What’s Up Russia? A New Prime Minister, and Environmental Activist Jailed

– Russia was handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency on December 9th. Russia’s participation at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be the highest-profile events … Continue reading What’s Up Russia? A New Prime Minister, and Environmental Activist Jailed

What’s up North Caucasus? Minors returned from the Middle East and new sanctions against Chechen officials

Murder of Ingush anti-extremism official. On November 2nd, the head of the Ingush anti-extremism agency, Ibragim Eldzherkiev, was shot dead in Moscow along with his brother, Akhmed Eldzherkiev. On December 10th, Interfax reported that ten suspects have been arrested so far … Continue reading What’s up North Caucasus? Minors returned from the Middle East and new sanctions against Chechen officials

What’s up Bulgaria? Prime Minister Boyko Borissov visits Washington, and the country is struck by protests

– On November 25th Deputy Director of the National Police Office Blagorodna Makeva announced that in 2018, more than 31 000 reports of  domestic violence had been received by the police in Bulgaria. Additionally, in the first eight months of … Continue reading What’s up Bulgaria? Prime Minister Boyko Borissov visits Washington, and the country is struck by protests

What’s up Ukraine? President Zelenskyy to meet with Putin, and movie depicting the Holodomor premiers

– On October 1st, news broke that representatives from Ukraine, Russia, the separatist territories of Luhansk and Donetsk, and the OSCE had signed the Steinmeier Formula, a slimmer, simplified version of the Minsk Agreement, put forward in 2016 by then-Foreign … Continue reading What’s up Ukraine? President Zelenskyy to meet with Putin, and movie depicting the Holodomor premiers

What’s up Georgia? Vote to change election system takes political crisis to a new level, and Georgian doctor sentenced to two-months detention in South Ossetia

– On November 8th, the premier of the co-produced Swedish-Georgian film And Then We Danced, centered on a love story between two young male dancers of the Georgian national ensemble, took place against the background of the protests from far-right groups, … Continue reading What’s up Georgia? Vote to change election system takes political crisis to a new level, and Georgian doctor sentenced to two-months detention in South Ossetia

What’s up Russia? Professor confesses to killing fiancee and Russians want more freedom according to new survey

– On November 4th, the former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev gave an interview to the BBC in which he said that nuclear weapons must be destroyed to “save the planet and ourselves.” In 1987, Gorbachev signed the … Continue reading What’s up Russia? Professor confesses to killing fiancee and Russians want more freedom according to new survey

What’s up Bulgaria? Controversial new prosecutor general, and GERB hold on to power

– On October 22nd the European Commission announced that the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) for judicial review in Bulgaria could be lifted because “the progress made [by the country] under CVM is sufficient to meet Bulgaria’s commitments made at … Continue reading What’s up Bulgaria? Controversial new prosecutor general, and GERB hold on to power

What’s up North Caucasus? Ramzan Kadyrov visits Saudi Arabia, and Ingushetia remembers the victims of the 1992 Osseto-Ingush conflict

– Several infrastructure projects are in realisation to connect Dagestan with the broader region. On the 1st of October, the Head of the Republic mentioned ata meeting of the Valdai Club that flights between Makhachkala and Iran are planned to … Continue reading What’s up North Caucasus? Ramzan Kadyrov visits Saudi Arabia, and Ingushetia remembers the victims of the 1992 Osseto-Ingush conflict

What’s up Georgia? Prime Minister Gakharia meets with neighbours, and accusations against the Church

– On his first international trip as Prime Minister, Giorgi Gakharia met with the heads of Georgia’s neighbouring states. On October 9th, Gakharia and Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev agreed to reopen the contested Davit Gareji Monastery, which is located in … Continue reading What’s up Georgia? Prime Minister Gakharia meets with neighbours, and accusations against the Church