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Georgia: the exiles’ election

Twenty five years after the separatist wars that shook Georgia, 265,000 displaced people still struggle to make ends meet — and their voices heard. 

Atomic energy and political power in Russia

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In Russia, the space for environmental activism and advocacy is changing under increasing state pressure. An interview with one of Russia’s leading ecological organisations about the prospects for anti-nuclear activism today. Русский

Russia’s regions: federalism and its discontents

Creating the appearance of stability is the Russian political elite’s primary goal. Yet colonial-like rule over the country’s regions, combined with a lack of civic activity, harms the Kremlin’s legitimacy on the ground. Русский

“Karabakh rules Armenia”

Shots have been fired over Nagorno-Karabakh, and leaders in Baku and Yerevan demand national unity. But behind the patriotic hysteria is a cry for social justice.

In Armenia, gender is geopolitical

A wave of homophobia in Armenia is playing on pro-Russian and pro-European sympathies. Gender has become geopolitical, and the LGBT community is fearful.

 

“EU or bust?” is the wrong question for Ukraine

What was missing in the Dutch referendum on the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine?

 

Moldova’s political tourists

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In Moldova, party allegiances are for sale. MPs are increasingly crossing the floor, and over a quarter of the electorate are now misrepresented by their current parliament.

From Panama, via London, with love

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The Panama Papers implicate more than just a few select international leaders. They demonstrate how offshore finance and corrupt leaders in the post-Soviet space thrive off each other.

Fear and loathing in Ukraine: a very “European” protest

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A new type of mass mobilisation on the streets of Ukraine shows how society is being divided along lines all too familiar to EU citizens.

 

Crimea’s Ukrainian underground

Two years after Crimea became part of the Russian Federation, most traces of Ukrainian culture have effectively disappeared from the peninsula. Русский

A sinless Russian spring

Russia has been celebrating the second anniversary of its annexation of Crimea. Is there any guilt behind the gloating?

 

#FreeSavchenko

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

 

The Mordovian candidate

As the economic crisis hits Russia’s regions, Samara’s governor is trying to hold on to the kingdom he’s built for himself.

 

Terrorism and Russia’s power vertical

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Russia has been conducting a war on terror for 15 years. No wonder counter-terror is a part of the country’s system of governance. 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.

Russia, Inc.

From “structural reforms” of the 2000s to austerity policies today, neoliberalism has been and remains an organic part of the Putin regime. Русский

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

Moldova’s women in crisis

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Moldova’s economic prospects are bleak. Gender-based discrimination makes them bleaker still for the country’s women.

 

Why we don’t publish articles about Putin

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Mainstream media in the west and Russia is fixated on the Russian president. Here’s why we’re not. Deutsch

 

How can we politicise labour rights in Georgia?

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In Georgia, violations of workers’ rights, low pay and negligent treatment by private corporations continue to go unnoticed. We need to politicise the world of work.

 

The “heroes of Novorossiya”: where are they now?

Two years ago, a separatist movement in southeast Ukraine brought war and tragedy to the whole country. Though the crisis continues, the movement’s first leaders have gone their separate ways. Русский

On prison and liberty: an interview with Pyotr Pavlensky

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Russia’s leading performance artist on prison and liberty. Русский

 

 

Vlad Plahotniuc: Moldova’s man in the shadows

There’s not much we know for sure about oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc — except that he has his eye on Moldova’s presidency. Русский

 

The long arm of the despot

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Tajikistan’s government doesnt hesitate to go after its critics abroad. Intimidation, beatings and murder — this is Central Asias authoritarianism without borders.

 

Kryvyi Rih needs an alternative

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Next month, this industrial city in southeast Ukraine goes to the polls. The electoral race tells us one thing so far: this town needs an alternative. Русский

2016: Unsteady ground for Armenian media

Protecting sources at risk, self-censorship and poor financing — Armenia has no shortage of obstacles for its journalists to overcome in 2016. Русский

Moldova finds its roots

For years it was a taboo topic. But some Moldovans are again considering reunification with Romania.

 

Ukraine's constitution: reform or crisis?

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Constitutional reform was supposed to put post-Maidan Ukraine on a firmly democratic footing. Two years later, this process has gone seriously off track.

 

The rise of Azov

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War in the east, political and economic crisis in Kyiv — these are ideal conditions for Ukraine’s far right to capitalise on their frontline successes. Русский 

 

How international media failed Moldova’s protesters

There’s more to Moldova's protests than “pro-European” versus “pro-Russian”.

 

Azerbaijan’s 2016: sink or swim?

Protests have broken out in Azerbaijan against rising prices and falling living standards. Will the regime respond with anything but brute force?

Why a united opposition in Moldova is impossible

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From the left and the right, Moldova’s fractious opposition has formed an alliance to force snap elections. The cracks are showing already. Русский

 

Is liberalism the future for Russia?

For years, ‘liberal’ has been a dirty word in Russia, a shorthand for everything undesirable. Yet state propaganda is having an unexpected side-effect: the rehabilitation of liberalism. 

Four Russias: the new political reality

Uneven modernisation has left its mark on Russia, and the authorities are only too happy to exploit it. What does the future hold for Russia’s regional divide? Русский

Give back the vote

Against a background of mass protests, Moldova’s parliament has just approved a new government in record time. Русский

 

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