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Author: Ola Cichowlas

Why Russia Should Remember 1914

We are approaching the centenary of the First World War. A hundred years ago this year, Europe was thrown into a bloody conflict that could have been avoided through a political solution. Imperial diplomacies had failed the peoples of Europe, who paid for it with the lives of a whole generation.

March 6, 2014 - Ola Cichowlas

Is The Putin Propaganda Bubble About To Burst?

In the mid-1920s, the Soviet government embarked on a campaign to “engineer human souls”. How? It unleashed the full power of the state machine to fundamentally alter the behaviour and values of Soviet citizens. Never had there been, as Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet Czesław Miłosz put it, “such enslavement through consciousness” as the mastery over human minds was almost obsessive inside the Kremlin.

February 12, 2014 - Ola Cichowlas

Ukraine: For Your Freedom and Ours?

Imagine a post-Soviet world without Vladimir Putin, Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Viktor Yanukoyich. That is the fantasy that Ukrainians had a dream about this weekend. They came in the hundreds of thousands and rallied not only in Kyiv, but also in rebellious Lviv, industrial Donetsk and sunny Odessa. Why? Because Ukraine is in Europe, because power had been violently abused and because they felt cheated.

December 3, 2013 - Ola Cichowlas

How Art Became Politicised

A conversation with Marat Guelman, an owner and director of Guelman's Contemporary Art Gallery, ex-owner of the Foundation for Effective Politics, and the former assistant director of Channel One in Russia.

July 30, 2013 - Ola Cichowlas

Prisoner in the Urals

An interview Pyotr Verzilov, a Russian-Canadian artist and activist, the unofficial spokesperson of the band Pussy Riot. Verzilov is married to Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. Interviewer: Ola Cichowlas

July 16, 2013 - Ola Cichowlas

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