Russia’s Incoherent State
by Jeremy Morris
“[T]he bureaucracy seeks ways to enrich itself in the manner of one big state corporation, and everyone else finds themselves in positions of vulnerability or dependency.” Second in a series on ways of governing.
Belarus’s Winding Path to a Post-Soviet Identity
by Nelly Bekus
“Some of the state’s recent initiatives have sought to reappropriate ethno-cultural and pre-Soviet history and tradition, shaping a new politics of identity.”
Perspective: Latvia’s Russian Questions
by Kevin M. F. Platt
Many ethnic Russians in the Baltic state are still excluded from full citizenship and tend to be susceptible to Moscow’s influence through cross-border media.
Books: The Price of Excluding the ‘Unworthy’
by Catherine Wanner
A medical anthropologist explains how a popular view of drug addicts as devoid of morality and autonomy has contributed to an HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ukraine.