Across Russia, active citizens are fighting for their neighbourhoods, livelihoods and against systemic corruption. The moment when these agendas meet will be an important one.
Russia’s long-distance truck drivers have started a nationwide strike. But without support from political parties or other groups, how far can they go? Русский
There are limits of defining a regime by the name of its leader, but Putinism has the echoes of post-war France, and of its president.
As authoritarian control and renewed superpower tension dominate headlines, telling stories of Russia’s everyday heroes can reveal lost alternatives.
Five years ago, thousands took to Russia’s streets to protest electoral fraud in what became a push against Putin’s status quo. Researchers discuss the significance of this moment and the movements it spawned.
Post-Soviet people have spent two decades mourning a society that never existed. Русский
Moldovans are diverse in culture, language and political preference, but united by a lack of faith in their leaders. How does that bode for a second round of presidential elections?
Moldova’s presidential race isn’t over yet. Neither are the country’s geopolitical divides or its long-standing struggle with oligarchs. Can they ever be?
A new film opens up the horrors of the Second World War, but will it enable reconciliation?
To this day, Lenin lies in state on Red Square. There’s still space in the mausoleum for more modern heroes – and their ideas. Русский
A massive new construction project overlooking Georgia’s capital reveals the true extent of an oligarch’s grip on politics — and Tbilisi’s struggle to become a city for all its people.
Amid widespread apathy and corruption, Georgia’s democracy faces all too familiar obstacles.
After ten years as head of Rosatom, Sergey Kirienko is now deputy head of Russia’s Presidential Administration. What will he bring to the job? Русский
In the aftermath of parliamentary elections, can Georgia build a more stable political culture?
In courting the country’s most loathed oligarch, the EU and US will only lose the sympathy of ordinary Moldovans.
For years, Georgia’s politics has been organised around the “search for a saviour”. But now this search has quietly ended, what is left?
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
Georgia’s church is independent of the state. How long before the state can free itself from the church?
As Azerbaijan votes on constitutional amendments today, let’s not forget the country’s political prisoners.
Sweeping reforms to Russia’s power ministries show that the FSB has the country’s security monopoly in its sights.
The results may be predictable, but Russia’s parliamentary elections hint at the next stage of regime mobilisation.
Moscow has a new motto: work a little harder, steal a little less. A big name may have just fallen foul of it.
Independent sociological research in Russia is under serious threat. The country’s leading non-governmental polling agency has been labelled a “foreign agent” and may have to close. Русский
Two new opposition candidates prepare to take their seats after rigged parliamentary elections in Belarus. As ever, the real losers are ordinary citizens.
Protests and strikes across Russia show that the country’s “silent majority” is becoming louder. But are pundits even listening?
Our story on Russia’s grassroots activism continues. From Moscow’s parks to federal highways, ordinary citizens learn the power of protest – and of solidarity.
What do two Moscow parks and a truck drivers’ trade union have in common? They have been the focus of protests that have shown that the Russian public may be losing its traditional passivity.
We don't know whether Uzbekistan's leader is alive or dead. But the system he created will live on.
In Georgia, whether you're in opposition or in power, you can always call your opponent an agent of the Kremlin.
Ivanov’s departure leaves few voices able to speak truth to Putin.
The resurgence of fighting with Azerbaijan could hinder progressive mobilisation in Armenia, but recent environmental initiatives reveal the appetite for resistance to the economy of extraction.
As Europe's sanctions resolve against Russia evaporates, Ukraine's domestic political contest is heating up — Kyiv is turning its sights on the constitutional court.
Years of social and environmental protests in Armenia have proven one thing — our demands must be political in nature. Русский
Attempts to call the Putin regime “neoliberal” get one fundamental thing wrong: capitalism doesn’t exist in Russia. Русский
As Russia gears up for a parliamentary elections this autumn, how can the country's embattled opposition and civil society offer a real contest to the Kremlin's "imitation democracy"?
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