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The EU and the Crimea crisis

How did this most severe crisis between the East and the West ever since the end of the Cold War come about? The EU – like Russia and Ukraine – committed grave yet avoidable mistakes, too.

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Politics

Russia’s interests in Ukraine

The Russian interests will be presented concisely here in order to deliver a differentiated picture of them.

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Politics

Russian poker in Crimea

The actual Russian goals have remained unclear, which is why some possibilities will be presented in the following.

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Politics

Overthrow in Ukraine

Now, Yanukovych has been overthrown. However, nothing will change in Ukrainian domestic politics – or will it?

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POLITICS
 
The end of the era Saakashvili

What impact does the end of the Saakashvili era have on the relations with Russia?

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Homophobia on the rise in Russia

the State Duma passed the controversial "anti-homosexual propaganda" bill unanimously with one abstention in a second reading on June 11, 2013.

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Russia´s godfather

Boris Berezovsky has long been one of the most powerful men in Russia. He controlled much of the country’s economy and politics. On March 23, 2013 Berezovsky died in his exile near London.

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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
 
Moscow or Brussels

Is this really the choice for countries such as Ukraine and Georgia ? No, that's absurd.

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Diary of a Madman (only in German)

Read in German by Marie-Christine Dähn.

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Russia's new NGO law in the pillory

Much can be justifiably criticized about the law, but the debate in the West shows that important aspects are unnoticed.

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