The (Russian) meat of the matter

The Russian-led Customs Union has introduced new rules on slaughtering livestock. A massive rise in meat prices is forecast; and the end of small-scale farming.


Politkovskaya killers sentenced, but who hired them?

It took eight years to convict the suspects in Anna Politkovskaya’s murder, but the person who ordered the journalist’s killing has never been identified. на русском языке

The limitations of Russian propaganda in Ukraine

Russian TV is waging a propaganda war against Ukraine. But is it working?

The battle for Donetsk

People are not yet calling the situation in Eastern Ukraine a ‘civil war,’ but the battle for Donetsk might change that.


Turkmenistan – where everything in the garden looks rosy

State controlled media in Turkmenistan paint a pretty picture of life inside this closed country. But it is a picture that most citizens do not recognise, and they are increasingly challenging it. на русском языке

Секретные медали за несекретную операцию

Недавно в Кремле Президент Владимир Путин тайно наградил триста журналистов за «оъективное освешение» аннехии Крыма. Заскрченное вручение награждений проводится далеко в первый раз, но тут-то…? in English

Secret medals for a very public operation

President Putin recently rewarded some 300 journalists for their 'objective coverage' of the annexation of Crimea. The ceremony was held in secret and very little information is available. Why should this be? на русском языке

(Pa)trolling the RuNet

In Russia the information war isn’t just being waged on television and in print. Well-funded Kremlin-linked organisations are waging a battle for hearts and minds in cyberspace.

RuNet: the ‘Shit List’

In ten years, the number of active Russian internet users has leapt from 3% to 48% of the population, and counting. The government reacted by introducing a register of blacklisted sites. But some users are fighting back. на русском языке

RuNet: politics before profit

With most of the Russian media under Kremlin control, the internet has been a popular source of independent information. But now this window may be closing, with major online news sites blocked by the authorities.

The ‘Balkanisation’ of Russia’s internet

The internet in Russia, or ‘RuNet’, has developed largely free from state interference. But recent government initiatives paint a grim picture of its future.

The Eurosphere is losing Ukraine

Ukrainians may have had high expectations, but the unpleasant truth is that the EU has offered them more than it can deliver.


The seductive power of Seliger

Every year the Seliger All-Russia Youth Forum brings together tens of thousands of engaged young Russians for a week of edification in an idyllic natural setting. Its goal is to promote patriotism in Russia's future elites - and its methods are very persuasive.

Extremism in South-Eastern Ukraine

Extremists have hijacked the Anti-Maidan protests in South-Eastern Ukraine. and their extremism and ultranationalism is fomenting violence and hatred.


The Kremlin’s marriage of convenience with the European far right

Putin’s strong-arm tactics in Eastern Ukraine and ‘moral, family-based’ policies have won him ardent support from far-right European groups. But they should not be under any illusions...на русском языке

Building bridges in Russian civil society

Direct aid givers, civic activists, and political activists spend as much time arguing amongst themselves as they do building civil society. With such divisions, it is clear that bridges need to be built not only between civil society and the state.

Little green men

Events in Ukraine may develop with lightning speed, but the fear of war is ever present – a new kind of war. на русском языке


Polite people with guns

For 20 years Russians saw Ukraine as a parody of Russia, because 'Ukraine isn't Russia.' Now, our neighbours are suddenly our enemies; and nobody is laughing. How did we get here? (на русском языке)

The last camping ground

Russia’s oil goliaths have been devastating vast areas of natural landscape, and indigenous people’s lives, in their rush to extract the black gold that lies beneath. But a family of reindeer herders has taken them on. на русском языке

The challenges for Ukraine’s presidential election

On Sunday 25 May, President Putin permitting, 36.5 million voters will go to the polls in Ukraine to vote for a successor to President Viktor Yanukovych, ousted after three months of protests, and over 100 dead

Crime without punishment

The Highway Code does little to protect Russian citizens, especially pedestrians. High-ranking officials or people with connections get away, sometimes literally, with murder in today’s Russia and there is no redress for them under the law.

Is Russia outgunning Ukraine in the ‘information war’?

For both Moscow and Kyiv, TV is the key to winning the hearts and minds of Ukrainians. But who is winning the ‘information war’?

Dagestan: Russia’s hottest spot

Asked to name Russia’s most troublesome region, most people would plump for Chechnya. But its neighbour Dagestan is now officially the most dangerous part of the Federations.

No real threat to Ukraine’s Russian speakers

What are the ‘legitimate interests’ justifying Putin’s intervention into Ukraine? The most frequently identified interest is the situation of Russians and Russian-speakers. Is the Russian language really under threat?

The three ages of Putinism

Two years ago, on 4 March 2012, Russians went to the polls to elect a new president, and returned Vladimir Putin for his third term in office. Since then he has been putting the finishing touches to his personal ideology. на русском языке

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