The Vostok Report
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The Vostok Report

The news to 29 September 2013   Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova has gone on hunger strike over conditions at her Siberian prison. Tolokonnikova described her complaint in a letter published in The Guardian and elsewhere: “The living and working-condition violations at PC-14 are endless. However, my main and most important grievance is bigger than any … Continue reading

The Hungarian authorities and the Roma
Analysis

The Hungarian authorities and the Roma

Roma communities throughout Eastern Europe experience discrimination every day from lack of access to quality healthcare to de facto segregation in many schools. This summer, events in the town of Ózd in northern Hungary raised the spectre of a new, dangerous form of direct discrimination against the struggling local community. Vostok Cable’s Lili Bayer has … Continue reading

A View from the Urals: Nizhny Tagil and the anti-Putin protests
Analysis / Travel

A View from the Urals: Nizhny Tagil and the anti-Putin protests

During a visit to the Urals, Paul Hansbury sought locals’ opinions about the recent anti-government protests in Moscow and other parts of Russia. Igor Kholmanskikh’s fifteen minutes of fame came in December 2011. Kholmanskikh was Deputy Director of the assembly line at Uralvagonzavod, Russia’s largest battle tank manufacturer, situated in the city of Nizhny Tagil. … Continue reading

Back in the USSR
Reviews

Back in the USSR

Vostok Cable editor, Josh Black, reviews How The Beatles Rocked the Kremlin. The untold story of a noisy revolution. By: Leslie Woodhead. Publisher: Bloomsbury, New York, 2013. What began as the peak of youthful idealism collapsed under unprecedented cynicism, long before outsiders expected. Whether it was external influences, the corrupting influence of money, or sheer … Continue reading