• Open Letter on the Dissolution of Memorial

    We express our disapproval of the recent claim submitted to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation by the Russian Justice Ministry to dissolve the Russian Historical, Educational, Charity and Human Rights Society “Memorial”.

  • The Russification of Serbia

    As the largest predominantly Orthodox and Slavic country in Central Europe not yet a member of the EU and not in the process of NATO integration, Serbia is an easy target for Russia’s soft power.

  • Photo Report: March to Commemorate UPA

    On October 14th, Svoboda party members and sympathisers of Ukrainian nationalism organised in Kyiv a march to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA).

  • Ušakovs Has Riga, Latvians Have the Government

    “The Russians won!” is how most international media reported on the recent parliamentary election in Latvia. The victory of the social-democratic alliance Harmony Centre, led by the Mayor of Riga, Nils Ušakovs is a fact, but only in the Russified Riga.

  • The Solitary Voice

    Svetlana Alexievich speaks of the president’s success in a level-headed way: “If someone created Belarus, it is, unfortunately, not us, not the national intelligentsia. Unfortunately, it is Lukashenka.”


  • Russia’s Game Versus European Rules

    Ukraine’s position at this point is that the European Commission should support every country which is willing to use the European law as a role model. Negotiations between Gazprom and Naftogaz should be then conducted in following format: Ukraine and the EU versus Russia.

  • Sukhumi-Tbilisi Railway Revisited

    After two decades of silence, in 2012 the new Georgian government provoked some talks about re-opening the railway stretching from Russia, through Abkhazia, Georgia, to Armenia. However, the re-opening of the Sukhumi-Tbilisi rail link is both politically and economically unjustified.

  • Jan Nowak-Jeziorański: A Sketch for a Portrait

    In the history of 20th century Poland, there exist a few exceptional and symbolic figures. Undoubtedly, one of them is Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, the long-time chief of the Polish section of Radio Free Europe. October 2nd 2014 is the 100th anniversary of his birthday.

  • Can Visegrad Survive the Ukrainian Crisis?

    When the Visegrad Group was established in the early 90s, the potential Russian threat was one of the key factors for cooperation. Now, when Russia’s imperial ambitions seem to be fact, Poland is the only state in the region which supports Ukraine unambiguously.

  • Ukraine and Transnistria: A Troubled Borderland

    Kyiv has taken steps both in favour and against restoring Moldova’s territorial integrity. Such an approach – sometimes called benevolent neutrality – has contributed to the survival of Transnistria as a quasi-state.

  • The Quiet Elections

    As in the previous elections, oligarchic clans are still likely to figure prominently, but this time different clans stand to benefit. Whereas at previous elections the Donbas clan came to the fore, they are now variously exiled.

  • Europe’s Mistakes

    Europe forgets that Putin does not act as a politician, but as a special agent, conducting special operations. One by one, he carries out a successful operation in Ukraine, in the tactical sense, but constantly worsens his own situation in a strategic one.

  • Immunity for Gazprom?

    By its decision to suspend the antitrust investigation into Gazprom, the European Commission showed that the EU is ready for another rotten compromise with Russia – the so-called “gas Yalta” over Ukraine.

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