Prison Cell

“The last European Executioner”: Why Belarus preserves the death penalty

Disclaimer: this is a translated, modified and updated version of an article that was published by the same author three years ago in the Russian online-journal “7×7”. The original version can be found here. While Amnesty International has called Belarus … Continue reading “The last European Executioner”: Why Belarus preserves the death penalty

Intermarium

How the Ukrainian far-right has become one of the biggest proponents of Intermarium

This article is part of a collaboration between Lossi 36 and New Eastern Europe. Initially a concept created by the Polish interwar statesman Józef Piłsudski, Intermarium has made a comeback within frameworks such as Visegrad and the Three Seas Initiative … Continue reading How the Ukrainian far-right has become one of the biggest proponents of Intermarium

An old Soviet bloc in Tartu, Estonia. Typically, this part of town is still mostly populated by ethnic Russians.

Fallen Between the Cracks: the Struggle of Minority Integration in Estonia and Latvia

Reaching consensus on how to deal with national minorities is something that most countries struggle with. Faced with the pressing societal issues of integration, Estonia and Latvia are not unique in this regard. However, what does make them special is … Continue reading Fallen Between the Cracks: the Struggle of Minority Integration in Estonia and Latvia

Ukrainian Orthodox Church: Will it secede from the Russian one?

Ukraine’s Religious Scene: In Quest for an Independent Orthodox Church

While politicians help forward plans for a united Ukrainian Orthodox church, a recent survey shows that the population is not overwhelmingly enthusiastic about the idea. However, if successful, the move could reduce the country’s dependence on Russia and possibly pave … Continue reading Ukraine’s Religious Scene: In Quest for an Independent Orthodox Church

Belarus's fake state and the memes

Humour à la Belarus – a fake state going viral in Lukashenko’s post-Soviet autocracy

If one would ask most westerners about the state of Belarusian-Russian relations, chances are high that people would reply, “Belarus…isn’t that Russia’s little Slavic brother?” And one could hardly blame them; Belarus’ path of self-isolation has made it incredibly hard … Continue reading Humour à la Belarus – a fake state going viral in Lukashenko’s post-Soviet autocracy