People
Running in Place

Ukrainian officials haven’t stopped agitating for the release of political prisoners in Russia, but in an interview, the cousin of jailed film director Oleg Sentsov says she’s heard things are at a dead end. From Hromadske.

By Sergey Mokrushin
27 June 2017
Around the Bloc
Estonia Gears for EU Presidency

Migration, technology set to be main talking points during Baltic country’s stint at the head of the EU table.

28 June 2017
Around the Bloc
Ukraine Rocked by Ransomware Attack

Officials also suggest Russia was behind yesterday’s death of a military intelligence officer in Kyiv.

28 June 2017
Around the Bloc
New Romanian Premier Set to Name Government

Mihai Tudose seen as close to powerful Social Democrat leader Liviu Dragnea.

28 June 2017
Around the Bloc
Dutch Responsibility for Srebrenica Upheld by Court Ruling

Confirming a 2014 verdict, the current ruling holds the country’s UN troops partially accountable and asks them to pay for damages. 

27 June 2017
Around the Bloc
Russia to Have Marginal Role in One Belt, One Road

Moscow and Beijing agree to cooperate on new Silk Road, despite differing views on economic partnership. 

27 June 2017
Around the Bloc
Russia Riled By Polish Decision to Destroy Red Army Monuments

Adding insult to injury, the Sejm voted for the bill on a day Russia commemorates those who lost their lives in the fight against Nazism. 

23 June 2017
Around the Bloc
Unpredictable Elections Coming Up in Mongolia

All three presidential candidates face corruption allegations. 

23 June 2017
Society
What’s a House Without a Balcony?

A town in southern Armenia is determined to preserve its architectural heritage, including a peculiarity once fashionable in the 19th century. From Jamnews.

By Anahit Baghdasaryan
23 June 2017
Arts & Culture
'This Life Isn’t Worth a Damn'
More often than not, Czech intellectuals live a precarious existence. From The Conversation. By Jaroslav Fiala
21 June 2017
Around the Bloc
Astana Expo’s Future Vision Attracts Meager Crowds

Event’s PR chief launches attack on Foreign Policy piece panning the exhibition.

20 June 2017
People
We Like It Here, But We Want to Go to Austria

For Chechen refugees, the route from Belarus to Poland only takes three days with the right papers, but for others it can take an eternity. From Euroradio. 

By Ales Pilecki
15 June 2017
Education
PremiumHard to Handle
A plagiarism scandal involving the Minister of Science and Education still stirs Croatia. From Global Voices. By Filip Stojanovski
1 June 2017
People
Is Georgia Still Safe for Azerbaijani Dissidents?

Azerbaijani dissidents are wondering whether Georgia will remain a safe haven, given its western neighbor’s record investments. From openDemocracy.

By Lamiya Adilgizi
25 May 2017
Books
PremiumTime 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
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

COLUMNS

Peter Rutland
Are We in a New Cold War?

There are crucial differences between relations now and then between Russia/the Soviet Union and the United States. 

By PETER RUTLAND
22 June 2017
Balkan Eye
De-Balkanizing the Balkans

Bulgaria’s EU presidency next year probably won’t be very grandiose, but that doesn’t mean it won’t have purpose. 

By BOYKO VASSILEV
19 June 2017
Middle Europa
Common Sense Instead of Russophobia

The lessons that Lithuania has learned about Russia the hard way could prove valuable for other countries. 

By MARTIN EHL
13 June 2017
The Fourth Estate
Push the Alarm Bell Already

It’s time to put the catastrophic state of the region’s media freedom front and center.

By PETER GROSS
2 June 2017
Middle Europa
Taking Their Chances Premium

A newly formed Slovak movement is challenging a neo-Nazi stronghold in central Slovakia. 

By MARTIN EHL
26 May 2017
Balkan Eye
Smooth Operator Premium

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 Premium

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

By MARTIN EHL
12 May 2017

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