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No way out for bloggers in Ukraine’s Donbas

In Ukraine’s occupied Donbas region, bloggers — some of the only reliable sources of information left — are feeling the pressure from all sides. RU

 

What is the meaning of journalism in Ukraine today?

13631576_10210200367591722_204667795520323865_n.jpgUkraine’s journalists are often told we need to react in kind to information warfare. But let’s not forget what we can do to de-intensify this conflict.

 

Eastern Ukraine: “We need new ways of organising”

Amid military conflict and industrial collapse in eastern Ukraine, activists are feeling their way towards new models of worker organisation. 

Growing up apolitical in Ukraine’s war zone

War, propaganda and misunderstanding — teenagers in Ukraine’s frontline towns are growing up under incredible stress. Українська

Donbas: “We’re used to the shelling”

The situation in Ukraine's Donbas is tense as ever. While politicians play at diplomacy, civilians spend their lives under artillery bombardment, walking along blown-up roads and burying family members killed by tripwires. RU

An ideal conflict on the Dniester

Twenty five years after the end of the war, a resolution to the frozen conflict over Transnistria seems no closer. This situation suits plenty of people at the top just fine. RU

The long echo of Tajikistan’s civil war

This year marks 20 years since the signing of peace accords in Tajikistan. But the price of peace has cost the country its democratic freedoms. Русский

In Armenia, the frontline starts at school

The conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh is no closer to resolution. But in Armenia, a few teachers are encouraging their students to think beyond “ancient hatreds”. Русский

The politics of Russia’s armed forces day

On the symbolism of Defender of the Fatherland Day, a celebration of Russia’s armed forces and de-facto Men’s Day. Русский

The murder in Ankara is vultures coming home to roost

Russia’s “wins” have largely been destructive and destabilising. The assassination of its ambassador to Turkey shows consequences are never far behind.

Raw fear in separatist-controlled Donetsk

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On 25 years of postmodernity in the South Caucasus

A quarter century since the collapse of Soviet rule in Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, where is the region now and what can come next? Русский

Book review: Veiled and unveiled in Chechnya and Dagestan

This new book aims to “unveil” society in Chechnya and Dagestan — instead, it’s a perfect guide of how not to write about the North Caucasus.

Ossetians in Georgia, with their backs to the mountains

In the shadow of conflicts past and present, Ossetians and Georgians have found ways to coexist. Twenty-five years after the collapse of the USSR, how do they fit into the post-Soviet story?

Armenia’s crisis and the legacy of victory

More than 20 years after it ended, Armenia is still experiencing the burden of victory in the war over Nagorno Karabakh. 

Coup talk in Ukraine

The war in the east, the rise of paramilitaries and polarised public opinion are feeding fears of a violent seizure of power in Kyiv. Could Ukraine follow in Turkey’s footsteps? 

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.

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

 

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