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What place for women in Ukraine’s memory politics?

Conflict may have forced Ukraine to re-evaluate its past, but public officials do their country a disservice by excluding and particularising the role of women. Українською

Burning doors: a new touring play documents repressions of Russian artists

This new play charts the fate of artists in contemporary Russia. It’s a brave endeavour, and it’s boldly staged — but could it be bolder still?

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.


Azerbaijan’s post-Soviet memory politics are great at uniting society. Too bad it’s against external enemies. Русский

A columnist’s work is never done


For decades, columnists helped form new communities through their journalism. But now, they're dying out. Русский


Victory Day in Tbilisi


For Georgians, this Soviet commemoration doesn’t just bring up the past — it brings up the present too.


Russia's porn stars aren't just hot, they're also ostracised and exploited

Russia’s porn stars may have a reputation on the net, but they enjoy little in terms of rights and respect offline.


When is an anniversary not an anniversary?

Russia is gearing up for the centennial of its October Revolution, and Ireland has just commemorated the centenary of its Easter Rising. Would their leaders recognise their countries today? Русский

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.


Russian culture through Lviv’s looking glass

They may not love Putin in Lviv, but the people of this western Ukrainian city have nothing against Russian culture. Русский, Українською

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 


Book review: Oleg Kashin’s “Fardwor, Russia!”

Oleg Kashin’s new novel blends a resurrected Soviet-era sci-fi with some robust political satire, but for what audience?


Crimea’s Ukrainian underground

Two years after Crimea became part of the Russian Federation, most traces of Ukrainian culture have effectively disappeared from the peninsula. Русский 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?


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


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


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



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


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


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


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



How “Operation Liza” failed

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The failure of a recent Russian propaganda campaign in Germany tells us that Kremlin strategists know nothing about the country, nor its sizeable Russian-speaking population. Русский

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


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


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.

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


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


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


Украина и постколониальное состояние


Что спор о постколониальном статусе Украины говорит нам о будущем ее внутренней и внешней политики? 
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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? Русский


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


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

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