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EU’s economic sanctions

A deeper consideration reveals that the EU’s tougher approach is more of an appearance than substance.

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Sanctions against Russia

Are EU’s sanctions useful in ending the Ukraine conflict or are they senseless? The aim needs to be the de-escalation in Eastern Ukraine.

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Objective Mind Award

This year we awarded the OM Award  for the first time, for 2012 and 2013.

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Politics

First résumé of the Ukraine crisis

The overthrow of the Yanukovich government in Kiev, the Crimean crisis and the ongoing fights in eastern Ukraine are likely to have profound changes in Europe.

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Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych

Viktor Fedorovych YanukovychYanukovych

POLITICS
 
Moscow’s advantage

Sanctions, threats, military action and no dialog: a sad record of Western actions and the Ukrainian interim government during the crisis.

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Rejection of the EU in Eastern Europe

In the discussion of the legal aspects of Crimea's separation from Ukraine, the exemplary function this bears for other separatist movements is frequently overlooked.

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Attacks on freedom of press

While Russia pursues its foreign policy interests in the Ukraine crisis, the Kremlin exerts more pressure on mass media domestically.

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SOCIETY
 
True freedom?

In July 2012, the Kremlin enacted a controversial bill restricting foreign-funded NGOs on Russian soil. Why Russian citizens don't support their parties and NGOs?

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New protests, new nation, new state...

The Internet is a new Messiah employed for “installing” democracy. But a concentration on the Internet does not explain what is going on in Russia.

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More than just demonstrating

The protests in Russia have reached an unprecedented scale. In Saint Petersburg, a network fighting with by a different method for fair elections.

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ECONOMY
 
Oil boom in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan has witnessed significant economic development. Is the recent discovery oil a blessing or a curse?

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Welcome Russia – WTO member at last

After 18 years, the biggest ex-Soviet country becomes a member of the World Trade Organization. In Russia, the entry is controversial.

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New customers – more profit?

In the last years the Central Asian states have tried to find new customers, beside Russia, for their natural gas. How promising are these plans?

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ENVIRONMENT
 
A village against the cyanide plant

The times where Russian authorities can do easily whatever they want without expecting resistance from the population are over.

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Attention, flash mobbers!

Through flash mobs, the youth of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan wants to talk about environmental problems and attract the attention.

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More environmental protection in everyday life

Environmental awerness is not attracing the people in Russia. The Russian-German office for environmental information, wants to change that.

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FOCUS
 
Ukraine crisis 2014

Crimea has now joined Russia. Eastern Ukraine is protesting against Kiev and also advocating for separation. A dossier by the OM editorial staff

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Delving assuredly into crisis

There was much outrage in Europe and the USA towards the Russian move in Crimea in 2014. The crisis in Ukraine was largely predictable.

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The EU and the Crimea crisis

To Ukraine, Crimea seems to be lost to Russia. But how did this most severe crisis between the East and the West ever since the end of the Cold War come about?

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