Censorship and ‘extremism’: The state of modern Russian media
Culture / Politics

Censorship and ‘extremism’: The state of modern Russian media

by Andrej Martirosjan Freedom of Speech in Russia: Russian media The freedom of the Russian media is currently a very frequent and important topic especially in the West. Given that to many it appears that Russia is basically waging an “information war” against the West, on topics including, for instance, the Ukrainian crisis, this is understandable. … Continue reading

Art of Revolution vs Revolution in Art: the history of Belarusian avant-garde
Culture

Art of Revolution vs Revolution in Art: the history of Belarusian avant-garde

What is Belarus? A small state bordering Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine and Russia, known mostly for its president and its Nobel laureate (both the only ones in the country’s sovereign history). Not quite an exhaustive description, but at least we are sure that this is a country. At the beginning of the 20th Century, the … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup
NEP News / Weekly roundup

Weekly Roundup

New East Platform Weekly Roundup The NEP team share some Eastern European news stories that have caught their eye this week: Eastern European leaders caution against Nord Stream 2 at EU summit: http://goo.gl/BFJcn9 James Neuger, Jonathan Stearns and Bloomberg, writing for the Chicago Tribune, report that Eastern European leaders scored ‘political points against German plans to … Continue reading

A spotlight On Alisher Usmanov: Or Why Russian And British Interests Can Never Part
Economics / Politics

A spotlight On Alisher Usmanov: Or Why Russian And British Interests Can Never Part

Alisher Usmanov is an Uzbek-born Russian businessman. He owns, or has a majority stake in, ventures ranging from a huge steel conglomerate in Russia, to rapidly expanding internet companies in Silicon Valley, an English football club, newspapers and televisions in Russia, and goodness knows what else. He’s received awards from the Russian government for his … Continue reading