Nostalgia For The Future In The Post-Soviet Space

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

When I was little, I used to enjoy singing in a choir. One of the songs we sang went: "The Revolution has a beginning, but the Revolution has no end"....

Political Experiments, Divisive Narratives: How Brexit Jolted Memories of Soviet Collapse

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

The morning after the UK referendum, on 24 June, I woke up feeling a strong sense of déjà-vu: that I had seen and gone through it all before, around...

Media Freedom and Plurality Is Struggling in Central and Eastern Europe

Juan Garcia | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK
Juan Garcia

Over a quarter of a century since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the scars of Central & Eastern Europe's post-communist legacy are still clear to see.

Women in the Shuttle Trade Remain Trapped in Inequality

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK
Gates Cambridge Scholars

*Darja Irdam [2012] is doing a PhD in Sociology at the University of Cambridge, supported by a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. In many societies across ...

What Children's Dreams Can Tell Us About Our Societies

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

I love talking to children. They are so unaffected and they can tell you so much more about a society, and in a much more nuanced way, than famous politicians, experts, journalists, and the like. They are even better than taxi drivers who tend to provide such a deconstruction of the social and political life of their country that sometimes I want to say to them - please, take me back to the airport!

The CIA Just Tweeted In Russian

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Tech

The CIA caused a bit of a stir earlier after tweeting in Russian. The translation revealed it to be a quote by the influential Russian author Boris Pa...

Pussy Riot's 2012 Overture: A Year on From the Cathedral Stunt

Neil Durkin | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

A year later it all seems quite surreal. Did it really happen? Did the authorities seek the arrest of the Pussy Riot women and actually put three of them on trial charged with the serious offence of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred", a crime carrying a possible seven-year jail sentence? And were they really jailed? Sadly, of course, the answer is a triple yes.

Vladimir Putin - What a Guy

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jeffrey Gedmin

For anyone who hasn't been paying attention, Russia has been sliding back to authoritarianism over the last dozen years. The military-industrial complex is extensive; cronyism in politics is king.

Why Stalingrad Matters Today

Mark Perryman | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Perryman

World War Two has become an epic of nostalgia entirely disconnected from the cause of anti-fascism, the sacrifices made by the Red Army on the Eastern Front once again hidden from history. Stalingrad, forgotten, scarcely meriting a mention in the mainstream media despite its fixation with all things WW2.

Was Romania's 1989 Christmas Revolution a Fake?

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

There is no doubt in my mind that Romania's change of government in 1989 was a revolution - even if it was stage managed and the mob were manipulated. It has all the ingredients of a classic revolution: a total chance of the political system; an angry mob; several days of chaos; armed groups fighting each other and a shadowy clique of power brokers arguing about who will take over.

US 'Planned To Blow Up The Moon'

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Tech

The United States reportedly planned to attack the Moon with nuclear weapons during the Cold War. According to The Sun and The Week, repeating clai...

Seen at NY Film Festival: Sally Potter's 'Ginger & Rosa'

Larry Jaffee | Posted 09.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Larry Jaffee

Sally Potter was 13 years old when the Cuban Missile Crisis was going on in 1962. Apparently it made a deep impression on the teenager growing up in England. Fifty years later, she used as a backdrop of her new film the threat of a nuclear war between the US and USSR through the eyes of two BFFs, the title characters of Ginger & Rosa, which played the New York Film Festival earlier this week.

Putin Attempts A Spot Of Dentistry As He Pushes Presidential Bid

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 16.11.2011 | UK

Vladimir Putin's photo opportunities have traditionally pictured him as a comic-strip super hero, but in the newest shots the Russian politician is a ...