Can feminist art free women from patriarchy in Eastern Europe?

Pic 2.jpgAs post-Soviet states continue their 'conservative turn', feminist artists stand up to address gender injustice in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

 

Belarus has an identity crisis

RIAN_00005553.LR_.ru_.jpgAfter two decades of russification, the Belarusian government is rethinking its identity politics.

 

Book review: Hamid Ismailov’s ‘The Underground’

Cover_Ismailov_TheUnderground.pngIn The Underground, like his mixed-race hero, Hamid Ismailov is looking, above and below ground, for the answer to the question: what is 'Russianness'?

 

Victory Day in Kyiv

IMG_0072.jpgUkraine has a new holiday – 8 May, Day of Remembrance – and a new symbol, the poppy. But 9 May remains, as a reminder of the fact that war is ‘never a pretty story.’

Book review: Rajan Menon and Eugene B. Rumer, ‘Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post–Cold War Order’

Cover_Menon&Rumer Conflict in Ukraine_0.pngTruth may well be the first victim of war, and fair-minded and dispassionate accounts of events in Ukraine are rare.

 

 

The Kremlin's friends, foes and countrymen abroad

4076705.jpgAs Russian nationalism continues to varnish foreign and domestic policy motives, diaspora loyalties take on fresh significance both at home and abroad. 

 

Russia's short-termism in the Middle East

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Is the Ukraine conflict shifting Russia's Middle Eastern policy from real strategy to scoring cheap points?

 

The irreplaceables in Central Asia

924055_0.jpgIn Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, the authorities don’t even have to stuff the ballot boxes, their presidents have done everything they can to appear irreplaceable.

The Russia-Greek alliance has a big local problem

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As separatist forces creep closer to Mariupol, and Greece considers a further alliance with Russia, one group could put this new friendship on hold – Ukraine's Greek community.

Kazakhstan's reluctant leader

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Why does a president-for-life call snap elections?

 

Russian dissidents seek asylum in Kyiv

IMG_9257crop.jpgAs oppression heats up in Russia, post-revolutionary Ukraine is attracting political émigrés from the Russian opposition.

 

Times of war in Russian arts and culture

Garagecrop.jpgIn times of war, what can Russian arts and culture do to withstand interventions by the Russian state? An exhibition at Garage in Moscow could provide an answer.

Book review: Bill Browder, 'Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No. 1 Enemy'

Tangerines poster (for standfirst).pngWhat they don't teach you at business school: how to go from being the grandson of the leader of the Communist Party of America, to a multi-millionaire in ex-Communist Russia. And back again…

 

What Russian students learn about Russia’s enemies

Conspiracy theories have permeated Russia’s education space, where they are intended not only to shape knowledge but to secure the political loyalty of Russia’s youth.

 

Life behind the blockade in the Donetsk People’s Republic

The closure of the border between Ukraine and the Donetsk People’s Republic has divided communities, leaving people short of food and medicines.

 

How Russia’s opposition learned to stop worrying and love Crimea

Kennedy Avatar crop.jpgA recent statement by a prominent Russian opposition figure is testament to an unpalatable truth: Crimea’s annexation is popular with Russia’s ‘liberal elite.’

 

The Russian politics of multiculturalism

RIA Aleksei Druzhinin Putin Abkhazia.jpgThe relationship between religion and ethnicity on the one hand, and civic assimilation on the other, is far less harmonious than Putin’s magniloquence asserts.

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.

 

Agreement by association: Georgia edges closer to Europe

Georgia’s signing of the Association Agreement with the EU has been welcomed by the country’s people and its elite, but it will likely not be the panacea they hope.

 

Rethinking Eurasia's future

1000px-Flag_mix_United_States_Russia_EU.svg Kaster.pngWhile an economic and political union between Russia and Europe is unlikely, it could serve the interests of both sides in an increasingly hostile world.

The crackdown in Azerbaijan

Preident Aliyev - Flickr - World Economic Forum.jpgIn allowing the Aliyev regime to suppress human rights and democracy, the West is hurting its own interests.

 

Vying for influence in Ukraine

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Oligarchs and Western experts are lining up to shape the future of Ukraine. But they're not all on the same side.

 

What has gone wrong with reform in Ukraine?

International_Monetary_Fund_logo.svg_.png - Ssolbergj - Wiki.pngWhat has gone wrong with reform in Ukraine? There will be no IMF bailout without economic, political and social reform. So why do Ukrainian politicians drag their feet?

 

 

Шпиономания возвращается в Россию

Spy cartoon - Shutterstock - Tomacco.jpgСогласно «улучшенному» закону о шпионской деятельности, теперь любого человека можно заподозрить в шпионаже и государственной измене. И в этом его смысл. in English

Armenia’s foreign policy: between dependence and complementarity

oskanian pic_0.jpgThe plight of the weakest member of the Eastern Partnership region – Armenia – should have alerted policymakers to the seriousness of Russia’s intentions in re-asserting its position within ‘its’ near abroad.

 

The red tape tied around Donbass

Daily life in the Donbass region can be described as follows: ‘If there is a Ukrainian flag, there is life. If there isn’t – you are on your own.’

 

The ‘bright future’ of Oleg Sentsov

Mike Downey crop.jpgUkrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has been held in pre-trial detention for almost a year on charges of terrorism – most of it in Moscow’s notorious Lefortovo prison.

 

The American credibility trap

Kovpak crop.jpgAmerican politicians’ attempts to look ‘credible’ when talking about Russia are hypocritical, self-serving and self-defeating. If they really want Russia to change its policies, they need to act smarter, not tougher.

 

Re-drawing the map of migration patterns

Migration trends picture - Dbachmann- wiki.pngThe Ukrainian crisis has triggered a redirection of migration patterns in the post-Soviet space, affecting both host countries and suppliers alike.

Russian woman accused of treason for phoning Ukrainian embassy

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A mother of seven is facing charges of treason in the Russian town of Vyazma. Her alleged crime? Phoning the Ukrainian embassy to warn about Russian troop movements.

Armenia's unhappy New Year

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Armenia is now a member of the Eurasian Economic Union. But with the economy in trouble, does membership have any benefits?

 

Speaking to the Russophones

ragozin_picture.jpgWhether the EU likes it or not, millions of its residents belong to the Russophone cultural sphere. But how should we speak to them?

 

Farewell to Florida

1037907.jpgRichard Florida's 2002 book on the ‘creative class’ has had an unexpectedly fervent following in Russia, but did that class ever really exist in Russia? на русском языке

 

The Crimean ‘question’

There are more questions than answers to the Crimean ‘question’.

 

 

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