Eastern Europe & Russia
- 11 April 2011
- The Proletarian Technical Musical Revolution
How Hollywood, heavy metal, and Boney M brought subversive ideologies to a closed city and helped bring down the Soviet Union.
- By Peter Rutland
- 8 April 2011
- Voina Declares War on Russian Philistines
A Russian public-art collective embarrassed the authorities with public sex and a gigantic phallus, but it was their attack on the police that stung officials into taking action against group members.
- By Vladimir Kozlov
- 7 April 2011
- Hungry and Humiliated
The recent death of an elderly shoplifter throws a glaring spotlight on Russia’s pathetic social safety net.
- By Galina Stolyarova
- 6 April 2011
- A Shorter Leash
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
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