The anti-Trump movement in the States can learn a lot from the experiences of Soviet dissidents – in today’s legislative and economic reality, new resistance tactics are essential.
In striving for a “business-friendly environment”, the Georgian government is further eroding labour rights. Workers have taken to the streets in response.
My husband was humiliated, beaten and tortured in Russia's penitentiary system. Here are the stories that I’ve collected from his prison. Русский
Shocking revelations of the conditions faced by a political prisoner should remind us of the dominant principle inside Russia’s prison system — violence in all possible forms. Русский
Following Azerbaijan’s recent moves to release political prisoners, American and European policymakers must not falter in their focus on human rights.
The sentence against Nadiya Savchenko is absurd. Where do we go from here? Русский
The Russian authorities are keeping far too many secrets from citizens. Komanda-29 and its founder Ivan Pavlov are fighting back. Русский
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.
Recent moves against Moscow’s street traders don’t only violate Russia’s Constitution and hurt the economy. They also consolidate the regime’s power. Русский
Defining “political activity” may seem like an academic exercise, but in Russia, it is an existential one.
If you push hard enough you can get justice — even in Uzbekistan.
Mikheil Saakashvili may have left his native Georgia for Odessa, but one particular legacy of his years in power is still strong. Русский
Из-за теорий заговора люди становятся покорными, а правители перестают чего-либо бояться. В Азербайджане всех диссидентов считают агентами скрытого «армянского лобби». English
Conspiracies keep the people pliant and rulers fearless. In Azerbaijan, all dissidents are considered to be agents of a shadowy ‘Armenian lobby’. Русский
The Russian state wants payback for the mass protests of 2012. But the arrest of another political activist in Russia has attracted the attention of neither the west, nor the European left. Русский
The system is dehumanising people, and the recent death of an inmate in a southern Russian penal colony is only further proof. Graphic warning. Русский
The first sentences under a new law limiting freedom of association in Russia are coming into effect. Their target? ‘Malicious picket-holders’. Русский
Three bloggers have been arrested in Samara, Russia on suspected extortion charges. The ripples from the arrest are spreading fast. на русском языке
Despite claims of impartiality, judges in Central Asia often incorporate neoliberal economic and moral values into their judgements on illegal settlements.
In Russia, the number of state treason cases is rising. Secret service tactics mean we know less and less about who is under investigation. Русский
One year since a young man was killed in a police station in this North Caucasus republic, the victim’s family is still trying to find out what happened. Русский
Giorgi Ugulava, political ally of Mikheil Saakashvili and former mayor of Tbilisi, has gone behind bars. Behind the charges of corruption may stand a darker motive – a desire for revenge.
on the sentencing of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and co-defendant Aleksandr Kolchenko.
In another manifestation of the absurd, Russia's latest investigation into the legality of Baltic independence uses the very tactics used by dissident movements against Soviet rule.
Down on the Black Sea, ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakasvhili is making waves as the new governor of Odessa. Is the balance of the Ukrainian state beginning to shift?
Strong-arm tactics and cynical compromises are yet to send Yerevan's protesters home. Is this the beginning of the end for the politics of old in Armenia?
In Moscow City Court, the suspected leader of a far-right terror group with links to the Kremlin stands accused of five murders. I was on their hit list. на русском языке
The oligarchs have joined forces to railroad a new labour code that strips Ukrainian workers of their already modest rights.
Aleksandr Byvshev, a schoolteacher from Russia’s Oryol region, is on trial for writing a poem opposing the annexation of Crimea.
As Ukraine turns into an oligarch republic, civil society has few chances left to make itself the true victor of EuroMaidan.
There are currently 59,000 women in Russian penal establishments. For many of them prison is not so much a punishment, more a way of life. на русском языке
If the EU is serious about helping Ukraine, both parties should focus on the country’s most glaring problem, and the Maidan’s principal demands – justice and the rule of law.
The EU may like to think of Moldova as its ‘star pupil’, but its unconditional support for successive corrupt governments may have lost it the support of the country’s people.
The murder of Boris Nemtsov tells us not that Putin is a strong leader, but rather one who has lost his grip.
A year on from her disappearance from public life, what does the treatment of Gulnara Karimova reveal about Uzbekistan’s rights crisis?
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