• Welcome to Karimovstan

    Islam Karimov, who has been at the helm of power for a quarter-century, won the opaque presidential election in Uzbekistan held on March 29th. This means one thing – stagnation.

  • Czech Echoes of the Kremlin's Information War

    The formidable information war conducted by the Kremlin erodes Western societies by preying on their internal divisions. The Czech Republic, a former Soviet satellite, is no exception.

  • Rysskräck and Sweden’s Ambivalence

    Sweden has a sizeable Russian diaspora, whose organisations have in recent years been gradually co-opted into the Kremlin’s Russkiy Mir network of influence.

  • The Struggle Continues in Georgia

    After rallies in April 2013 and November 2014 oppositional United National Movement again expressed its discontent with the policy of the ruling Georgian Dream party.

  • Democratic Change Always Comes from Within

    A conversation with Maria Leissner, Secretary General of the Community of Democracies: "I believe that the greatest threat to Putin’s power comes from his own dissatisfied citizens and nowhere else."

  • Elections in Moldova's Gagauzia: Particularities and prognoses

    The election campaign in Moldova’s autonomous region of Gagauzia is over and its people voted on March 22nd 2015 for their next bashkan (governor).

  • Crimea is Ours! One year after annexation

    In the spring of 2014 the slogan most often heard on Russian television was “Crimea is ours!” In 2015, however, words like these are no longer shouted on the streets of Sevastopol or Simferopol.


  • Crimea is our Homeland

    An interview with Mustafa Dzhemilev, leader of the Crimean Tatar National Movement: "Half a month prior to the invasion by Russian troops, I was requested to attend a meeting with a fairly influential figure of the Russian federal security service."

  • Who Benefits from Gazprom’s Turn to Asia?

    The Chinese minister of foreign affairs declared on March 8th that by the end of 2015, his country will sign another contract with Russia for the delivery of around 30 billion cubic metres of gas per year from western Siberia.

  • We Are All Losing in Ukraine

    An interview with Hiski Haukkala, a Professor of International Relations at the University of Tampere and a Special Adviser at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

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