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The World Cup in Kaliningrad: Potemkin Village or real change? (Commentary)

Sergey Sukhankin - 15 June 2018

Moscow’s handling of Kaliningrad in recent years makes it no surprise World Cup fans are set to venture in from Poland for matches only rather than stay there.

UN peacekeeping in Donbas? The stakes of the Russia-Ukraine conflict (Commentary)

Andreas Umland - 08 June 2018

A transitional UN peacekeeping mission in, and international civilian administration of, Donbas would have two major benefits.

Debacle in the Donbas (Commentary)

Valentin Torba - 24 November 2017

The Donbas is seeing a coup within a coup, as two of the leading separatists turn on each other.

Easing the EU’s Eastern Partnership fatigue (Commentary)

Jana Kobzova - 16 November 2017

The EU is right to demand reforms from its Eastern Partners – but its own expectations need to adjust to the region’s realities

Hybrid diss: What Oxxxymiron’s rap battle tells us about Russia-US relations (Commentary)

Anna Arutunyan - 02 November 2017

Insecurity sits at the heart of what has been termed Russia’s “assault” on Western democracies.

Make laws not war: Ukrainian president and parliament push for peace resolution in Donbas (Commentary)

Olexiy Haran and Petro Burkovskiy - 23 October 2017

New laws to strengthen Ukraine's control over Donbas and pave the way for conflict resolution.

Kremlin narratives on Crimea resurface in German election debate (Commentary)

Andreas Umland - 19 September 2017

For the future of Ukraine, what Germany thinks and does really matters.

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