Politics
A Divisive Anniversary

Why Putin is shy about celebrating the centenary of the Russian revolution.

21 April 2017
Around the Bloc
Mongolia Awarded Huge Bailout Package

Austerity measures will be tailored to protect the poor, IMF pledges.

21 April 2017
Around the Bloc
Floating Nuke Plant Nears Completion in St. Petersburg

Ecologists say the city needs an emergency plan, just in case.

21 April 2017
Around the Bloc
Chechen Leader Denies Reports of Gay Pogrom

Novaya Gazeta newspaper fears retribution from local Muslims infuriated over attack on their honor and faith.

21 April 2017
Around the Bloc
UN Court Rejects Key Part of Ukraine’s Case against Moscow

But ICJ orders Russia to stop discriminating against the Tatars in Crimea.

20 April 2017
Around the Bloc
Crisis at Retail Giant Agrokor Spreads Across Balkans

Troubled Croatian group and its suppliers employ over 100,000 in the region.

20 April 2017
Around the Bloc
Russian Journalist Dies after St. Petersburg Attack

Nikolai Andrushchenko, once a city councilor, became a thorn in the side of local politicians.

20 April 2017
Around the Bloc
Moldova Moves Closer to Russia-Led Trade Bloc: President

Not so fast, rejoins the prime minister, who recently inked a new agreement with the EU.

19 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
Mixed 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
Conflict & Diplomacy
The Thaw Is Over

Hopes that Lukashenka had turned over a new leaf were definitively quashed with the brutality and extent of the crackdown during and after the recent “parasites” demonstrations.

By Paulina Kaltavicanka
3 April 2017
Conflict & Diplomacy
The Donbas Apple of Discord

Experts weigh in on the implications of the ‘nationalization’ of Ukrainian companies in the rebel-eastern part of the country. From Hromadske.

By Yuri Petrushevski
29 March 2017
Society
PremiumThe Emperor’s New Clothes

Can an ordinary Belarusian dress just like President Lukashenka?

By Paulina Kaltavicanka
22 March 2017
Economy & Business
Islamic Banking Could Be Coming to the North Caucasus

A newly launched business association will try to navigate between Islamic law and Russian legislation. 

20 March 2017
Arts & Culture
PremiumArt in Ruins

Street art speaks to locals in Mostar.

By Bruno Stojcic and Asja Celebic
10 March 2017
Arts & Culture
PremiumKyiv: A City of Murals

Will the Ukrainian capital become a new center of street art culture?

By Viktoria Ischenko
9 March 2017
Arts & Culture
PremiumGirl Power Through Grafitti, from Prague to New York

The co-director of a documentary on female graffiti artists talks about the origins of the movement in Central Europe, the scene on the two sides of the Atlantic, and its future in the digital world. 

By Miyu Hayashi
7 March 2017

COLUMNS

Ivory Tower
Putin Joins the Climate Change Deniers

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

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

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
Middle Europa
The East’s Fear Explained to the West

It’s far too easy to just blame the phobia of migrants on racism and xenophobia. 

By MARTIN EHL
29 March 2017
Peter Rutland
IVORY TOWER
Cries From Syria Premium

The world watched, and watched, and watched.

By PETER RUTLAND
17 March 2017
Middle Europa
Poland’s Deceptive Enthusiasm for Europe Premium

Some Poles actually aren’t so comfortable with the values that the EU is pushing.

By MARTIN EHL
15 March 2017
The Fourth Estate
No Hope in Sight

Given the media’s role in recent elections, only a fool would think this year will be any better. 

By PETER GROSS
3 March 2017

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