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How Russia’s security services target Crimean Tatars as “Islamic terrorists”

In the four years since the peninsula’s annexation, Russian security services have become well practiced at prosecuting Crimean Tatars on terrorism charges. RU

Desperately seeking socialism: why the Soviet Union's left-wing dissidents matter today

This new collection of essays seeks to rebalance our understanding of dissent in the late Soviet Union, drawing attention to democratic socialists from the 1950s into the 1980s. 

Global capitalism in Central Asia and competing economic imaginaries

For the US, Russia and China, Central Asia is a space of competing economic influences.

While everyone’s watching the football, the Russian government is raising the retirement age

Screen Shot 2018-06-15 at 15.13.27.pngThis move signals the end of the Russian federal state’s social commitments. RU

 


How this grassroots initiative in St Petersburg is making a World Cup for everyone

Major sporting events speak to people in the language of money, prestige and officialdom. But they can – and must – speak the language of culture, equality and solidarity. RU

The media who cried wolf: how Eurasia’s autocracies use media for crisis management

Eurasian governments’ use of journalism for crisis agenda management erodes trust in media.

The “safeguarding of morality” in Nizhny Novgorod is turning into an attack on the city’s Protestant community

In this World Cup host city, two students involved in local Protestant life are facing deportation after interference from the security services. RU

Trading sovereignty: how Ukraine's Pension Fund co-operates with the Russian authorities

By sending official information requests to the Russian authorities, Ukraine's Pension Fund de-facto recognises Russian jurisdiction in occupied Crimea. RU

Today, the forgotten fear of nuclear war is being reborn — and we have no popular movement against it

The movement for a nuclear free world during the late 1980s was made possible by many. But there are no successors today – and this is dangerous. RU

“In two years of picketing, 15 miners of working age have died”: how Rostov miners are fighting against all odds for their wages – and respect

For two years, workers at a bankrupt mining company in southern Russia attempting to recoup their outstanding wages. All this in a town with 100% unemployment. RU

The uncomfortable truth about post-Soviet comfort foods

What nourishes us also destroys us: this old saying holds true not only for food, but also politics.

Behind the wire: pride and paranoia in one of Russia’s closed towns

Thousands of Russian citizens live in “closed towns”. I visited one of them, Lesnoye, to find out how people live today. RU

“There is a direct threat to life”: Russian theatre manager Alexey Malobrodsky hospitalised after court hearing

Alexey Malobrodsky, who has been charged in a high-profile embezzlement case, has spent 10 months in pre-trial detention. He is now critically ill. I spoke to the doctor who has been treating Malobrodsky to find out more. RU

Moscow’s waste wars

The “rubbish riots” taking place in the Moscow area demonstrate Muscovites’ distrust of their regional government. RU

Meet Illuminator, the online project making space for discussing LGBT issues in Russia

The Illuminator project showcases the human targets of Russia’s conservative turn. RU

How the mother of a son with autism opened Karelia’s only studio for children with “special needs”

You can’t always find a place for your child in Russia’s education system. Sometimes, you need to make one yourself. RU

Life in the ashes: where now for survivors of the Rostov blaze?

Eight months on from a colossal fire in the centre of this southern Russian city, people affected by the fire are still looking for homes. RU

Russia haunts the western imagination

Krastev (1)_0.gifThe dividing line between authoritarian Russia and liberal democracies is growing ever thinner.

 

 

Russia’s Telegram ban is just the start of the battle over online anonymity

The ban on the popular social network and messaging app heralds a new era of pressure on online privacy, including for western internet companies. 

Why Ekaterinburg needs a directly elected mayor

One of Russia’s biggest cities is losing the right to elect its mayor. The position may be symbolic, but so is its loss. RU

 


“I love you with all my heart”: Russian Gulag historian Yuri Dmitriyev's final word in court

Despite repeated forensic analysis to the contrary, this Russian historian has spent 13 months in pre-trial detention on child pornography charges. 

In Russia, safety comes cheap

Every time Russia experiences a human catastrophe, the issue of the state’s responsibility is raised for a reason. 

Tortured and terrorised by the state, this Russian Muslim now faces deportation

The sudden revocation of a Russian-Palestinian citizen’s passport pulls at the thread of a murky and murderous investigation into Islamic State. RU

Russia’s presidential election: a decline in citizen rights

The re-election of Vladimir Putin has been preceded by a significant crackdown on freedom of assembly and rule of law.

Imitation civil society gets ready for Russia’s imitation elections

While the Russian government recruits loyal NGOs as election observers, other organisations refuse to be part of the process. RU

Reconstruction and restitution in Tomsk

How a conflict between the Orthodox church, the authorities and the residents is playing out in this Siberian city.

Russia’s elections: the rise and fall of “dramaturgiya”

The Kremlin is used to scripting election campaigns to the minute. But the 2018 election shows how they’re losing control.

Alexey Navalny’s election boycott reveals the symbolic matrix of Russian politics

Boycotting the Russian presidential elections is the logical extension of the opposition politician’s radical street politics. RU

The Elena Misyurina case: botched procedure or botched investigation?

How and why Russia’s medical community have united in the fight against the country’s Investigative Committee. RU

The first steps towards exonerating Russian Gulag historian Yuri Dmitriyev

This Russian historian spent 13 months in pre-trial detention on fabricated child pornography charges. The latest court proceedings confirm that he’s just as “normal” as the rest of us.

As Russia’s presidential election approaches, apathy is running high

On 18 March, Russians go to the polls to elect a new president (or rather, re-elect the old one). But there’s little enthusiasm around. RU

If Russia’s minorities are excluded from national political life, then why are they the most “loyal” on paper?

By rejecting popular support in Russia’s national republics, you can win more votes than you lose. RU

“Young people gathered to voice a silent reproach”: Dmitry Borisov’s closing statement in court

This Russian activist received a one-year prison sentence for allegedly kicking a police officer during an anti-corruption rally in March 2017. 

“My baby knows how to speed up judges when he needs to”

Recent revelations concerning a Russian oligarch and Russian deputy prime minister demonstrate how friendship, business and politics are intertwined in the Russian state’s influencing operations. RU

The growing gap between Ukraine and Russia – and the people trying to bridge it

Ukraine and Russia are mired in a self-perpetuating conflict. Ukrainian and Russian activists recognise the problem, but will they be able to overcome it? RU

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