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The trial continues: Askold Kurov on his visit to Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov

An interview with filmmaker Askold Kurov about the role of documentary today, activism and Oleg Sentsov's conditions in Russia's Far North.

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Talented solidarity: why Russia’s oldest human rights journal is important today

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Is Poland's Holocaust law changing US attitudes towards Ukraine’s memory laws?

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