Articles and Commentary

The Sun Sets in the East

the sun setsThe Suns Sets in the East is an avant-garde documentary film contrasting present-day Lithuania with extracts from a peasant's diary from 1984/85. 

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The curious case of Mikheil Saakashvili

Saakashvili 55When on July 26th 2017 it was declared that Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, decided to rescind his previous decision of granting Ukrainian citizenship to the former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, political commentators in Ukraine all agreed that this was one of Poroshenko’s most irrational decisions since assuming office. Now, when the Ukrainian authorities have detained Saakashvili's brother, David, who has been living in Kyiv, the case looks even more bizarre, where state institutions are being used as tools to stop potential political competition.

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Beyond Homo Sovieticus: Soviet identity as a weapon of mass deconstruction

dprFor decades, the idea of Homo Sovieticus dwelled in the imaginaries of people both east and west of the iron curtain. In the USSR, it was both a theoretical concept and a bright vision of the present and of the future, a cosmopolitan supra-national building project that was supposed to bring about a superior form of human existence, one in which true commitment to the Soviet cause would have led to untold Communist bounty.

 

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Corruption in Romania: Trends and prospects

corruptionIn this episode In between Europe discuss corruption trends and the trajectory of the anticorruption fight in Romania with Laura Stefan, an anti-corruption expert from the Romanian think tank Expert Forum. History minute: Historical determinism meets norm entrepreneurship.

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Striking down Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law

gay propagandaLast month’s European Court of Human Rights case of Bayev and others v. Russia is important in a legal sense and inconsequential in a practical sense. The Court decisively said that Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law violated freedom of expression and was discriminatory. Of the seven judges, six decided that Russia was in the wrong. Only one judge—the judge from Russia—said that the law complied with human rights. This is a decisive legal victory in favor of freedom of expression, but it is doubtful that the court case will influence views of LGBT people in Russia and the region.

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    New Eastern Europe's Continuing coverage of the Euromaidan Protests in Ukraine

    The Ukrainian government’s decision to put the country’s European integration on hold was met by a spontaneous protest of middle class and students. Three days later the rally organised by political parties attracted the biggest turnout since 2004 Orange revolution events.

     

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