“People are opposing it in a very vivid way”: an interview with a Polish protester and abortion rights activist

Since 2016, tens of thousands of Polish citizens have been protesting in favour of the liberalization of abortion rights, the so called Black Protests. No one expected that Polish society would be so responsive, yet it happened, and showed that … Continue reading “People are opposing it in a very vivid way”: an interview with a Polish protester and abortion rights activist

The return of a grievous epidemic: rising HIV/AIDs infections in the post-Soviet states

On December 1st, dozens of countries and organizations around the world observed World AIDS Day, an opportunity to mourn those lost to a disease that the United Nations once hoped to eradicate by 2030. Statements of solidarity were issued by … Continue reading The return of a grievous epidemic: rising HIV/AIDs infections in the post-Soviet states

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

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