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In Russia’s North Caucasus, an unprecedented, peaceful protest

In Ingushetia, people have come out to protest land transfer to neighbouring Chechya. For now, the Kremlin is listening. 

Militarised society: memory politics, history and gender in Ukraine

In Ukraine, history could be used to help make sense of the brutal ongoing war, but it can also be instrumentalised for political gains.

How Hungary and Ukraine fell out over a passport scandal

Ukraine’s border region of Zakarpattya is home to the country’s Hungarian community – and is now the centre of a diplomatic row. RU

Meet the Ukrainian mothers battling for their sons held in Russian prison

Families of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russian jails are fighting for their release – and this struggle is changing them. RU

“We really need you, Anna!”: Svetlana Alexievich, Binalakshmi Nepram write to Anna Politkovskaya

To mark the 12 years since Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s murder, two laureates of an award for women human rights defenders write letters to her.

The democratic future of Uzbekistan doesn’t depend on the politicians, but whether workers can mobilise

Uzbekistan’s transition to a market economy will require further worker suppression. But signs of worker mobilisation in the Karimov era can give us hope. RU

Why Russia should not enjoy impunity in the Council of Europe

Without fulfilling conditions set out in the Parliamentary Assembly’s resolutions, why should Russia be allowed return to the Council?

'Sexual liberation, socialist style': an overlooked women's rights story?

New research by Kateřina Lišková places eastern bloc countries at forefront of twentieth century push for gender equality.

Decentralising Ukraine: the view from Khmelnytsky

Three years of Ukraine’s most successful reform have produced results that are, at times, unexpected and ambiguous. RU

Ways to end the conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas: an interview with Serhiy Kudelia

The conflict in eastern Ukraine is at a stalemate. How do we break through it?

“Everyone is trying to get me to stop”: Russian student Vyacheslav Kryukov writes diary of his prison hunger-strike

10 people were arrested in Moscow earlier this year on fabricated extremism charges. Vyacheslav Kryukov is one of them — and is now on Day 16 of a hunger strike.

Kazakhstan’s invisible children

In Kazakhstan, children with special educational needs and disabilities are kept out of sight and out of mind. RU

Why does Kazakhstan turn a blind eye to Alzheimer’s?

In the developed world, Alzheimer’s disease is a major issue. But the situation in developing countries such as Kazakhstan is less satisfactory. RU

Fair but boring? An overview of Yerevan’s city council elections

This week’s elections to Yerevan city council have been markedly fairer than previous years — but that doesn’t mean there isn’t intrigue.

The struggle for Yerevan: how city elections became a referendum on Armenia’s revolution

For the first time since Armenia's revolution, citizens have been to the ballot box. But Sunday's vote is less about the problems facing the country's capital, and more about the legitimacy of the revolutionary agenda. 

Kafka comes to life in Kaliningrad

After police and pro-government media disrupt a public event in Kaliningrad, it’s time to examine the forms of pressure on Russian civil society.

Poland vs. Azamat Baiduyev: how an EU member state deported a Chechen refugee back to face the Kadyrov regime

Azamat Baiduyev is the latest person to be deported from Poland on the basis of “secret materials”.

Defeat, disappointment and the glimmer of dictatorship in Russia’s Far East

A regional election has gone badly wrong. Dissecting the Kremlin’s defeat in Primorye shows paths for Russia’s future.

Fear and loathing in Kyrgyzstan: how the LGBTQI community is fighting back against rising discrimination

LGBTQI people remain easy targets in Kyrgyzstan, with nowhere to turn for recourse. But activists are fighting back.

Spiritual capital: why Ukraine is breaking from Russia’s Orthodox Church

The Ukrainian government has promised its citizens a new, independent Orthodox Church that will unite Ukrainian believers. But bringing several denominations together is harder than you think. RU

Double discrimination: why Uzbek women in Kyrgyzstan are a minority within a minority

In the aftermath of Kyrgyzstan's 2010 revolution, the country's Uzbek minority population has seen their position worsen — and Uzbek women have been marginalised most of all. 

“They told me that if I didn’t become more cooperative, they could do whatever they wanted to me”: anarchist Arman Sagynbayev reveals torture by Russian law enforcement

In this high-profile terrorism investigation into Russian anarchists, brutal torture has been used to extract confessions from detainees.

The future of Russia’s one and only LGBT film festival

New legislation will hit independent and controversial cinema in Russia. The organisers of this LGBT film festival are going to keep on fighting for their right to speak on “forbidden” topics. RU

Are Kyrgyzstan’s glaciers under threat? This ecologist thinks so

The Central Asian state’s Tian Shan mountain range isn’t just home to shrinking glaciers. It’s also the site of an international mining operation.

Controversial trial in Kazakhstan sheds light on Chinese camps

China’s attempts to suppress information about Xinjiang open floodgates to scrutiny of its indoctrination policy.

Conspiracy theory has gone mainstream in Russia. But how does it work?

Inside Russia’s conspiracy machine, things are more complicated than they seem. A new book demonstrates the pitfalls of conspiracy thinking.

Meet Russian anarchist Ilya Romanov. He’s spent nearly 20 years in prison

Through radical protest of the 1990s and 2000s to the repressive machine of today, Romanov's biography shows how the Russian government’s attitude to protest has hardened. RU

Transforming Tajikistan: how the Rahmon regime turned religion into a site of struggle

This new book focuses on Tajik society’s turn to Islam as a means of coping with disorder.

Azerbaijan’s blocking of websites is a sign of further restrictions online

This month has seen yet another series of attacks on internet freedom.

Will the war in Russia’s North Caucasus ever end?

Over the past 200 years, war and colonisation has defined Russia’s North Caucasus. But in a period of relative calm, significant changes are still underway. RU

The Second Chechen War: Testimony of an Eyewitness

Chechen journalist Abdul Itslayev lived out the Second Chechen War in his native village. Against a backdrop of rocket attacks, murder and robbery, he tried to piece together what, in fact, was happening. RU

Who is ordering attacks on activists in Ukraine?

In Ukraine, activists are being attacked, and law enforcement is standing idle. The pressure on civil society has become systematic. RU

Why Russia needs a grassroots campaign against political repression

Political repression is ramping up in Russia, but a network of people ready to stand against it is yet to emerge.

How this DIY magazine is making space for taboo topics in Russia

Under conditions of growing self-censorship, small media can often raise questions avoided by Russia’s national media – but of real concern to readers. RU

Torture, missing evidence and procedural violations: how to make a terrorism case against 21 Russian Muslims

Another trial against Russian “Islamists” results in harsh convictions – this time, 21 of them.

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