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Dissecting Russia’s winter of protest

Five years ago, thousands took to Russia’s streets to protest electoral fraud in what became a push against Putin’s status quo. Researchers discuss the significance of this moment and the movements it spawned.

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Dissecting Russia’s winter of protest

Five years ago, thousands took to Russia’s streets to protest electoral fraud in what became a push against Putin’s status quo. Researchers discuss the significance of this moment and the movements it spawned.

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Dissecting Russia’s winter of protest, five years on

Five years ago, thousands took to Russia’s streets to protest electoral fraud in what became a push against Putin’s status quo. Researchers discuss the significance of this moment and the movements it spawned.

The battle for Moscow

Public infatuation with urban planning in Moscow has exhausted itself through disappointment. Could city-focused activism become the field of real political struggle in Russia? 

Dance me to the end of history

From one man’s search for his ancestor’s executioners to Holocaust dances  here’s how Russia learns to forget. Русский

 

We’ll be living with this for a long time

In Ekaterinburg, one person in every 50 is HIV positive. A report from the frontline of what some people are calling Russia’s HIV epidemic. Русский

Bulgaria: how not to mistake Russian propaganda for Russian policy

Bulgaria’s recent presidential elections are a case study in the power of disinformation, but not in the way you think.

Raw fear in separatist-controlled Donetsk

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What the victory of Donald Trump can teach us

As America’s president-elect prepares for office, it’s important to understand the nature of the new political reality — and how we should deal with it. Русский

In Russia’s media, censorship is silent

A new survey of 100 Russian journalists reveals their perceptions of professional challenges, objectivity and freedom. Русский

Russia’s role on the world stage: a Soviet foreign policy without the USSR?

Many might be proud of Russia’s resurgence on the world stage, but how will it end? Русский

An Armenian woman’s place is at the protest

Armenia’s female activists are reclaiming space in public life. Can the wives, sisters and muses of protesters ever be seen as protesters themselves? հայերեն  

In the crosshairs of Azerbaijan’s patriotic trolls

Azerbaijan has taken its crackdown against dissent to the internet. Opposition publications and journalists are routinely harassed – by both paid trolls and true believers. Azərbaycanca

“RepressIntern”: Russia's security cooperation with fellow authoritarians

The formal and informal links between Eurasia’s security services pose deadly risks for opposition activists abroad.

The big game: Ulyukaev, Sechin and Russia's neopatrimonial privatisation

15027486_10209769927580892_9076503070551437380_n.jpgThe arrest of a federal minister shows that, in Russia, the government and the country’s largest state company are increasingly turning to force. Русский

 

The Eternally Wonderful Present, or Russia’s need for a new culture

The USSR aimed to create a “multinational Soviet culture”, but in post-Soviet Russia national culture has become the goal — while Soviet nostalgia is beginning to wear thin. Русский

The legacy of the Russian revolution, 100 years on

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The 1917 revolution and its legacy may resist straightforward analysis, but one thing is clear — coups and revolutions still shape people's political horizons.

 

Valentina Cherevatenko: “I am convinced that the war will affect us all”

Russian rights campaigner Valentina Cherevatenko recently received an Anna Politkovskaya award for supporting victims of armed conflicts. But in Russia, she faces criminal charges and even — two years in prison. Русский

Crimea: freedom of speech turns to freedom of silence

Crimea has had no independent media for two and a half years now — a Crimean journalist speaks out about the situation on condition of anonymity. Русский

Inside Russia’s beleaguered vocational education sector

Changes in funding make vocational education Russia’s Cinderella sector.

Clash of victimhoods: the Volhynia Massacre in Polish and Ukrainian memory

As we become increasingly aware of the tragic past, how can we avoid fuelling resentment along national lines in the present?

What is the nature of the “Ukraine crisis”?

New evidence throws light on the origins of the Russian-Ukrainian war. 

The roots of Russia’s atomised mourning

Post-Soviet people have spent two decades mourning a society that never existed. Русский

An open letter to my immigrant father, who voted for Trump

diana_0.jpgYou are Jewish and you are an immigrant and you have an accent and they will never accept you. You will never be one of them.

 

Bootstrapping Ukraine’s tech revolution, one startup at a time

Ukraine’s IT sector is often billed as a key part of the country’s economic future. But what challenges lie ahead for the industry? What can Ukrainian society expect from tech? 

Make Moldova great again

Moldovans are diverse in culture, language and political preference, but united by a lack of faith in their leaders. How does that bode for a second round of presidential elections?

The limits of anti-Americanism in Russia

14963525_10211644362563402_1251069462_o.jpgNo matter who wins the White House race, Russia’s anti-Americanism will eventually exhaust itself.

 

 

The everyday violence in Russia’s prison system has to stop

Shocking revelations of the conditions faced by a political prisoner should remind us of the dominant principle inside Russia’s prison system — violence in all possible forms. Русский

Why do Russian-Americans hate Hillary Clinton?

diana_0.jpgCaught between bickering governments, many Russian-Americans just want mommy and daddy to stop fighting. But the decision to back Trump over Clinton is more than an attempt to appease Putin.

 

This is not a new Cold War

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“10-12 people would beat me all at once, kicking me”

Ildar Dadin, a Russian opposition activist currently in prison, reveals the extent of beating and torture used against him in a letter to his wife. 

Moldova’s election: against all of the above

Moldova’s presidential race isn’t over yet. Neither are the country’s geopolitical divides or its long-standing struggle with oligarchs. Can they ever be?

How should we talk about abortion in Russia?

Abortion is no longer such a lightweight issue as it used to be in Russia. But moves towards banning reflect ultra-conservatives' desire for a witch-hunt, not changing public attitudes. Русский

Better-off siding with Russia or China: there's no dictator's dilemma today

Democracy promotion by the west has been a grubby, hypocritical affair. Is there any hope for doing it properly?

Moldova: new faces, old struggles

It’s been 20 years since Moldova has held direct elections for president. This Sunday, Moldovans go to the polls. Русский

Wołyń: towards memory dialogue between Poland and Ukraine

A new film opens up the horrors of the Second World War, but will it enable reconciliation?

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