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Putin’s politics of uncertainty: how the Kremlin raised the stakes

The Kremlin has achieved much in 2015. What has happened so far, and what happens next? на русском языке


Gubden, Dagestan: where ‘radicals’ police themselves


This village used to house one of the North Caucasus’ most dangerous Islamist paramilitary units. With the Russian state nowhere to be seen, Gubden has started policing—and developing—itself. на русском языке

All eyes on Moldova

When it comes to internal corruption, European integration or the standoff with Russia, Moldova is in the media spotlight. Yet many Moldovans feel that there's a whole society being left in the shadows.

Refugees or repatriates? Syrian Armenians return to Armenia


Armenians have lived in Syria for centuries. Following the outbreak of war, many have been seeking refuge in Armenia. на русском языке

Lessons not learned in Kabardino-Balkaria


Ten years after militants attacked the town of Nalchik in the North Caucasus, the cycle of violence continues.


Ukraine and the postcolonial condition


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


The war in Donetsk - end of a post-Soviet taboo?

The devastation of eastern Ukraine has woken Russians up to the reality of war for the first time since 1945. на русском языке

Война сняла постсоветские табу

Не стоит ждать волны преступлений в России по итогам донецкой войны. Но эта война сняла существовавшие на протяжении десятилетий табу. in English

Харьков: приграничный город в пограничном состоянии?

В нескольких часах езды от линии фронта в Харькове, жизнь идет так же как и в мирное время. Но расследования и поиски пророссийских диверсионных групп дают понять, что город живет в напряжении. in English

Kharkiv: frontline city on the brink

A few hours from the frontline, life continues as usual in the city of Kharkiv. A series of investigations into Russia-backed diversion groups reveal a city under strain. на русском языке

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

Солидарность с условиями для Украины

Может ли сотрудничество между гражданским обществом и финансовыми организациями улучшить власть в Украине? in English


Would the real Maria Gaidar please stand up


Maria Gaidar, Russian opposition politician and daughter of a former prime minister, has found a new job – in Ukraine. What’s it all about?

Как украинцы живут в России в условиях конфликта

Как украинцам живется в стране, в которой постоянно ищут бандеровцев и сторонников Майдана? in English


Ukrainian refugees in Russia receive a mixed welcome

Many people took refuge in Russia after fleeing eastern Ukraine last summer. Their experiences are far from uniform. на русском языке


South Ossetia's creeping border

no to collaborators.jpgRenewed tensions along the de-facto border between Georgia and South Ossetia have raised concerns in Tbilisiand laid bare Georgia's political rivalries.

Mukacheve puts Ukraine to the test

RIAN_02657849.LR_.ru_.jpgAfter a deadly fight between a volunteer battalion and local police over smuggling in the country's western borderlands, Ukraine finds itself at another critical juncture.

(Un)solving Ukraine’s conflict

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What is exactly stopping a solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine?


Из Сирии домой - на российский Кавказ

В арабской стране потомки черкесов, вытесненных из царской России после завоевания Кавказа, всегда чувствовали себя гостями. Но историческая родина сирийских беженцев принимает неохотно. in English

The Circassians come home

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Long exiled from their homeland, Circassians are now seeking refuge in the Caucasus following conflict in their adopted home, Syria. Adjusting to life in Russia has not been easy. на русском языке

In Osh, the flames have died down, but not the discontent

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In 2010, the Osh region in southern Kyrgyzstan was riven by ethnic violence in the aftermath of revolution. And still nobody wants to talk about it.


North Ossetia is rethinking its role as Russia's ‘outpost’ in the Caucasus

From ‘outpost’ to ‘outpostism’ and then to ‘outposter’, North Ossetians are feeling increasingly alienated from the Russian centre.

Is this the end of the Caucasus Emirate?

After several North Caucasus commanders transferred their allegiance to Islamic State, an ISIS spokesman announced the creation of a 'Caucasus Province'. Is this the end of the Caucasus Emirate?

Remembering Budyonnovsk

I was in Budyonnovsk on 14 June 1995, when Chechen separatists raided the town and took hostages, killing 129. Twenty years later, this town in southern Russia is still known as the 'town of black shawls'. 

The uses and abuses of history


History is nowadays not only written by the victors, but by anybody who wants to use history for their own ends.


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.


Transnistria: West Berlin of the post-Soviet world

How to play hardball: Ukraine's parliament has revoked the agreement between Russia and Ukraine on the movement of Russian troops through Ukrainian territory to Transnistria.

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.

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'?


Victory Day in Kyiv

IMG_0072.jpgUkraine has a new holiday – 8 May, Day of Remembrance – and a new symbol, the poppy. But 9 May remains, as a reminder of the fact that war is ‘never a pretty story.’

Book review: Rajan Menon and Eugene B. Rumer, ‘Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post–Cold War Order’

Cover_Menon&Rumer Conflict in Ukraine_0.pngTruth may well be the first victim of war, and fair-minded and dispassionate accounts of events in Ukraine are rare.



Media serfdom in Ukraine

7395877.jpgMaidan was meant to set Ukrainian media free, but the press remains dependent on the oligarchs.


Russia's short-termism in the Middle East

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Is the Ukraine conflict shifting Russia's Middle Eastern policy from real strategy to scoring cheap points?


The Russia-Greek alliance has a big local problem


As separatist forces creep closer to Mariupol, and Greece considers a further alliance with Russia, one group could put this new friendship on hold – Ukraine's Greek community.

Times of war in Russian arts and culture

Garagecrop.jpgIn times of war, what can Russian arts and culture do to withstand interventions by the Russian state? An exhibition at Garage in Moscow could provide an answer.

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