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.
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
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. РусскийУкраїнською
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.
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.
This August, we begin a special series devoted to the 25th anniversary of August 1991. Join us to discuss the fate of reforms, progress and the pluralist world we envisaged — and lost. Get in touch to discuss your ideas.