Conflict & Diplomacy
The (New) State of Alania

A recent referendum renaming South Ossetia opened up the age-old topic about Alanian history and heritage in the Caucasus.  From JAMnews.

By Mikhail Shevelev
24 May 2017
Around the Bloc
Dozens Detained in Raids on Ukrainian Tax Offices

Corruption crackdowns have tended to fizzle out in Ukraine. Will this one be any different?

24 May 2017
Around the Bloc
Prominent Russian Director Questioned in Fraud Case

Cultural luminaries rise in defense of Kirill Serebrennikov following searches of his home and Moscow’s Gogol Center theater.

24 May 2017
Around the Bloc
Mongolia Bows to Pressure From IMF, Mining Majors

Desperately needed bailout money could start flowing soon.

24 May 2017
Books
Time of the Poisoners
A thorough account of the killings of Ukrainian nationalists by the KGB brings up parallels between the Russia of the 1950s and today. By Taras Kuzio
23 May 2017
Around the Bloc
Bulgaria Tops EU Road Death Statistics

Roads are substantially safer in the EU than they were 15 years ago, but the west-east divide is not closing.

23 May 2017
Around the Bloc
UN Report Warns of Growing Clampdown in Belarus

After a period of going easy on dissent, the Lukashenka regime crushed nationwide protests in March.

23 May 2017
Around the Bloc
Trial of Suspected Coup Plotters Set to Start in Montenegro

Government says Serbian nationalists backed by Russia planned to overthrow pro-NATO government.

23 May 2017
Society
Special Treatment

The use of punitive psychiatry against political opponents appears to be on the upswing in post-Soviet states.

By Madeline Roache
19 May 2017
Politics
Changing the Rules of the Game in Moldova
In Moldova, changes to the electoral system are afoot – but the motivations seem far from democratic. From openDemocracy. By Mihai Popsoi
17 May 2017
Economy & Business
Made in Uzbekistan Brand Wows Tajikistan
When a delegation of traders from Uzbekistan recently came to show off their wares in Tajikistan, it caused a minor sensation. From EurasiaNet.org.
15 May 2017
Economy & Business
Bringing Home the Bacon

Young Slovaks seem to have higher work standards than previous generations, and not everybody is happy about that. From Global Voices. 

By Tibor Blazko
11 May 2017
Education
Back to the Future?

Poland’s conservative government believes a return to the structure of the old educational system can produce smart, modern kids. Many disagree.

By Wojciech Kosc
10 May 2017
Society
PremiumA Potent Mix

Recent incidents in Belarus show that pan-Slavism and Neo-Nazism do go together.

By Veranika Laputska
9 May 2017
Arts & Culture
The Forgotten Art of Karakalpakstan
A Moscow show brings a little known avant-garde collection from Uzbekistan to a wider audience. From EurasiaNet.org.
4 May 2017
Society
PremiumA Peek into Wonderland

What has happened to Mezhygorie, the infamously opulent estate of former President Victor Yanukovych, since he fled the country three years ago? 

2 May 2017
People
On the Waiting List
Internally displaced people from the Nagorno Karabakh conflict have spent more than two decades in temporary housing, despite Azerbaijan’s promises of resettlement. From the Caucasian Knot. By Faik Medzhid
27 April 2017
People
Crimean Attorneys Don’t Have It Easy

After the Russian annexation, few Crimean law professionals are eager to take on sensitive, politically charged cases. From Euroradio.

By Ales Pilecki and Zmicier Lukashuk
24 April 2017
People
Georgia's Five-Year-Old Prince Prepares to Reign
Although the restoration of the Bagration dynasty seems unlikely, Crown Prince Giorgi has some influential players in his corner, starting with the Georgian Orthodox Church leader. From EurasiaNet.org. By Tamar Kikacheishvili
19 April 2017
Media
The Fate of Independent Media in Crimea

After the Russian annexation, journalists had to choose between leaving, embracing a pro-Russian stance, or avoiding politics altogether. From Euroradio.

By Ales Pilecki and Zmicier Lukashuk
14 April 2017
Media
Tightening the RuNet Screws

Russian lawmakers want to ban kids from social media, require ‘real name’ registration. From Global Voices. 

By Kevin Rothrock
6 April 2017
Conflict & Diplomacy
PremiumMixed Motives

Smeared by some as mere mercenaries, a band of Georgians fighting in Ukraine says neither money nor revenge underlies their drive to battle Russia on all fronts.

By Tatiana Kozak
5 April 2017

COLUMNS

Balkan Eye
Smooth Operator

With his third ascent to power, an adaptable Boyko Borissov seems to embrace yet another role.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
18 May 2017
Middle Europa
The Czech Republic’s European Question

Beyond power games, the current political crisis centers on checks and balances underlying liberal democracies in the region.

By MARTIN EHL
12 May 2017
The Fourth Estate
The Fake Newness of Fake News Premium

World faked out by phenomenon known oh so well in Eastern Europe!

By PETER GROSS
3 May 2017
Middle Europa
Where Are the Macrons of Central Europe? Premium

Attitudes towards the EU, and optimism versus pessimism, offer partial explanations for their scarcity. 

By MARTIN EHL
26 April 2017
Ivory Tower
Putin Joins the Climate Change Deniers Premium

Were his comments just off-the-cuff remarks, or a reflection of a deeper policy change?

By ELIZABETH PLANTAN AND PETER RUTLAND
18 April 2017
Middle Europa
How to Be an Optimist in a Populist Central Europe Premium

The thriving startup and entrepreneurial culture gives one hope about the future of the local labor market. 

By MARTIN EHL
13 April 2017
The Fourth Estate
Fake News in the Service of Post-Truth Belarus Premium

The fate of the Independent Institute for Socio-Economic and Political Studies emphasizes the need to protect the few remaining independent sources of information in the country.  

By PETER GROSS
6 April 2017

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