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A Final Nail in the USSR Coffin? Thank You From NATO, Vladimir Vladimirovich!

John Brown | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
John Brown

Even from the most cynical Cold-War, money-is-money, dog-eat-dog capitalism-is-capitalism perspective, a redrawn Ukraine would be far more in the West's, rather than strictly "Russian," "ethnic" interest.

A Tale of Ukraine, Crimea Crisis and Glenn Greenwald

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

It's a truly outlandish spectacle to see leading left figures go through their ideological contortions, which are becoming more and more bizarre by the day.

Back in the USSR

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

This is no Putin victory, and no Obama loss. It is a brazen Russian reassertion of interests. But being back in the USSR is of dubious benefit and no reward.

Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius: Russia Puts a Spoke in the EU's Wheel

Dominik Tolksdorf | Posted 01.29.2014 | World
Dominik Tolksdorf

The turn of events brings to light two features of existing EU policy: the relative weakness of EU incentives and the continuing problems for countries in the post-Soviet space to evade Russia's influence.

Protester Jailed For 5 Days For Wearing This T-Shirt

AP | YURAS KARMANAU | Posted 11.15.2013 | World

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — An opposition protester arrested in Belarus for wearing a T-shirt criticizing authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko was...

The Many Types of Online Censorship

Freedom House | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

by Daniel Calingaert, Executive Vice President and Danilo Bakovic, Director, Internet Freedom Program Internet censorship comes in a wide variet...

A (Small) Dash of Soviet Nostalgia

Ryan O'Rourke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Ryan O'Rourke

Jolted back to life by the screeching of iron, I quickly sat up in my bunk and glanced through the foggy window of my Soviet-era train at an ever-slowing blur of Cyrillic letters. In mere moments I would finally step into the mysterious capital of Belarus, the notorious "last dictatorship in Europe."

History Is Made As East European Gay Man Is Permitted To Stay In U.S. After Wedding Partner

Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices

In what's been hailed as one of the first cases of its kind, a Belarusian gay man tied the knot with his American partner in Washington, D.C. and will...

Justified Paranoia

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 09.01.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In Paranoia, Victor Martinovich has crafted a novel so real that the government of Belarus banned it two days after it was published in that country. ...

The Regime Changer

John Feffer | Posted 06.02.2013 | World
John Feffer

After 1989, some of the dissidents of East-Central Europe went back to their original job. Others threw themselves into politics, as Vaclav Havel somewhat reluctantly did. And then there was the smallest category of them all: the dissidents who turned professional.

Exporting Repression

Freedom House | Posted 05.26.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Daniel Calingaert Executive Vice President Authoritarian regimes around the world are exporting their worst practices and working together to re...

Hey, Jon Stewart, Your Roots Are Showing

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.27.2013 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

His forebears have held one of the more eclectic mélange of jobs I've seen, including taxi driver, fruit and vegetable peddler, furrier, shoe store proprietor, and window cleaner.

Europe's Last Dictator

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2013 | World

MINSK, Nov 27 (Reuters) - He is a pariah in the West, viewed suspiciously by Russia and loathed by opponents in exile or jail, but Belarussian Presi...

Europe's Last Dictator

AP | YURAS KARMANAU | Posted 11.24.2012 | World

MINSK, Belarus — International observers on Monday condemned a weekend vote in Belarus in which not a single opposition politician won a parliam...

Does Religious Freedom Matter?

Peter Henne | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Peter Henne

Restrictions on religious practice by states do have negative consequences for societies. They increase societal tensions, making states more unstable. And they enable authoritarian regimes to repress domestic dissent.

AP Photographer Beaten

AP | Posted 11.18.2012 | Media

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — An Associated Press photographer was beaten and briefly detained Tuesday by plainclothes security officers in the Belarusian c...

Assange, Correa and the Belarus Imbroglio: Hard Questions Which the Left Must Answer

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 11.11.2012 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

For anyone displaying a moral compass, Belarus should be a very simple open and shut case. Yet, because Lukashenko has opposed Washington, the international left chooses to ignore what is happening there.

Student Imprisoned For Snapping Photos Of Teddy Bears

The Huffington Post | Alyssa Creamer | Posted 08.14.2012 | College

Posting photographs of tiny teddy bears on the internet usually lands a person on Reddit. It doesn't usually land a person in prison. However, Bel...

Teddy Bear Team Rejects KGB Summons

AP | LOUISE NORDSTROM | Posted 08.14.2012 | World

STOCKHOLM -- A Swedish advertising agency that air-dropped hundreds of teddy bears carrying pro-human rights messages into Belarus has rejected a summ...

Belarus KBG Summons Teddy Bear Invaders

AP | LOUISE NORDSTROM | Posted 10.11.2012 | World

STOCKHOLM — Belarus' top security agency – the KGB – has summoned a Swedish advertising team for questioning after the group air-dro...

Teddy Bears Invade Belarus

AP | YURAS KARMANAU and FRANK JORDANS | Posted 10.02.2012 | World

By YURAS KARMANAU and FRANK JORDANS, The Associated Press MINSK, Belarus -- It's probably the first time in history that teddy bears have defeate...

Brazil Clinch Olympic Quarterfinal Berth With Impressive 3-1 Victory Over Belarus

Arnal Dayaratna | Posted 09.29.2012 | Sports
Arnal Dayaratna

Brazil delivered a scintillating display of attacking football to defeat Belarus in their second match of Group C of the Olympics and and guarantee themselves a place in the quarterfinals.

Russia's Growing Economic Influence in Europe and Beyond

Kambiz Behi | Posted 07.23.2012 | World
Kambiz Behi

Covering an area more than five times that of the European Union (EU), if Russia has its way, the 'Eurasian Union' (EAU) will serve as a de facto bond between the nations of the former Soviet Union, and could come to rival Europe in terms of economic importance.

An Embrace Between Equals: Alexander Lukashenko and Raúl Castro

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.28.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

To commemorate 20 years of diplomatic relations between Havana and Minsk, Raúl Castro received the man who is considered "the last dictator in Europe" at the Palace of the Revolution.

Chernobyl 2012: People, Places, and Photos

Glen Browder | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Glen Browder

My purpose in writing this post was not to present another horrific portrait of devastation but to present, as best I could, a picture of day-to-day life in still-impacted communities.