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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

Kyrgyzstan’s indispensable women are undervalued

Kyrgyz women still tend to live and work in traditionally female occupations. RU

How the Kremlin’s anti-corruption agenda masks federal control in the North Caucasus

But is there room for real political subjectivity between local and national corrupt power? RU

Feeling Yerevan’s pulse: the new media talking about Armenia’s blind spots

A year ago, the media platform EVN Report was founded to surface everyday concerns and what the media leaves behind. As Armenians take to the streets again, it’s become an invaluable resource.

Partners in piety: inside Ukraine’s evangelical business empire

This church will “really change your consciousness and reform your life”. But at what cost? 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. 

No defence in Chechnya: Oyub Titiyev and the grim future of human rights in Russia’s North Caucasus

The prosecution of a Chechen human rights campaigner is a landmark step in the systematic elimination of civil society under Ramzan Kadyrov. RU

In Poland and Ukraine, history conflicts reveal the limits of the “nationalist international”

Historical issues have once again divided far-right groups in Poland and Ukraine. 

Azerbaijan’s digital crackdown requires a political solution

Framing Azerbaijan’s online campaign to harass journalists and activists as a “technical” problem only distracts from the politics behind it.

Lights in the distance

A new book on migration processes in the European Union foregrounds human stories, militarising borders and Europe’s new racism. RU

Rule of law contacts with Azerbaijan must raise human rights abuse

The authoritarian regime of Azerbaijan remains a member of many international bodies, but this is often not a sufficient point of leverage. The country’s public prosecutors are a case in point.

The tragic echoes of Turkey’s anti-Gülen campaign in Turkmenistan

In this highly isolated Central Asian state, “Turkish schools” guaranteed good education and a relationship with the outside world. But now, they’re the target of attention and repression from the authorities.

The pains and perils of childbirth in Ukraine

Giving birth is a feat of endurance for any woman. But aggressive treatment at the hands of medical staff, as well as corruption, make it even harder in Ukraine. RU

In Moscow region, campaigners against a landfill site are being arrested

This week, while a Russian government media watchdog is bringing a lawsuit against the Telegram messaging app, campaigners against landfill sites outside Moscow are being arrested. 

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

 


Azerbaijani mafia in the heart of Europe?

An apparent clash between Azerbaijani organised crime groups in southern France raises questions around EU immigration fraud and security procedures.

Solidarity in times of troubles: central and east European NGOs discuss mutual aid under the conservative turn

Is solidarity possible anymore? What practical steps can civil society take when national borders and space for voluntary sector are closing?

Could a hashtag challenge the Aliyev regime?

Azerbaijan's political migrants are behind a new public campaign to draw attention to authoritarian rule at home. Judging by the reaction, it has the regime rattled. 

How Ingushetia's independent media and opposition were harassed, exiled and murdered out of existence

Ten years ago, the North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia was undergoing a bloody security operation. Today, there’s not much left.

Left behind: Eurasia’s overlooked political prisoners appeal for justice

Many political prisoners are ignored due to their religion or lack of connections. For civil society groups, working collaboratively might help overcome this challenge of representation.

"Activists can move a tombstone, but they cannot restore it": How photographer Christian Herrmann makes a vanished world visible

How photography and civic activism can bring an understanding of a shared past and mutual responsibility.

“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. 

The struggle for humane drug policy in Georgia

Decriminalising drugs has become a central demand of Georgian political parties, but the fight for decriminalisation has divided Georgian society. RU

In Russia, safety comes cheap

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

Internet censorship in Kazakhstan: more pervasive than you may think

As Internet penetration grows in the country, so do the government’s attempts to monitor, control and repress dissenting voices.

Russia: six more years of repression

Vladimir Putin may have been elected, but threats to freedom of assembly and asssociation aren't going anywhere. 

Turning a protest into (someone else’s) metaphysics

A new account of Ukraine’s Euromaidan focuses on the spirit of revolution rather than dissecting events as they emerged.

Creating the “Motherland” in Russian theatre

Andrey Stadnikov and Dmitry Vlasik are producing a new show on Russian history. I talked to them about the role of the collective, Stalin and music as a way of unlocking memory. RU

Council of Europe: don't compromise on human rights in Russia!

After congratulating Vladimir Putin on re-election, the COE must hold Russia accountable and require the same respect for fundamental freedoms as it does from other countries.

The Skripal attack and the post-Soviet practice of extraterritorial security

Traditional methods of national security fail to address “extraterritorial security” and the context of global authoritarianism and kleptocracy in which it emerges.

How Russia and Uzbekistan cooperate on the kidnap trail to Central Asia

People leave Uzbekistan seeking safety and work in Russia. But what they find is prosecution and abduction.

Critical engagement and endangered academic freedom in Tajikistan

For academics, critical engagement is not only about terminating collaboration with Tajik state institutions. It is also a matter of building competent partner institutions and scholars.

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