption protester arrested in Moscow

The Russian authorities are trying to chip away at activist circles with further arrests against anti-corruption protesters. Русский

In Armenia, the frontline starts at school

The conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh is no closer to resolution. But in Armenia, a few teachers are encouraging their students to think beyond “ancient hatreds”. Русский

Kazakhstan: a showcase for shrinking civic space

The Nazarbayev regime is using informal and formal methods to squeeze out NGOs, independent media and trade unions. Western governments should pay attention. 

Terms and conditions apply: Georgia and Ukraine’s visa-free victory

The EU’s extension of visa-free regimes eastwards is more about managing migration flows than European values. Deutsch

The revolving door

Signs of a thaw in Russia’s treatment of political prisoners hides the reality of a targeted campaign against active citizens. Русский

The last hawk: Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928-2017)

Today, Brzezinski's views and approach may seem outdated. But in an era of short-term thinking, the late US foreign policy hardliner’s capacity for seeing the big picture will be missed.

Second-hand Europe: Ukrainian immigrants in Poland

There are already over a million Ukrainians working in Poland. Despite a rise in xenophobic attitudes, their number could grow. Русский, Polski

Azerbaijani journalist kidnapped across Georgia-Azerbaijan border

The kidnapping of an Azerbaijani investigative journalist in broad daylight in Tbilisi raises questions about how far the west is willing to tolerate Azerbaijan's authoritarian slide. 

Another Kyrgyz journalist accused of being an “enemy of the people”

Ulugbek Babakulov raised the problem of Kyrgyz nationalism online. And now, he’s being smeared publicly. 

My first death threat: the life and times of a Russian ecological activist

Last month, Yaroslav Nikitenko received his first death threat. The veteran campaigner speaks on environmental activism in Russia today.

Nuclear transboundary consultations are a test for public participation and transparency across Europe

Over the next three years, 30 nuclear reactors across Europe will reach their retirement age. Making the decision-making process over their future open and transparent is crucial.

LGBT lives in Moldova

Four LGBT people from Moldova share their experiences of prejudice and presumptions. Русский

I am dead, yet I live

As Twin Peaks returns to television, it’s time to consider the original show’s cult status in the post-Soviet world — and the strange and sad ways in which its legacy lingers. 

Second prison sentence for Russian anti-corruption protester

The Russian authorities are using special methods to force confessions and guilty verdicts from peaceful protesters. Русский

Is Georgia still safe for Azerbaijani dissidents?

Georgia has long been an oasis for dissidents from neighbouring Azerbaijan. But with Baku investing in its western neighbour at record levels, are they still safe?

What can we learn from Russia’s spring of protest?

Russian citizens are fed up. Truckers keep on protesting, and allegations of corruption at the highest levels are drawing crowds. Recent demonstrations teach us that protest could be the only right we’ve got left. Русский

State, society and the individual in the Russian courtroom

One of Russia’s leading human rights lawyers discusses competing realities inside and outside the courtroom. Русский

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