What has happened to independent media in Russia since the war with Ukraine started

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12 March 2022 was the first Saturday since the war began that I decided to get enough sleep. I didn’t manage it, however: the website of “Bumaga”, the media outlet that my friends and I founded ten years ago, was blocked by the Russian authorities on early Saturday morning, and as early as 6 a.m. we started getting messages from readers who had discovered that the site would not open without a VPN.

31 Mar 2022 Read more

What are we up to in 2022?

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Has there been a time to slow down this winter? The end of 2021 left us all watching the Memorial trial. The Memorial, our member NGO aiming at preserving the historical memory of the 1930s repressions in the Soviet Union, and the Human Rights Center Memorial were ordered by the Russian Supreme Court to close down. The European Court of Human Rights intervened with Rule 39, an “emergency brake”, demanding this drama be put on hold. Will Moscow honor the Strasbourg court’s call?

03 Feb 2022 Read more

‘Bridge over troubled waters’

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We dubbed last year as „A Year Like No Other“. The spirit of that statement contained an implicit expectation that we would overcome at least the political and social problems caused by the pandemic. The pandemic created an open-ended situation where huge social and political changes and interventions became an everyday phenomenon, but often with no foreseeable outcomes.

22 Dec 2021 Read more

None of Us Can Ignore Climate Change

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Human activities are changing the climate unprecedentedly. On 9 August, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report warning that many changes are irreversible. Russia is the world’s fourth largest greenhouse gas emitter but so far it is not ready to start the necessary energy transformation.

31 Aug 2021 Read more