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A sinless Russian spring

Russia has been celebrating the second anniversary of its annexation of Crimea. Is there any guilt behind the gloating?

 

Cultural cooperation in a time of war: the view from Kyiv

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How the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has changed the face of cultural exchange. Русский, Українською

 

Beyond the frontline: introducing a new series for oDR

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Mainstream media focuses on the military and political conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Yet Russians and Ukrainians keep their ties. To ignore these connections is to trust our future to the politicians. Русский Українською

#FreeSavchenko

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The sentence against Nadiya Savchenko is absurd. Where do we go from here? Русский

 

Meet Anatol Matasaru, Moldova’s one-man Pussy Riot

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Fed up with Moldova’s corruption and inertia, this protest artist is searching for new limits in political art. He now faces prison time for his work.

The ordinary, yet exceptional people of Russia’s provinces

A significant part of Russia remains unknown to many of its citizens — mainstream media have no interest in the provinces. This photoblog captures a provincial life otherwise left behind. Русский

On prison and liberty: an interview with Pyotr Pavlensky

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Russia’s leading performance artist on prison and liberty. Русский

 

 

Review: Arkady Ostrovsky’s ‘The Invention of Russia’

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This new history tells a compelling, if normative, story of how Russia’s journalists and entrepreneurs threw off their former shackles, only to put them back on again.

 

A home to three religions

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There’s a religious revival going on in Russia’s provinces. We travel to the town of Malmyzh, on the border of Kirov and Tatarstan, where Islam is experiencing a renaissance. RU

Book Review: Sasha Sokolov’s ‘A School for Fools’

A Soviet underground classic is back in print. In a school for fools, fighting conformity requires confronting the Soviet system—and our inner demons.

 

 

Living in Islam: Russian Muslims tell their stories

Ten Moscow Muslims speak of faith, joy and attitudes towards Islam in Russia today.

 

Ummah: Islam in the post-Soviet world

oDR introduces a new series devoted to reporting and comment on Islamic life in the post-Soviet space. Русский

Svetlana Alexievich: the pain and dignity of life in the Soviet experiment

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The work of Belarusian Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich creates a space for voices unheard and ignored. We should be wary of claims to own it. на русском языке

 

Anarchism in Makhno’s homeland: adventures of the red-and-black flag

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Anarchism may be a popular political brand in Ukraine today, but it’s not anarchism as we know it. Русский

 

Украина и постколониальное состояние

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Что спор о постколониальном статусе Украины говорит нам о будущем ее внутренней и внешней политики? 
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Ukraine and the postcolonial condition

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What does the debate over Ukraine’s postcolonial status reveal about the future of the country’s domestic and international politics? Русский

 

Book Review: Andrei Soldatov & Irina Borogan's 'The Red Web'

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The Russian state has redoubled its efforts to bring the internet to heel. The consequences for defiance are unpredictable – just as intended.

 

 

What Maksim did on his holidays

Diary of a boy who spent a week at a children’s military-patriotic camp in Russia.

 

О чем не говорят «социальные гей-эксперименты»

Клипы, показывающие дискриминацию против гей-пар в Москве и Киеве, стали популярными везде. Но они не дают полную картину. in English

Why ‘gay social experiments’ in eastern Europe are missing the point

In the west, recent videos of discrimination against gay couples in Moscow and Kyiv have gone viral. But they don’t tell the full story. 

Religious persecution in eastern Ukraine

Following the outbreak of conflict in eastern Ukraine last year, inter-confessional strife has been ramping up inside the breakaway territories. на русском языке

Film review: ‘Grozny Blues’ (dir. Nicola Bellucci)

Grozny Blues is a haunting, often dreamlike documentary about Chechen people caught between the contradictory pressures of manufactured realities and coerced silences.

Film review: 'Moskvitch, My Love' (dir. Aram Shahbazyan)

As a testament to Soviet nostalgia, the plot of Moskvitch, My Love is peculiar: a father's blind pursuit of a car he can neither afford nor drive, hoping for a son who will never return.

Российские «девчонки на роликах» меняют гендерную политику

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Может ли маргинальный вид спорта дать отпор все более консервативной гендерной политике российского государства? in English 

Russia's 'derby grrls' are upending gender politics

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As the Russian state continues its conservative turn, could this fringe sport push back against the country’s gender politics? на русском языке

 

Book review: Alisa Ganieva, 'The Mountain and the Wall'

The Mountain and the Wall is the first Dagestani novel to be published in English. Ganieva is very courageous to write about what is happening in her native country, thinly veiled in the traditional Russian literary use of fiction.

 

Book review: Mikhail Shishkin, 'Calligraphy Lesson'

‘Only art is capable of creating moments where our “unreal”, mortal time intersects with its “real” counterpart,’ says Shishkin.

 

Samizdat in Samara

RIAN_00093275.LR_.ru_.jpgValery Pavlukevich, who recently passed away, was a regular contributor to oDR. In his last appearance on these pages, he tells Michael Lawrence about the samizdat scene in his home city of Kuibyshev, now Samara.

A dissident’s tale

One of the grey cardinals of modern Russian politics, Gleb Pavlovsky talks dissent, history and politics in the late-Soviet era.

 

Georgian fiction – in translation at last

Georgia_Mural (MEdwards).pngAt last, we can read what we have been missing – a literature as unpredictable as Georgian politics.

 

Documenting Ukraine

As we end four days devoted to documentary cinema, theatre and debate in London, never have documentary forms had such an important role to play.

Can feminist art free women from patriarchy in Eastern Europe?

Pic 2.jpgAs post-Soviet states continue their 'conservative turn', feminist artists stand up to address gender injustice in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

 

Book review: Mikhail Elizarov, ‘The Librarian’

Cover_Elizarov_Librarian.pngMikhail Elizarov has written a highly imaginative satire on the dichotomy in the post-Soviet Russian psyche, populated by the detritus of modern Russia.

 

Belarus has an identity crisis

RIAN_00005553.LR_.ru_.jpgAfter two decades of russification, the Belarusian government is rethinking its identity politics.

 

Book review: Hamid Ismailov ‘The Underground’

Cover_Ismailov_TheUnderground.pngIn The Underground, like his mixed-race hero, Hamid Ismailov is looking, above and below ground, for the answer to the question: what is 'Russianness'?

 

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