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Russian journalism’s double white lines

A recent leak from a leading Russian media outlet has sparked a bitter debate about censorship and professional ethics, exposing how fragmented Russia’s journalist community truly is. Русский

What does the murder of Pavel Sheremet say about contemporary Ukraine?

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Two years after EuroMaidan, Ukraine's culture of impunity remains a deadly threat to freedom of expression.

 

Двойная сплошная

Запись разговора между новыми руководителями РБК и коллективом журналистов проливает свет не только на внутренний порядок работы российских медиа, но и поднимает вопрос о профессиональной этике. English

“Государство вместо того, чтобы защищать граждан и блюсти закон, занимается ровно противоположным”

Последнее слово на суде новосибирца Дмитрия Петрова, который провел в следственном изоляторе 28 месяцев.

«Переворачивание костей» по-русски

Спустя семьдесят лет после окончания войны тела многих погибших тогда советских солдат по-прежнему лежат в полях и болотах по всему восточному фронту. При этом российское государство не стесняется использовать память о них для подавления общественной дискуссии. English

The standoff in Yerevan

The raid by Karabakh war veterans on a police station in Armenia’s capital may appear an isolated incident, but it could herald a deeper crisis.

Поверх барьеров дискурса. Часть 2

Как вели себя медиа-посредники до Путина и после Мюнхена, и если есть смысл у Обамы пойти по пути Рейгана. 

From civil disobedience to armed violence: political developments in Armenia

On Sunday, an armed group seized a Yerevan police station. Their claims have chimed with recent civic initiatives, and reveal how the marginalisation of activism can help fuel the search for more extreme methods. 

In defence of society: an open platform

This manifesto was penned by a group of Russian activists and intellectuals about the current political situation in Russia, and what must be done to change it.

Russia, America, it's time to talk face-to-face

During the late 1980s, superpower leaders demagnitised international confrontation by speaking directly to the other side. Why shouldn't we do this again? Русский

In Ukraine, not only heroes deserve justice

A Ukrainian blogger sentenced for his scandalous views on the conflict in the Donbas has just been released. Whatever his shortcomings, Ruslan Kotsaba deserved our solidarity.

We have lift-off on speaking out on sexual violence

In Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, many reactions to a recent online flashmob against sexual violence have been depressing and misogynistic. But this controversy can also be a path toward change. 

Ад совсем рядом

Флэшмоб #янебоюсьсказать стал первым опытом массового свидетельства о сексуальном насилии. То, как его восприняли, говорит не столько о насилии, сколько об обществе, в котором живут и жертвы, и преступники.

Роздуми на проспекті Бандери

Дискусії про історичні політики та міфотворчість в Україні часто-густо однобічні й незбалансовані. Комплексний підхід до соціальної й культурної гібридності – в минулому і нині – як ніколи на часі. English

Way down in Pankisi

Georgia’s Pankisi Valley has gained a reputation for violent extremism in recent years. But the international community’s attention isn’t just unwanted, it’s harmful.

“F*** You Obama”: the American MMA fighter and Russia’s Communists

Russia’s Communist party is tired of its role as “the tame opposition” — and is now using anti-capitalist wrestler Jeff Monson to win the youth vote.

Ilan Shor and the search for Moldova’s missing billion

This small-town “investor mayor” rose to fame in 2015. Now he’s behind bars. But the real story behind the arrest of one of Moldova’s most famous businessmen remains to be uncovered. Русский

Ukraine’s authoritarian signals

Recent unconstitutional legislation is smoothing the way for direct rule in Ukraine — and repeating past mistakes.

Поверх барьеров дискурса

Что такое медиа-посредники и как они сформировали сегодняшнюю международную политику. English

Noah’s Valley is drying up

Corruption, ill-conceived fish farming and mismanagement are contributing to a water crisis in Armenia’s Ararat Valley. 

Илан Шор и поиски пропавшего миллиарда

Пообещав, что станет "мэром - инвестором", год назад Илан Шор возглавил молдавский город Оргеев. Возможно, совсем ненадолго. English

1991 and 2016: historic mistakes

What Brexit and the break-up of the USSR have (and do not have) in common. 

Belarus from behind bars

What is it like to be thrown into a Belarusian jail? Political prisoners tell their stories. Русский

Brexit: the view from Eurasia

Whether you’re in Mariupol or Margate, politics has become an organic part of the tabloid press. Our media should change to tackle this.

Neoliberalism, mining and Armenia's politics of plunder

The resurgence of fighting with Azerbaijan could hinder progressive mobilisation in Armenia, but recent environmental initiatives reveal the appetite for resistance to the economy of extraction.

The trap of “countering Russia”

Across eastern Europe, US engagement against Russia is having an adverse effect on grassroots protesters – and no easy solution is forthcoming.

Their security, our poverty: militarisation and Lithuania’s new labour code

There are signs that a new movement is emerging against austerity in Lithuania, but it will have to contend with a new militarised nationalism. 

Свидетельства из тюрьмы

Пенитенциарная система Белоруссии – одна из самых закрытых в мире. Иностранного журналиста не пустят в тюрьму, а заключенные вряд ли будут откровенны - за любую жалобу их ждет наказание. 

Unearthing Russia’s war dead, over and over again

Seventy years after the war, many of Russia’s dead still lie scattered in fields and bogs across the eastern front. The Russian state has no problem instrumentalising their memories to shut down discussion. Русский

Bandera mythologies and their traps for Ukraine

Our discussion of history politics and mythmaking in Ukraine is desperately un-nuanced. We need to restore complexity to our understanding of social and cultural hybridity — past and present. Українською

No, Russia is not preparing for all-out war

12946.jpgRussia’s snap military mobilisation drills are an internal exercise. But troublesome relations with the west could still have unintended (and unpleasant) consequences.

 

Ukraine’s rulers are backing themselves into a corner

As Europe's sanctions resolve against Russia evaporates, Ukraine's domestic political contest is heating up — Kyiv is turning its sights on the constitutional court. 

Georgia at the crossroads

Georgia's visa liberalisation process with the European Union could be delayed. This is bad news for a fragile democracy.

Big government is back in Dagestan

Dagestan's Khasavyurt is a city that never quite fit into Russia's power vertical — and local government is starting to feel the consequences. Русский

Хасавюрт: государство возвращается

В городе, который 18 лет жил по своим правилам, республиканская власть наводит порядок – как слон в посудной лавке. English

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