Watching the watchmen

Kaya Genç New powers granted to the ‘bekçi’ – Turkey’s auxiliary police force – have led to a spate of …

Deserted amusement parks

How COVID-19 burst Italy’s tourism bubble Alessio Giussani   Italian cities are ordinarily international tourism hotspots. Their economic recovery post-lockdown …

Exile, dignity and love

An Istanbul story Ayşe Kadıoğlu Russian refugees influenced Istanbul’s cultural life from the 1920s despite the Turkification policies of the …

For a Belarusian res publica!

Osteuropa Olga Shparaga The nationalist opposition in Belarus has been marginalized, argues Coordinating Council member Olga Shparaga. National heroes and …

Paradise lost?

Vlasta Kordová The removal in April of the monument to Red Army general Ivan Konev in Prague and the rehabilitation …

Enter the people!

Artur Klinaŭ Osteuropa   Events in Belarus have departed radically from the script. Putin may have been gambling on a …

After populism

Jan Sowa Instead of looking at populists’ lies, it’s worth taking a look at the few truths they rely on: …

Incident

Or three short essays on solidarity Mykola Riabchuk In the absence of civic traditions and positive social capital, society often …

Putin’s reset

Maria Lipman Russia’s popular vote approving the ‘zeroing’ of Putin’s terms has been hailed by the regime as a triumphant …

Out of the unknown

Ingo Petz On 9 August, presidential elections will take place in Belarus. These are elections that are not elections. Long-term …

A window of opportunity

Thomas Hylland Eriksen Our slowed-down, cooled-down, scaled-down lives during the pandemic are evidence that quality of life does not depend …

Post-pandemic Russia

Irina Borogan Andrei Soldatov Vladimir Putin’s anger and jealousy has taken down many proactive leaders throughout Russia – and left …