Articles on Wider Europe Forum

Why Stalin’s popularity doesn’t have to be as terrifying as it seems (Commentary)

Anna Arutunyan - 29 June 2017

Stalin's increasing popularity in Russia is worrying, but its importance should not be exaggerated.

Tangled up in lucre (Commentary)

Anna Arutunyan - 12 June 2017

How the Russian authorities are weaponising ‘financial sloppiness’ to crack down on dissidents

Why Putin won’t get tough on Kadyrov (Commentary)

Anna Arutunyan - 25 April 2017

The persecution of gay people in Chechnya may point to a profound weakness in the Kremlin’s power in the republic.

Armenian elections: The prelude to a pivotal political transition (Commentary)

Richard Giragosian - 30 March 2017

This election heralds a structural transformation in Armenian politics, from a semi-presidential system to a parliamentary form of government.

Russia protests: this time it is different (Commentary)

Anna Arutunyan - 29 March 2017

If we consider their potential for long-term impact, Navalny's protests differ in many ways from previous protests in Russia.

Kaliningrad: From boomtown to battle-station (Commentary)

Sergey Sukhankin - 27 March 2017

The deployment of Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad has raised fears in Europe that the territory is becoming Russia's key battle-station.

Donbas: Beyond war (Commentary)

Vladimir Rafeyenko - 20 March 2017

Beyond the headlines, what is the human cost of the war in the Donbas? 

How to put Crimea back on the European agenda (Commentary)

Ridvan Bari Urcosta - 16 March 2017

Three years since annexation, Crimea remains in limbo and there are few diplomatic initiatives for its return to Ukraine. Can a working group of committed parties put Crimea back on Europe's agenda?

Democracy on the block: How the ECHR saved Georgia’s free press (Commentary)

Tornike Sharashenidze - 14 March 2017

The Georgian Dream may still have future, but to win back credibility, they have to learn from the Rustavi2 case and realise that they are accountable to the people who voted for them.