Eastern Europe & Russia

15 April 2011
Rights for the Inconvenient Ones Premium

Russian judges and lawmakers are slowly taking heed of the plight of people kept in institutions without consent.

14 April 2011
Three Against the Establishment Premium

It’s not hard to do provocative art, but in Moldova it can be a challenge to arouse public interest in fringe culture.

By Alexandru Eftode
12 April 2011
Getting Back to Nature, Slavic Style Premium

Ukraine’s modern-day pagans run the gamut from artsy sun worshippers to hard, angry metal bands.

By Ksenia Korzun
Surkov cover
12 April 2011
Dark Prince of the Kremlin Premium

The speeches and essays of Vladislav Surkov – half-Chechen, one-time aide to Khodorkovsky, sometime novelist, and current-day political technician – reveal a scary self-awareness. From openDemocracy.

By Richard Sakwa
11 April 2011
Poland's Body Blow Premium

The Smolensk plane crash might have been a chance for rapprochement between Russia and Poland, but it was too useful as a political tool.

By Wojciech Kosc and Parker Snyder
Dnepr rocket
11 April 2011
The Proletarian Technical Musical Revolution Premium

How Hollywood, heavy metal, and Boney M brought subversive ideologies to a closed city and helped bring down the Soviet Union.

By Peter Rutland



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