The Western romance with Alexei Navalny needs to stop

OPINION Alexei Navalny, a major voice of Russia’s opposition, has had quite the year. After being poisoned with novichok at the hands of the FSB in August 2020, he spent five months recuperating in Germany. Upon returning to Russia in January of this year, he was arrested at the airport, triggering widespread protests across the … Continue reading The Western romance with Alexei Navalny needs to stop

Protests erupt across Russia in support of Navalny

REPORT Protests broke out across Russia today in support of jailed anti-corruption activist, Aleksei Navalny. From Vladivostok to Kaliningrad – separated by 8 time zones – Russians took to the streets at 2pm local time to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the Putin regime, despite the protest being declared illegal by the authorities. Demonstrations took place … Continue reading Protests erupt across Russia in support of Navalny

Konstantin Kotov and the sorry state of freedom of expression in today’s Russia

OPINION On the 16th December, Russian activist Konstantin Kotov was released from a penal colony situated 100 kilometres from Moscow. He had served eighteen months after being convicted for violating the country's numerous rules that regulate protesting and mass actions. Kotov was first arrested during the anti-Kremlin protests that rocked Moscow in the summer of … Continue reading Konstantin Kotov and the sorry state of freedom of expression in today’s Russia

“Unlearned lessons from the past will lead to repeated tragedies.” An interview with the man helping to lead the fight to safeguard a mass grave in Yekaterinburg

INTERVIEW Politika News spoke to Anatolii Svechnikov, coordinator of the civil rights NGO, Уральский Мемориал (Ural Memorial), which is a local branch of the post-Soviet civil rights group Мемориал (Memorial) led by academics and activists. The organisation dedicates itself to raising awareness about the oppression and persecution that took place throughout the Soviet Union, and … Continue reading “Unlearned lessons from the past will lead to repeated tragedies.” An interview with the man helping to lead the fight to safeguard a mass grave in Yekaterinburg

Building over a mass grave: Russian council continues its erasure of Stalin’s Terror

REPORT Activists from the Ural branch of the post-Soviet historical and civil rights NGO, Memorial, are raising the alarm, after finding evidence that the local council in Yekaterinburg is commencing a new construction project within a known mass burial ground for an estimated minimum of 20,000 victims of Stalin's Terror. The local authorities have thus … Continue reading Building over a mass grave: Russian council continues its erasure of Stalin’s Terror

Nagorno-Karabakh: Russia’s struggle to be mediator in the Caucasus

OPINION The Caucasus, a region that has long been characterised by warfare and instability, has seen some of its most violent fighting in decades between Armenia and Azerbaijan, over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. This conflict is the latest in a series of shocks to what Moscow considers the Russian sphere of influence, which appears … Continue reading Nagorno-Karabakh: Russia’s struggle to be mediator in the Caucasus

The complicated relationship between Russia’s youth and their President

OPINION This year marks twenty years since Vladimir Putin won his first election as Russian President, a post that he shows no signs of leaving in the near, or even mid-term, future. Earlier this year, members of his party proposed amendments to the Russian constitution which would ‘zero’ the number of terms that he has … Continue reading The complicated relationship between Russia’s youth and their President

In the midst of the Belarus protests, Poland’s Ostpolitik requires rethinking

OPINION The hesitation of Polish diplomats during 2020 Belarusian protests exposes a deeper crisis in the Polish approach towards its Eastern neighbours. Meanwhile, Lithuanian diplomacy has proved to be surprisingly active and effective. What is the source of this difference and what are the main motives behind Poland's Eastern policy? Only two weeks ago Zbigniew … Continue reading In the midst of the Belarus protests, Poland’s Ostpolitik requires rethinking

The West may have to choose caution when dealing with Lukashenko

OPINION The man commonly referred to as ‘Europe’s last dictator’ is in crisis. Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus since 1994, has lost his legitimacy as the leader of the Belarusian people. Demonstrations sprung up across Belarus after official results of the presidential election on the 9th August declared that he had won 80% of … Continue reading The West may have to choose caution when dealing with Lukashenko