Ukrainian refugee crisis continues to force millions to leave the county

Jackson Sharman Russian forces continue to force their way into Ukraine’s inner defenses, over four weeks (at time of writing) after the initial invasion. The Ukrainian military is mustering a spirited defense that has won sympathy from the rest of the world, though it is still uncertain when the war will end. Ukrainians who haveContinue reading Ukrainian refugee crisis continues to force millions to leave the county

Living Under the Aggressor: What Life is like for Russians After the Invasion of Ukraine

At the time this article was written, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has entered its fourth week. As the war drags on and the Kremlin’s hope for a quick, successful invasion are dashed and sanctions on Moscow pile up, life for Russians at home deteriorate. To gain insight into what life is like for everydayContinue reading Living Under the Aggressor: What Life is like for Russians After the Invasion of Ukraine

Elections in Turkmenistan Signal the Early Stages of a Political Dynasty

Fran McDonough Following the resignation of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, snap elections were held in Turkmenistan in early March in which the former President’s son, Serdar Berdymukhamedov, emerged victorious. Although the ballot listed nine candidates in total, the election is believed to have been heavily controlled by the former President. Critics fear that the results indicateContinue reading Elections in Turkmenistan Signal the Early Stages of a Political Dynasty

Alexei Navalny sentenced to nine years in maximum-security prison

Nick Mosher Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to 9 years in a maximum-security prison on charges of fraud. Russian authorities claim that he stole $4.7 million of donations made to his organization, the Anti-Corruption Foundation. Navalny is currently in prison serving a three-and-a-half-year sentence after being charged in February 2021 for violatingContinue reading Alexei Navalny sentenced to nine years in maximum-security prison

Russia enacts “fake news” law criminalizing unfavorable coverage of war in Ukraine  

Nick Mosher On March 4, President Vladimir Putin signed into law new legislation criminalizing “fake news” with punishment of up to 15 years in prison. And who is to be the judge of what is true and what is “fake?” The Kremlin, of course. The new law specifically prohibits the intentional spread of information aboutContinue reading Russia enacts “fake news” law criminalizing unfavorable coverage of war in Ukraine  

Russian propaganda machine breaks ranks

Nick Mosher Marina Ovsyannikova, a TV editor for the Russian state-owned news station Channel One, interrupted the station’s broadcasting on March 14 to protest the war in Ukraine. Running onto the set during the nightly news live broadcast, Ovsyannikova held up a sign saying: “Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. They’re lying to youContinue reading “Russian propaganda machine breaks ranks”

Russians flee repression, economic collapse

Warner Speed Russian citizens are fleeing the country in the hundreds of thousands in the aftermath of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. On March 13, the BBC estimated that as many as 200,000 Russians have left the country since the beginning of the war. Many Russian citizens have crossed into Finland and the Baltic states,Continue reading “Russians flee repression, economic collapse”

Tensions Continue to Rise in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Region

Fran McDonough Tajik authorities are cracking down on the autonomous region of Gorno-Badakhshan (GBAO) this month as fallout from the region’s widespread protests in November 2021 continues to impact the already-tumultuous regional situation. In recent weeks, a number of GBAO residents—including informal local leader Mahmadboqir Mahmadboqirov—have been arrested and charged with “inciting ethnic hatred” inContinue reading Tensions Continue to Rise in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Region

Thousands arrested in Russia protesting war in Ukraine

Nick Mosher In response to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian citizens have taken to the streets across Russia to speak out against the war. Protests can be seen in over 50 cities across Russia as protestors hold up signs and chant the same line: “Нет войне,” meaning “No to war.” Similar to past protestsContinue reading Thousands arrested in Russia protesting war in Ukraine

Russian dissident Alexei Navalny facing an additional 15 years in prison

Nick Mosher On February 15, Russia’s most famous dissident, Alexei Navalny, resurfaced from his jail cell in Vladimir, Russia. Navalny has been serving a three-and-a-half-year prison term since February 2021 on charges of violation of parole. This charge—widely dismissed as fabricated—came in August 2020 when he was evacuated to Germany after being poisoned by Russia’sContinue reading Russian dissident Alexei Navalny facing an additional 15 years in prison