Eastern Europe & Russia

7 April 2011
Hungry and Humiliated Premium

The recent death of an elderly shoplifter throws a glaring spotlight on Russia’s pathetic social safety net.

By Galina Stolyarova
Belarus Freedom Day
6 April 2011
A Shorter Leash Premium

The crackdown in Belarus’ provinces has been less fierce than in Minsk, but that may be because the regime has tighter control there.

By Andrei Khrapavitski
5 April 2011
Absurd, Banal, and Cruel

An extraordinary account of an ordinary case shows why the phrase "Russian justice" has become an oxymoron. From openDemocracy.

By Andrei Loshak
5 April 2011
Blocking Out Its Rivals Premium

Kyiv is pursuing changes to voting laws that would make it virtually impossible for any major opposition to fare well in next year’s elections.

By Sergey Sydorenko
4 April 2011
A System of Overlapping Powers Premium

Formal institutions and rules in the post-Soviet world do matter. But informal arrangements matter much more – as the example of Ukraine shows time and again.

By Mykola Riabchuk
1 April 2011
Minsk’s Frightened Bully Premium

The merciless crackdown that continues across Belarus looks like nothing so much as fear.

By Henadz Kesner



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