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Are opinion polls a guide to Ukrainian elections? Not necessarily

Ahead of next years Presidential elections in Ukraine, opinion polls are just as doubtful as they have been before crucial elections in the West.

July 16, 2018 - Taras Kuzio

Memory on Volhynia still divides. A recent Polish survey leaves no doubts

July 11th 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the mass killing of Poles in Volhynia by Ukrainian nationalists. In anticipation of the anniversary and the ongoing public debate, the Polish research centre CBOS has surveyed Poles on their memory of the massacre and their perception of Ukraine today. The survey “Volhynia 1943 – memory being recovered” gives clear, but not very optimistic answers.

July 11, 2018 - Monika Szafrańska

Is Russia really on the right side of history?

Russia has become a hostage of its own holy mission. It makes dealing with Western partners a challenge.

July 9, 2018 - Evgeny Pudovkin

Limits of impunity

The case of mayoral candidate Andrei Nastase, who was blocked from assuming office in the Moldovan capital, is a warning to the whole region. Democracies are increasingly threatened by powerful oligarchs and their interests.

July 5, 2018 - Kamil Całus

Massive persecutions of sexual minorities in Chechnya – one year later

Over a year has passed since the Russian independent press outlet Novaya Gazeta first published information detailing the massive persecutions and aggression against members of the LGBT community in the Chechen Republic.

July 3, 2018 - Sławomir Kirdzik

Why Germany should care about B9?

The B9 is trembling ahead of the July NATO summit in Brussels. While much of the talk is about President Trump, there are some serious questions about Germany - its defence capabilities and spending, as well as commitment to its Eastern European allies.

June 29, 2018 - Saskia Kawczynski

The FIFA World Cup in Kaliningrad: Football and the “New Cold War” in the Baltic

The choice of Kaliningrad as one of the venues hosting the World Cup was carefully thought through by the organising country. Is it another show of force in the Baltic region or an attempt to normalise and calm tensions?

June 28, 2018 - Cyrille Bret

Imperfect memory

The Jews have been erased twice from the history of Belarus. Physically by the Nazis and symbolically by Soviet propaganda. In recent times they have increasingly more space in the Belarusian collective memory.

June 25, 2018 - Maxim Rust

Putin’s Dialectic: How the Kremlin “Saved” the Great October Revolution

The way Soviet legacy is presented in today's Russia is undergoing changes. How should we explain the Kremlin’s reinterpretation of the October Revolution?

June 22, 2018 - Marcel H. Van Herpen

Waiting for an independent Orthodox Church in Ukraine

An attempt to restructure the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has raised questions formerly unknown to parishioners and politicians alike.

June 21, 2018 - Mykhailo Cherenkov

Georgia’s Democracy is alive and well

After a series of protests that shook the South Caucasus, what is the current standing of Georgia's democratic process?

June 20, 2018 - Maxim van Asseldonk

From Amalgamation of Local Communities to a New Governance System in Post-Euromaidan Ukraine

Ukraine's decentralisation reforms are changing the organisational structure of the country. What about its Constitution?

June 19, 2018 - Andreas Umland Anthony Levitas Maryna Rabinovych

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