Russia is swimming in oil

Russia’s oil industry lacks the infrastructure to avoid spills and leaks; and the environmental consequences are horrific.

 

Ukrainian refugees in Russia receive a mixed welcome

Many people took refuge in Russia after fleeing eastern Ukraine last summer. Their experiences are far from uniform.

 

Ukraine is ripe for the shock doctrine

Like many states in crisis before it, Ukraine serves as a perfect opportunity for neoliberal transformation.

Electioneering games in Siberia

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Ahead of local elections later this year, Russia’s newly united opposition is trying its hand in Siberia. But their latest travails in Novosibirsk show what they are up against.

Ukraine’s left: between a swamp and a hard place

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With a new-found reputation for radicalism, Ukrainian politics is in flux. The left, however, are nowhere to be seen.

 

Russia's 'derby grrls' are upending gender politics

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As the Russian state continues its conservative turn, could this fringe sport push back against the country’s gender politics?


Will the patriotic stop list kill Russia’s NGOs?

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Since 2012, Russian NGOs receiving funding from abroad have had to register as ‘foreign agents’. A new patriotic stop list might shut funding off forever.

Azerbaijan's failed rebranding

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No matter how much time and money Azerbaijan’s government spends making ‘friends’ in the west, the country is still characterised by a poor record on human rights.

Samara’s governor takes aim at higher education

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Down in Samara on the Volga river, the city’s higher education institutions are facing cuts and closure. And many people are far from happy.

South Ossetia's creeping border

no to collaborators.jpgRenewed tensions along the de-facto border between Georgia and South Ossetia have raised concerns in Tbilisiand laid bare Georgia's political rivalries.


Mukacheve puts Ukraine to the test

RIAN_02657849.LR_.ru_.jpgAfter a deadly fight between a volunteer battalion and local police over smuggling in the country's western borderlands, Ukraine finds itself at another critical juncture.

(Un)solving Ukraine’s conflict

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What is exactly stopping a solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine?

 

The Circassians come home

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Long exiled from their homeland, Circassians are now seeking refuge in the Caucasus following conflict in their adopted home, Syria. Adjusting to life in Russia has not been easy.

In Osh, the flames have died down, but not the discontent

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In 2010, the Osh region in southern Kyrgyzstan was riven by ethnic violence in the aftermath of revolution. And still nobody wants to talk about it.

 

Putin’s leaders of the pack

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How has a motorcycle club managed to entangle itself so closely with Russia’s political and religious elite?

 

Russia's senseless investigation into Baltic independence

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In another manifestation of the absurd, Russia's latest investigation into the legality of Baltic independence uses the very tactics used by dissident movements against Soviet rule.

The ‘Switzerland of Central Asia’ is not looking very Swiss

Daniele Rumolo.jpgKyrgyzstan, the ‘Switzerland of Central Asia’, has been moving closer to Russia, with perhaps predictable results.

 

Unpaid wages halt progress at Russia’s flagship space project

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The Russian government is throwing money at its new cosmodrome in the Far East. Its workers, however, have seen very little of it.

 

Saakashvili is turning politics upside down in Ukraine

goryachev - visual ria - sergei kuznetsov.jpgDown on the Black Sea, ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakasvhili is making waves as the new governor of Odessa. Is the balance of the Ukrainian state beginning to shift?

Russia’s last independent mayor is going down fighting

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Book review: Alisa Ganieva, 'The Mountain and the Wall'

The Mountain and the Wall is the first Dagestani novel to be published in English. Ganieva is very courageous to write about what is happening in her native country, thinly veiled in the traditional Russian literary use of fiction.

 

Пятый суд над БОРН: читая о себе в деле Ильи Горячева

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The power of Electric Yerevan

Strong-arm tactics and cynical compromises are yet to send Yerevan's protesters home. Is this the beginning of the end for the politics of old in Armenia?

 

North Ossetia is rethinking its role as Russia's ‘outpost’ in the Caucasus

From ‘outpost’ to ‘outpostism’ and then to ‘outposter’, North Ossetians are feeling increasingly alienated from the Russian centre.

I was on a Russian nationalist hit list

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In Moscow City Court, the suspected leader of a far-right terror group with links to the Kremlin stands accused of five murders. I was on their hit list. на русском языке

 

Телеканал крымских татар снова в эфире

После двухмесячной паузы, единственный в мире крымскотатарский телеканал ATR снова работает. Только теперь в Киеве, не в Симферополе. in English

Crimean Tatar TV back on air

After a two-month hiatus, the world's only Crimean Tatar TV station is back on air. Only now it's in Kyiv, not Simferopol. на русском языке

 

Is this the end of the Caucasus Emirate?

After several North Caucasus commanders transferred their allegiance to Islamic State, an ISIS spokesman announced the creation of a 'Caucasus Province'. Is this the end of the Caucasus Emirate?

After Baku, let's not forget about human rights

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With the European Games in Baku over, what does the future hold for Europe's relationship with Azerbaijan?

 

Kadyrov and Putin: parallel lives

RIA Kadyrov Putin 2 (c) Aleskei Nikolsku.jpgWhile Vladimir Putin has given Ramzan Kadyrov a free hand in Chechnya, the relationship between Moscow and Grozny is far more complicated than it first appears.

 

Reading Russia is never easy

While there are Putinversteher to be found everywhere in Europe there seem to be no Europaversteher in Russia. Where does this lack of understanding come from?

 

What Armenians are protesting (and what they’re not)

Fresh protests in Yerevan have their roots in a number of deep-rooted domestic issues in Armenian politics. But we make comparisons to other protest movements at our peril.

 

Kyrgyzstan joins the Customs Union, and business finds itself in stand-by mode

For this state of small traders, entry into the Customs Union will bring both headaches and opportunities.

 

Anarchism, Russian-style

Kolions.jpgThe village of Kolionovo has a reputation for independent mindedness and upsetting the authorities. Now they’ve created their own currency - the koliony.

 

Book review: Mikhail Shishkin, 'Calligraphy Lesson'

‘Only art is capable of creating moments where our “unreal”, mortal time intersects with its “real” counterpart,’ says Shishkin.

 

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