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What the Belarusian elections will not be about


If we’re going to understand what happens next in Belarus, we need to listen to the people. на русском языке


Protests in Chișinău: views from the tent towns

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After another large-scale protest in the Moldovan capital this Sunday, the Moldovan government has been presented with yet another ultimatum—this time from the pro-Russian opposition. на русском языке

Kyrgyzstan's elections: a gentleman's agreement


With Kyrgyzstan’s political parties agreeing to overlook each other’s misdemeanours and the public afraid to speak out, bribery and corruption will continue to be endemic. 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. на русском языке


The opposition's last mandate

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Deputies of the Pskov regional assembly are attempting to remove a colleague from their ranks—opposition lawmaker and journalist Lev Shlosberg. 

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.

Украина и постколониальное состояние


Что спор о постколониальном статусе Украины говорит нам о будущем ее внутренней и внешней политики? 
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Выборы в районные советы Самары: репортаж

Нарушения, отказы и махинации с бюджетниками. Выборы в Самаре прошли небезынтересно.


Corbyn and Russia: hysteria and hindsight

Talk of Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘ties to Russia’ reveals how the media present us with false choices. There must be a space for criticising both austerity politics and Russian state aggression – and for international solidarity.

Knocking back Russia’s nationalists

The conflict in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea has brought the Kremlin and Russia’s ultra-nationalists closer together. Recent prosecutions show that their ideas still have the government worried. на русском языке

Дело Мухина: националисты под прицелом властей

Война в Украине и присоединение Крыма сблизили Кремль и русских националистов. Однако идеология русского национализма продолжает пугать власти. in English

Give back the billion

After a billion dollars went missing from Moldova’s banking system last year, people have turned out on the streets to protest the country’s oligarchic regime. на русском языке

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.



Изменение Конституции Украины: разрешение или углубление политических противоречий?

«Кровавый понедельник» повысил ставки по конституционной реформе в Украине. Сам проект оставляет желать лучшего. in English


Kazakhstan's quiet balancing act

Alongside partners east and west, Kazakhstan has learned how to play a quiet balancing act—with lessons for the Kremlin.


'Is your mum a foreign agent?'

Russian NGOs, large and small, are facing closure after the blacklisting of their foreign funders. speaks to some of the organisations affected.

A sudden warning in Dagestan

On 27 July, Russian special forces abducted a senior Dagestan official from his home and transported him to Moscow for investigation. The Dagestani authorities knew nothing about it.

New constitution, old faces in Armenia

President Serzh Sargsyan is pushing for constitutional reform. Is it only about staying in power? на русском языке


Would the real Maria Gaidar please stand up


Maria Gaidar, Russian opposition politician and daughter of a former prime minister, has found a new job – in Ukraine. What’s it all about?

Как украинцы живут в России в условиях конфликта

Как украинцам живется в стране, в которой постоянно ищут бандеровцев и сторонников Майдана? in English


Electioneering games in Siberia

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Ahead of local elections later this year, Russia’s newly united opposition is trying its hand in Siberia. But their latest travails in Novosibirsk show what they are up against.

Ukraine’s left: between a swamp and a hard place


With a new-found reputation for radicalism, Ukrainian politics is in flux. The left, however, are nowhere to be seen.


Russia's 'derby grrls' are upending gender politics


As the Russian state continues its conservative turn, could this fringe sport push back against the country’s gender politics? на русском языке


Azerbaijan's failed rebranding


No matter how much time and money Azerbaijan’s government spends making ‘friends’ in the west, the country is still characterised by a poor record on human rights.

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.

Mukacheve puts Ukraine to the test

RIAN_02657849.LR_.ru_.jpgAfter a deadly fight between a volunteer battalion and local police over smuggling in the country's western borderlands, Ukraine finds itself at another critical juncture.

Putin’s leaders of the pack


How has a motorcycle club managed to entangle itself so closely with Russia’s political and religious elite?


The ‘Switzerland of Central Asia’ is not looking very Swiss

Daniele Rumolo.jpgKyrgyzstan, the ‘Switzerland of Central Asia’, has been moving closer to Russia, with perhaps predictable results.


Unpaid wages halt progress at Russia’s flagship space project


The Russian government is throwing money at its new cosmodrome in the Far East. Its workers, however, have seen very little of it.


Russia’s last independent mayor is going down fighting

Galina_Shirshina_speech_stand СС Vladimir Larionov.jpgIn Petrozavodsk, Karelia, the conflict between Russia’s last independent mayor and the governor has turned nasty. The political fallout could reach the Kremlin.

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


Kadyrov and Putin: parallel lives

RIA Kadyrov Putin 2 (c) Aleskei Nikolsku.jpgWhile Vladimir Putin has given Ramzan Kadyrov a free hand in Chechnya, the relationship between Moscow and Grozny is far more complicated than it first appears.


What Armenians are protesting (and what they’re not)

Fresh protests in Yerevan have their roots in a number of deep-rooted domestic issues in Armenian politics. But we make comparisons to other protest movements at our peril.


Anarchism, Russian-style

Kolions.jpgThe village of Kolionovo has a reputation for independent mindedness and upsetting the authorities. Now they’ve created their own currency - the koliony.


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