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How the mother of a son with autism opened Karelia’s only studio for children with “special needs”

You can’t always find a place for your child in Russia’s education system. Sometimes, you need to make one yourself. RU

One Chechen man’s quest for a real education

On this day in 1944, thousands of people in Russia’s North Caucasus were deported to Central Asia. They had few rights in exile — and had to fight every step of the way. RU

Academic freedom in Tajikistan: western researchers need to look at themselves, too

The way people in the west research Central Asia isn’t always the most honest – and this shapes our understanding of academic autonomy.

Academic freedom in Tajikistan: why boycotts and blacklists are the wrong response

A recent call to disengage with educational institutions in this Central Asian state misses crucial points about academia under authoritarian rule.

Academic freedom in Tajikistan endangered: what is to be done?

In Tajikistan, academic freedom is severly under threat. But how should the international academic community respond? 

The rise of Russia’s vice squad

Developments in Russia’s intellectual community confirm that the worst Soviet practices and institutions are being restored. They have no place in Russia today – yet they’ve already become entrenched in it. RU

Tough lessons in Transnistria

Poorly-funded state education is common enough in post-Soviet countries. But how do schoolchildren fare in a state that has gone unrecognised for 27 years? RU

Beyond the scandal: what is Ukraine’s new education law really about?

After three years of discussion, Ukraine has adopted a new framework law on education. It’s only caused more debate. RU

Moscow leaves Tatarstan speechless

The recent demotion of the status of the Tatar language is one of a growing number of moves made by Moscow against the wealthy and autonomously-minded republic of Tatarstan. RU, Татарча

Who’s left to fight for Russian academia?

While Russia’s authorities are obsessed with the imaginary threat of “foreign agents”, a real danger is growing from within — there’s nobody left to halt the collapse of the country’s education system. RU

Manifesto of students and graduates of the European University at St Petersburg

We declare that our university is being persecuted on political grounds. Help us fight back.

Closure of the European University at St Petersburg: a dead cert?

The attack on this institution is another example of how Russia has chosen to ignore the international community — and how Putin’s political order is changing. RU, Deutsch

 

Raiding in Russia’s education system is causing the death of professional education

There is a full-blown struggle for the future of Russian higher education going on. Right now, the professionals are losing. RU

Not in my classroom: Russia’s refugee children struggle to get to school

Headteachers in Russia’s schools are turning foreign children away — fearing hefty fines and pressure from the migration services. RU

Underground Belarusian

If you want your kids to grow up speaking Belarusian, you’ll need to fight for it. RU

For Russia’s students, the price of protest can be high

Students have featured prominently in Russia’s latest wave of anti-corruption protest, and now they're facing repression as a result. 

Do you speak Mingrelian?

A major language in western Georgia could struggle for survival  because it’s not considered one.

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

"I don't falsify elections and I don't spread propaganda. But I'm still a teacher, I exist"

As Russian law enforcement turns its steely eye to the country's classrooms, three schoolteachers share their experiences of politics and propaganda. Русский

Education in Belarus: between the Bologna process and the USSR

Over the last few decades, Belarus’s higher education system has pursued modernisation. At its heart, however, it remains Soviet, with strong centralising tendencies and a significant ideological component. Русский

“Young people in Russia today don’t have it easy”

After young people and students took to the streets, education is firmly on the agenda in Russia. An interview with Mikhail Sokolov on the threats to academic freedom and whether one of Russia's leading universities will survive. Русский

The European University at St Petersburg: no license to learn?

The European University at St Petersburg has had its education license revoked. What’s next for one of Russia’s top higher education institutions? Русский

In Russia, propaganda starts in preschool

Militaristic ideas and gender stereotypes can dominate one’s early life in Russia — as public holidays in honour of the country’s military and women show. Русский

Ukraine’s displaced universities

Almost three years of war in eastern Ukraine have left their mark on the region’s education services. Without a resolution to the conflict in sight, the uncertainty means that many students in occupied territories can’t plan their futures. RU

Inclusive education exists in Russia, but only in theory

In Russia, inclusive education needs additional support. Children with special educational needs are often lucky to get any education — or any work afterwards. Русский

European University at St Petersburg: a survival guide

One of Russia’s foremost research and education institutions is under threat of closure. The solidarity of its staff and students gives hope for the future.

Inside Russia’s beleaguered vocational education sector

Changes in funding make vocational education Russia’s Cinderella sector. Русский

Cuts, cuts, cuts: the life and times of Russia’s university teachers

Russia’s higher education sector is at a crossroads. A few universities are trying to raise their game for international ranking, but most barely survive staff and funding cuts. Русский

Finding a place for Zhenya

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Natalya’s youngest son Zhenya will soon be six. He is a child with a difference, and Natalya needs to make a choice about where to send him to school. на русском языке

 

Samara’s governor takes aim at higher education

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Down in Samara on the Volga river, the city’s higher education institutions are facing cuts and closure. And many people are far from happy.

Educating Russians abroad

 - wiki.jpgIn 2014, the Russian government launched the ‘Global Education’ programme of postgraduate education abroad. But the reaction in Russia has been obstructive and hostile. На русском языке

Teaching orthodoxy in Russian schools

Icon CC Denis Dmitrievich Leontyev crop_0.jpgOrthodox ideology is being rushed into the Russian school curriculum – in the interests of nationalism.

 

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