On the death of Boris Nemtsov
Analysis

On the death of Boris Nemtsov

What can, and should, result from this moment of tragedy is a full appraisal of Nemtsov’s work and the fate of the liberal opposition. Continue reading

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Are Crimeans really Russian nationalists and separatists?
Analysis

Are Crimeans really Russian nationalists and separatists?

With Ukraine’s protests apparently lacking the support of much of the country, attention has again focused on Crimea – an ethnically Russian region described by some as ‘the dog that didn’t bark.’ According to Ellie Knott, who studies the region, concerned journalists are only telling half the story. The majority of the news pieces written … Continue reading

“Yes, we can say No”- A new chapter in Albania’s protests
Analysis

“Yes, we can say No”- A new chapter in Albania’s protests

Great Power politics has isolated ordinary citizens in Albania. Mass protests pushing the government to refuse Syrian chemical weapons have so far gained little attention. Sashenka Lleshaj comments on this new phenomenon. After Bashar al-Assad decided to ratify the United Nations Chemical Weapons Convention and subsequent Security Council resolution 2118, which set 30 July 2014 … 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