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Russia’s latest protests are no child’s play

They’ve been dismissed as a “teenage rebellion”, but the protests that shook Russia this week reveal how the country’s youth is slipping through the state’s fingers. Русский

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Russia’s latest protests are no child’s play

They’ve been dismissed as a “teenage rebellion”, but the protests that shook Russia this week reveal how the country’s youth is slipping through the state’s fingers. Русский

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Russia’s latest protests are no child’s play

They’ve been dismissed as a “teenage rebellion”, but the protests that shook Russia recently reveal how the country’s youth is slipping through the state’s fingers. Русский

Running for Tsar: Armenia’s Gagik Tsarukyan

One of Armenia’s most colourful public figures has returned to politics in time for parliamentary elections. What does the oligarch Gagik Tsarukyan stand for – apart from himself?

River defenders gather forces in Georgia

This week, activists from across the world are meeting in Tbilisi to share their experiences of resisting hydropower projects and the money that supports them. 

The European University at St Petersburg: no license to learn?

The European University at St Petersburg has had its education license revoked. What’s next for one of Russia’s top higher education institutions? Русский

We are not parasites: understanding Belarus’s protests

Thousands have taken to the streets across Belarus to protest a law penalising the unemployed. But there’s every chance that the Lukashenka government is playing the long game.

За российским зеркалом

Вглядываясь в российскую социальную действительность, создатели "Зеркала" видят в первую очередь растущее неравенство, но не теряют надежды.

Meet the women at the centre of Ukraine’s resurgent HIV epidemic

Living with HIV in Ukraine is fraught with stigma and discrimination. It’s even harder if you’re a woman.

Behind Azerbaijan’s facades

In Azerbaijan, power is strictly a family business. Русский

Death by Crimea

As long as Russia holds on to the Ukrainian peninsula, it will not and cannot change for the better. Русский

 

The Kremlin’s so-called “partners”

For the Kremlin’s friends in the west, the reality of Russia’s actions is finally sinking in.

Hatching discontent in Ukraine

In Ukraine, big agriculture uses unscrupulous methods to manufacture consensus for expansion and marginalise local communities — often with the support of international donors.

Bolotnaya: that spark in their eyes

For many people, the Moscow protests of 2012 were about falling in love – with the promise of freedom, and with each other. But how do you go on living when instead of the government, the barricades fall, and your hopes along with them? Русский

Who will make Russia “great again”?

Russia’s legal-rational establishment has yet to emerge. But the rise of Alexei Navalny demonstrates that when it does, it will inevitably be nationalist.

 

Is election observing in Central Asia a lost cause?

Until Central Asia’s autocracies take their numerous commitments to democracy seriously, election observers can’t do their jobs. What can be done? Русский

 

Rostov’s Red Army Faction

Combating terrorism is one of the main responsibilities of a modern state, but in non-democratic states it can take strange forms. Русский

Russia’s “managed thaw”

This week, two political prosecutions in Russia were quashed — to much applause. But it’s too early to talk about positive trends — the authorities are merely changing their tactics.


“Shut up, woman. Your day is 8 March”

What should International Women’s Day mean to contemporary Ukraine?

Հայաստանը «ազգային միասնության» թակարդում

Հայաստանում՝ արտաքին ագրեսիայի պայմաններում հնչող միասնության կոչերը լռեցնում են քննադատությունը և առաջ տանում գործող ռեժիմին սատարող քաղաքականություններ նույնիսկ ընդդիմության շրջանում: English

We have nothing else to sell but our teeth

Fleeing repression under the Kadyrov regime, many Chechens are seeking asylum in Poland. The reception by the Polish authorities is far from welcoming. 

In Russia, propaganda starts in preschool

Militaristic ideas and gender stereotypes can dominate one’s early life in Russia — as public holidays in honour of the country’s military and women show. Русский

Goodbye, Radio Vesti

kalnysh_0.jpgUkraine’s media is caught in a political crossfire. In this situation, everyone loses — journalists, citizens and the country itself. Русский

 

In Kyrgyzstan, it’s revolution, revanche, repeat all over again

Kyrgyzstan’s presidential campaign has started off with the arrest of a main contender for the post. Omurbek Tekebayev’s fate shows the country remains far from democratic. Русский

What the Russian theatre critics won’t tell you

This new Moscow online journal is devoted to theatre. But it’s more like an activist project than a traditional arts magazine. Русский

Convert and love: Russia’s Muslim wives

Russian women marrying Muslim men convert to Islam in the certainty that a shared religion will strengthen their family. Nevertheless, cultural differences often win out — and Russian Muslims’ world remains closed to converts. Русский

Crimea: peninsula of torture

Three years on from Crimea’s annexation by Russia, brutal torture is being used to scare the peninsula into silence and submission.

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

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