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In Russia, 26 March continues

Two weeks after Russia’s anti-corruption protests, activists and participants are still being tried, arrested and intimidated across the country. Русский

Grab him by the wallet

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 Georgia, labour exploitation still pays

In striving for a “business-friendly environment”, the Georgian government is further eroding labour rights. Workers have taken to the streets in response.

Inside Russia’s new Gulag

My husband was humiliated, beaten and tortured in Russia's penitentiary system. Here are the stories that I’ve collected from his prison. Русский

The everyday violence in Russia’s prison system has to stop

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

Don't forget Azerbaijan's political prisoners

Rebecca Vincent_1.jpgFollowing Azerbaijan’s recent moves to release political prisoners, American and European policymakers must not falter in their focus on human rights.


#FreeSavchenko

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

 

Why so secretive?

The Russian authorities are keeping far too many secrets from citizens. Komanda-29 and its founder Ivan Pavlov are fighting back. Русский

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

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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.

Moscow’s authoritarian future

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

A law beyond improvement

Defining “political activity” may seem like an academic exercise, but in Russia, it is an existential one.

 

“Two million soms and we’ll let you go”

If you push hard enough you can get justice — even in Uzbekistan.

 

Can Georgia ditch its surveillance culture?

Mikheil Saakashvili may have left his native Georgia for Odessa, but one particular legacy of his years in power is still strong. Русский


В поисках «армянского лобби»

Из-за теорий заговора люди становятся покорными, а правители перестают чего-либо бояться. В Азербайджане всех диссидентов считают агентами скрытого «армянского лобби». English

Searching for the ‘Armenian Lobby’

Conspiracies keep the people pliant and rulers fearless. In Azerbaijan, all dissidents are considered to be agents of a shadowy ‘Armenian lobby’. Русский

Who are your comrades now?

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 red zone

The system is dehumanising people, and the recent death of an inmate in a southern Russian penal colony is only further proof. Graphic warningРусский

Serial violations: finding new ways to limit freedom of association in Russia

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The first sentences under a new law limiting freedom of association in Russia are coming into effect. Their target? ‘Malicious picket-holders’. Русский

The Samara Three: what we know

Three bloggers have been arrested in Samara, Russia on suspected extortion charges. The ripples from the arrest are spreading fast. на русском языке

 

Unmasking Central Asia's neoliberal judges

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Despite claims of impartiality, judges in Central Asia often incorporate neoliberal economic and moral values into their judgements on illegal settlements.

 

Russia’s secret treason investigations

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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

SOS from Dagestan

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

In Georgia, justice delayed is justice denied

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.

Oleg Sentsov and Aleksandr Kolchenko: prisoners of conscience

Statement on the sentencing of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and co-defendant Aleksandr Kolchenko.

Russia's senseless investigation into Baltic independence

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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.

Saakashvili is turning politics upside down in Ukraine

goryachev - visual ria - sergei kuznetsov.jpgDown 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?

The power of Electric Yerevan

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?

 

I was on a Russian nationalist hit list

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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

 

Ukraine’s labour reforms threaten workers' rights

7410485.jpgThe oligarchs have joined forces to railroad a new labour code that strips Ukrainian workers of their already modest rights.

 

Writing poetry in Russia is a dangerous profession

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Aleksandr Byvshev, a schoolteacher from Russia’s Oryol region, is on trial for writing a poem opposing the annexation of Crimea.

 

 

Requiem for EuroMaidan

As Ukraine turns into an oligarch republic, civil society has few chances left to make itself the true victor of EuroMaidan.

 

Interview with a murderer

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

Ukraine’s European integration

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.

Moldova's ambiguous European integration

EU:Moldova flag - Yuriy Vlasenko - Shutterstock.jpgThe 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.

 

Who killed Boris Nemtsov?

RIAN Ilya Pitalev Nemtsov.jpg The murder of Boris Nemtsov tells us not that Putin is a strong leader, but rather one who has lost his grip.

 

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