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.

 

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.



The unlikely return of Yulia Tymoshenko

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The success of post-Maidan Ukraine depends on the effectiveness of the ruling coalition. Does Yulia Tymoshenko want to join the party or spoil it?

 

Закон против тунеядцев в Беларуси

parasite.jpgВ Советском Союзе человек без официальной работы мог быть обвинен в тунеядстве и приговорен к ссылке. Беларусь решила вернуться в эти времена. in English

The ‘parasite law’ in Belarus

parasite.jpgIn the Soviet Union, anyone without an official job could be charged with ‘parasitism’ and sentenced to internal exile. Now Belarus has revived the idea. на русском языке

Azerbaijan’s European Games: giving sport a bad name

Rather than being a catalyst for positive change, the European Games have become a weapon in Baku’s effort to promote itself as progressive while continuing to crush independent voices.

Kyrgyzstan's conservatives hold their anti-LGBT rally

Against a background of possible legislation against 'foreign agents' and 'gay propaganda', Sunday's anti-LGBT rally in Bishkek does not bode well for the small Central Asian state.


Remembering Budyonnovsk

I was in Budyonnovsk on 14 June 1995, when Chechen separatists raided the town and took hostages, killing 129. Twenty years later, this town in southern Russia is still known as the 'town of black shawls'. 

The struggle for progressive politics in Ukraine

The conflict over Kyiv's LGBT Pride march reveals the risks of conservative populism in Ukraine. 

 

Kyrgyzstan’s unfinished business

Moving on does not – indeed, definitely should not – mean sweeping past abuses under the rug, nor ignoring the blatant lack of justice for those abuses.

Corruption, credits and bad luck in Siberia: the crisis of Russian agriculture


RIAN_01440994.LR_.ru_.jpgIn Siberia, agriculture faces crisis after crisis as small farmers find themselves in debt caused by bad weather, bureaucracy and corruption.


From emancipation to restraint: violence and gender inequality in Azerbaijan

Passing laws against gender-motivated violence and gender inequality is not the same as putting them into practice.

 

The uses and abuses of history

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History is nowadays not only written by the victors, but by anybody who wants to use history for their own ends.

 


Blacklists in Belarus

This is presidential election year, which usually means a tightening of the screws on any hint of opposition.

 

Ukraine’s labour reforms threaten workers' rights

7410485.jpgThe oligarchs have joined forces to railroad a new labour code that strips Ukrainian workers of their already modest rights.

 

Samizdat in Samara

RIAN_00093275.LR_.ru_.jpgValery Pavlukevich, who recently passed away, was a regular contributor to oDR. In his last appearance on these pages, he tells Michael Laurence about the samizdat scene in his home city of Kuibyshev, now Samara.

Slavery in modern Russia

IMG_4441_0.PNGSlavery flourishes in Russian regions where a weak state, low salaries, and corrupt police make it profitable.

 

A dissident’s tale

One of the grey cardinals of modern Russian politics, Gleb Pavlovsky talks dissent, history and politics in the late-Soviet era.

 

Georgian fiction – in translation at last

Georgia_Mural (MEdwards).pngAt last, we can read what we have been missing – a literature as unpredictable as Georgian politics.

 

Yelena Mizulina: the creation of a conservative

RIAN_02517983.LR_.ru_.jpgToday, the name Yelena Mizulina is a byword for Russian ultra-conservatism. But her ‘patriotic’ policies have a surprisingly liberal backstory.

Transnistria: West Berlin of the post-Soviet world

How to play hardball: Ukraine's parliament has revoked the agreement between Russia and Ukraine on the movement of Russian troops through Ukrainian territory to Transnistria.

Kyrgyz LBGT attacked on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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Ahead of elections this autumn, the political drama around LGBT rights in Kyrgyzstan hots up.

 

How to bid goodbye to Lenin in Ukraine

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When talking about present day Ukraine and its new 'historical' laws, we need to think beyond ‘identity’ and ‘history’.

 

The elephant in the room at Riga

Russia was everywhere and nowhere at the recent Eastern Partnership summit in Riga.

 

Happy Independence Day, Georgia!

Since 1991, Georgia has celebrated Independence Day annually on 26 May. But this national holiday only exposes the gap between elites and the people.

 

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