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Issue 5 2016: Silencing Dissent

August 30, 2016 - New Eastern Europe - Issue

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The plight of political prisoner’s in Eastern Europe

This issue of New Eastern Europe aims to show the plight of the political prisoners whose voices we barely hear. Our contributors include former prisoners themselves, Andrei Sannikov and Rasul Jafarov, as well as other authors who illustrate the alarming increase in oppressions in the post-Soviet space. Reading them should help us understand the dire situation of today’s freedom fighters and encourage greater solidarity towards their cause.

Continued attention also needs to be paid to Ukraine, where changes are being implemented even if some elements of the landscape remain the same. Yulia Tymoshenko is hungry for power again and appears willing to do whatever it takes to make a comeback. Our author, Ukrainian journalist Roman Romanyuk, explains why Tymoshenko’s ratings are on the rise. As the situation with Crimea becomes increasingly tense, the position of its Tatar population is only getting worse. It is presented in Igor Semyvolos’s text. Finally, while the western media talk about the possibility of war in Ukraine’s eastern parts, our reporters, Paweł Pieniążek and Wojciech Koźmic, show that in the two self-proclaimed republics, the war has never stopped.

We close this issue with a special section on Kraków and Lviv – two UNESCO Cities of Literature.  

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Existence without life – Andrei Sannikov


A new generation of Russian political prisoners – Janek Lasocki


Azerbaijan’s very own Ivan Denisovichs – Arzu Geybullayeva

I chose not to be afraid  A conversation with Rasul Jafarov, former political prisoner in Azerbaijan


Central Asia’s opposition: Go directly to jail, do not pass go  Peter Leonard


Beyond control – Interview with Irina Borogan deputy editor of www.agentura.ru


Why Russia does not retrench – Stanislav Secrieru


Tymoshenko still hungry for power – Roman Romanyuk


Time for fresh ideas in Ukraine’s democratisation efforts – Nicholas Ross Smith


Helpless in their own homeland – Igor Semyvolos


Resetting Georgia-NATO relations  Eugene Kogan



A post-modern construct deprived of ideology – A conversation with Olga Sedakova


Is there a Transnistrian identity? – Interview with Nikolay Babilunga


A shell-shocked city: two years on  Wojciech Koźmic

A zone of limited freedom – Paweł Pieniążek


How much Königsberg is in Kaliningrad?  Paulina Siegień


Where does an article end and a story begin? – Hektor Haarkötter

EASTERN CAFÉ – reviews of books and films from the region

A special section on Kraków and Lviv – Two UNESCO Cities of Literature 

And much more …

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