The Russian Orthodox Church under Patriarch Kirill

RIA Aleksei Druzhinin Putin Abkhazia.jpgUnder Patriarch Kirill, the Russian Orthodox Church has become an integral element of the hegemonic narrative that has been created in Putin’s Russia, to inoculate the country from pernicious outside influences.

The Russian politics of multiculturalism

RIA Aleksei Druzhinin Putin Abkhazia.jpgThe relationship between religion and ethnicity on the one hand, and civic assimilation on the other, is far less harmonious than Putin’s magniloquence asserts.

Sanctions and regime survival

The sanctions knife cuts both ways – rallying around the flag, and regime change.

 

 

Requiem for EuroMaidan

As Ukraine turns into an oligarch republic, civil society has few chances left to make itself the true victor of EuroMaidan.

 

Interview with a murderer

There are currently 59,000 women in Russian penal establishments. For many of them prison is not so much a punishment, more a way of life.

Ukraine’s European integration

If the EU is serious about helping Ukraine, both parties should focus on the country’s most glaring problem, and the Maidan’s principal demands – justice and the rule of law.

Moldova's ambiguous European integration

EU:Moldova flag - Yuriy Vlasenko - Shutterstock.jpgThe EU may like to think of Moldova as its ‘star pupil’, but its unconditional support for successive corrupt governments may have lost it the support of the country’s people.

 

Abkhazia's unequal partnership with Russia

RIA Aleksei Druzhinin Putin Abkhazia.jpgAbkhazia’s Strategic Partnership Agreement with Russia may be unpopular among the break-away republic’s population, but the government is keen to implement it and is clamping down on dissent.

Agreement by association: Georgia edges closer to Europe

Georgia’s signing of the Association Agreement with the EU has been welcomed by the country’s people and its elite, but it will likely not be the panacea they hope.

 

Who killed Boris Nemtsov?

RIAN Ilya Pitalev Nemtsov.jpg The murder of Boris Nemtsov tells us not that Putin is a strong leader, but rather one who has lost his grip.

 

Rethinking Eurasia's future

1000px-Flag_mix_United_States_Russia_EU.svg Kaster.pngWhile an economic and political union between Russia and Europe is unlikely, it could serve the interests of both sides in an increasingly hostile world.

Outsourcing sovereignty from Russia to Chechnya

Markedonov pic.jpgJust like in business, the centre of Russia has transferred a range of its functions to a regional political ‘contractor’. But now the tail is starting to wag the dog.

 

The crackdown in Azerbaijan

Preident Aliyev - Flickr - World Economic Forum.jpgIn allowing the Aliyev regime to suppress human rights and democracy, the West is hurting its own interests.

 

Vying for influence in Ukraine

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Oligarchs and Western experts are lining up to shape the future of Ukraine. But they're not all on the same side.

 

A guide to political persecution in Russia

Andrey Stenin - VisualRIAN - Dissident.jpgA raft of new criminal offences allows the government’s opponents to be arrested for just about anything – or nothing.

 

Psychiatric abuse of transgender people in Russia

shutterstock_175109303.jpgThe existence of the diagnosis ‘Transsexualism’ in any form leads to psychiatric abuse, and negatively impacts the lives of transgender people in Russia.

When Russia sneezes, Central Asia catches a cold

Simon_opt022 crop 65x80.jpgRussia’s financial crisis has produced a contagious effect in Central Asia, where cheap oil is exacerbating the poor economic outlook.

 

The empire that is Shakhtar Donetsk FC

Anton Hlushchenko - Shakhtar Stadium - Shutterstock.jpgRinat Akhmetov, Ukraine’s richest man, has financed the success of Shakhtar Donetsk FC. But war in the Donbas means that the club is now playing in Lviv, 1,200 kilometres away from its home in Donetsk. Can it survive?

 

Regime preservation in Central Asia

Summit pic - Photopress Kremlin.ru_.jpegFor elites in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, regime preservation is priority number one. Even if that means cozying up to Putin.

 

Six steps to return Russia to economic growth

Rodionov Crop pic.jpgThe Russian economy is under pressure: it’s time for an alternative.

 

8 March: in praise of Russian women

8 march - berna namoglu - shutterstock.jpgRussia’s celebration of International Women’s Day may be commercial and kitsch, but that doesn’t mean Russian women should stop celebrating it.

 

Regulating the Moscow hack pack

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While journalists have a certain fondness for gallows humour, it often lands them in trouble. But new moves to institute a code of ethics at Russia's leading talk radio station could be more than a question of taste. 

What has gone wrong with reform in Ukraine?

International_Monetary_Fund_logo.svg_.png - Ssolbergj - Wiki.pngWhat has gone wrong with reform in Ukraine? There will be no IMF bailout without economic, political and social reform. So why do Ukrainian politicians drag their feet?

 

 

Georgian Muslims are strangers in their own country

Mosque in Chechla.jpgThe Republic of Georgia is an avowedly Christian country, but one out of every ten Georgian citizens is Muslim. 

 

The Crimean conundrum

RIA Mikhail Voskresenskiy.jpgOne year since Crimea was annexed by Russia, polling reveals that (with the notable exception of the Tatars) the new order enjoys legitimacy among the population.

The retreat from Debaltseve

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Ukrainian troops may have withdrawn from Debaltseve, but the country’s unofficial forces are planning a new offensive.

 

Boris Nemtsov: murder in an atmosphere of hate

The death of Boris Nemtsov, in the shadow of the Kremlin, is rooted in the atmosphere of hate which has been building in Russia for the past year. And Nemtsov was quite unlike the man often portrayed.

Detaining the president’s daughter

Karimova under house arrest Dore Ryan.jpgA year on from her disappearance from public life, what does the treatment of Gulnara Karimova reveal about Uzbekistan’s rights crisis?

Тревожное будущее крымских татар

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Сообщения о запугивании, похищениях и уголовных делах в отношении Крымских татар продолжают поступать с полуострова. Будущее этой этнической группы находится под большим вопросом. in English

The uncertain future of the Crimean Tatars

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As reports of kidnapping, intimidation and criminal investigations into Crimean Tatars continue to emerge from the peninsula, the future of this Turkic minority looks uncertain. на русском языке

 

Куда исчезла вся дикая природа Сибири?

Widderkopf_B CC Hajotthu Crop.jpgБраконьерство серьезно понизило количество диких животных в Сибири и, кажется, руководству национальных и краевых парков до этого нет никакого дела. in English

Where has all the wildlife gone in Siberia?

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Poaching is drastically reducing numbers of many wildlife species in Siberia, and government at national and regional level doesn’t seem to care. на русском языке

Памятник репрессированным как поражение памяти о трагедии

Monument screenshot.pngПамятник репрессированным из бетона и мрамора, сооружаемый на государственные деньги, сам по себе является проявлением тоталитарного мышления. in English

Russia’s repressive monument to victims of political repression

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 15.36.17.pngThe Russian state’s recognition of terror victims in marble and concrete is its own form of totalitarianism. на русском языке

 

Spymania returns to Russia

Spy cartoon - Shutterstock - Tomacco_0.jpgUnder the ‘new and improved’ law against spying, anyone can be suspected of espionage or treason in Russia. And that's the point. на русском языке

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