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In Ukraine, not only heroes deserve justice

A Ukrainian blogger sentenced for his scandalous views on the conflict in the Donbas has just been released. Whatever his shortcomings, Ruslan Kotsaba deserved our solidarity.

The “Moscow Consensus”: Constructing autocracy in post-Soviet Eurasia

Across the former Soviet Union, a new type of authoritarianism has become the default — with commerce, parliaments, military, media and civil society used to consolidate elite economic and political power. 

Civil society and countering violent extremism in Georgia

PA-23062475-1.jpgGeorgia’s State Agency for Religious Issues is accusing NGOs of fomenting radicalisation and terrorism in the country. Others, however, consider civil society vital in any attempt to prevent it.

Georgia: the exiles’ election

Twenty five years after the separatist wars that shook Georgia, 265,000 displaced people still struggle to make ends meet — and their voices heard. 

Russia’s regions: federalism and its discontents

Creating the appearance of stability is the Russian political elite’s primary goal. Yet colonial-like rule over the country’s regions, combined with a lack of civic activity, harms the Kremlin’s legitimacy on the ground. Русский

“Karabakh rules Armenia”

Shots have been fired over Nagorno-Karabakh, and leaders in Baku and Yerevan demand national unity. But behind the patriotic hysteria is a cry for social justice.

Karabakh: the view from Georgia

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Renewed hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh have put Georgia’s Armenian and Azeri communities in a delicate situation. But despite tensions, they are finding new ways to coexist during conflict.

Book review: Neil Kent’s “Crimea: a history”

A new history of Crimea argues for the peninsula’s central importance to Europe — via Russia. The result is misleading.

 

Checking your sources in Nagorno-Karabakh

When war in Nagorno-Karabakh flares up again, researchers, reporters, and journalists need to be careful not to feed either side’s propaganda machine. But this is easier said than done.

Русская культура во львовском зазеркалье

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Путина во Львове очень не любят, но к русской культуре претензий не имеют – скорее к самим себе. English, Українською 

 

Dancing to Moscow’s tune

If we’re going to understand Russian perceptions of Ukraine, we need to examine its cultural imagination. Русский

 

A sinless Russian spring

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

 

Fighting for recognition: Soviet-Afghan War veterans in Tajikistan

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In Tajikistan, veterans of the Soviet-Afghan War are fighting for recognition, but their government holds them at arm’s length.

 

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

Terrorism and Russia’s power vertical

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Russia has been conducting a war on terror for 15 years. No wonder counter-terror is a part of the country’s system of governance. Русский

The “heroes of Novorossiya”: where are they now?

Two years ago, a separatist movement in southeast Ukraine brought war and tragedy to the whole country. Though the crisis continues, the movement’s first leaders have gone their separate ways. Русский

The rise of Azov

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War in the east, political and economic crisis in Kyiv — these are ideal conditions for Ukraine’s far right to capitalise on their frontline successes. Русский 

 

An unlikely home

Abkhazia may not be the first port of call for Syrian refugees, but historical ties link this unrecognised state on the Black Sea coast to the epicentre of conflict. Русский

Between dialogue and violence: the North Caucasus's bloody legacy

After Paris, we need to act against radicalisation. Russia's legacy in the North Caucasus tells us how not to. Русский

 

Book Review: Brian Glyn Williams ‘The Crimean Tatars: From Soviet Genocide to Putin’s Conquest’

The Crimean Tatar population following Russian annexation is under renewed pressure. As a new history of the community shows, their troubles have many historical precedents—rooted in Russia's first annexation of the peninsula.

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

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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. Русский

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

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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

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

 

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

 

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. 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

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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

 

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