Saturday 6 June 2020
25 March 2020
How The 2005 Tulip Revolution Changed Kyrgyzstan
Fifteen years ago, protesters in Kyrgyzstan launched a chain of events that many observers thought would bring lasting democratic change to this strategic Central Asian country. But what long-term impact has the 2005 Tulip Revolution actually had?
08 February 2020
Azerbaijan’s Parliamentary Vote: No Great Expectations For Change
07 February 2020
Stuffed Ballot Boxes And Carousels: Azerbaijan Votes Again Under Scrutiny
Azerbaijanis go to the polls this weekend to choose members of their parliament. After decades of elections plagued by media manipulation and dirty tricks, opposition activists hold out little hope of challenging the dominance of President Ilham Aliyev's party in the vote on February 9.
06 December 2019
Russian Activist Blogger Gets Suspended Sentence After Anti-Putin Videos
A popular Russian blogger has received a suspended three-year sentence for "inciting extremism on the Internet" in his calls for protests against President Vladimir Putin and his government. Yegor Zhukov was hailed as a hero by his supporters on the steps of a Moscow courthouse.
11 November 2019
Kyrgyzstan: Want A Seat In Parliament? There Could Be A Price For That
Running for office may often carry a personal price, but young Kyrgyz political scientist Denis Berdakov never expected it to amount to a payout of $350,000 for a slot on a candidate list in Kyrgyzstan’s 2020 parliamentary elections. Such allegations are not uncommon in this economically underdeveloped Central Asian country. Kyrgyz law does not require political parties to disclose their sources of campaign funding, so parties often look where they can to pad their coffers.
22 October 2019
How YouTube Gave Russia A Voice
YouTube has grown to be the most popular website on the Russian Internet, but the Kremlin wants to take steps to limit its influence. Government critics are using the platform to voice their political opinions and can reach audiences on a scale similar to government-controlled TV stations. Yet the question remains: Will the authorities actually be able to hold back this online wave of opinion? The final episode of Andrey Loshаk’s InterNYET series looks at the YouTube phenomenon in Russia.
15 October 2019
Inside The Factory: How Russian Trolls Manufacture Fake News
Their impact stretches beyond the 2016 U.S. presidential election that made them an international household name. Russian trolls, says blogger Ilya Varlamov, have changed “the whole picture” for online news in Russia. But how did they do it? In this video, taken from Current Time’s InterNYET: A History Of The Russian Internet series, former employees at a St. Petersburg troll factory get down to specifics.
14 October 2019
Russian Lawyer Who Defended Detainees Fined For 'Attack' On Police
A Russian lawyer and human rights activist has been found guilty of attacking police and fined 30,000 rubles ($468) by a Krasnodar court in connection with his detention while he was trying to provide legal advice to protesters being taken into police custody at an anti-government rally a year ago.