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Neoliberalism, mining and Armenia's politics of plunder

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.

Ukraine’s rulers are backing themselves into a corner

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. 

Depoliticising protests in Armenia

Years of social and environmental protests in Armenia have proven one thing — our demands must be political in nature. Русский

The “Moscow Consensus”: Constructing autocracy in post-Soviet Eurasia

Across the former Soviet Union, a new type of authoritarianism has become the default — with commerce, parliaments, military, media and civil society used to consolidate elite economic and political power. 

Is neoliberalism applicable to Russia? A response to Ilya Matveev

Attempts to call the Putin regime “neoliberal” get one fundamental thing wrong: capitalism doesn’t exist in Russia. Русский

Counting down to Russia’s 2016 Duma Elections

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"?

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 Українською

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 

 

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