Russia in between security and democracy

Following 9/11, crucial social issues are often described as a choice between security and threat, rather than between freedom and oppression. This is the case also in Russia. There are, however, major differences: in Russia, different tactics are used to control independent media and dissidents, writes Russia specialist Johan Öberg. 

What happened to the multinational Russia?

Nationalism grows increasingly stronger in Russia and it is a fact that xenophobia is gaining grounds in society today. “It is no longer just skinheads and radicalised young men shouting: ‘Attack the black people!’” So do the women with grocery bags, writes journalist Natalya Afanasyeva. She asks the question: what is the basis for today's xenophobia?

Islands of an archipelago

What is the best way to deal with the memory of the Great Terror? The famous journalist Yelena Rubinova has visited two of the places where the memory of Stalin's terror is still an open wound, like in Sochi, where the Olympic Games will be held.

“We should be free rather than behind bars"

The Russian state is tightening its grip over the church, the media and the courts. Russia claims to be a democracy, but the sentence against the three members of the punk band Pussy Riot could not possibly take place in a democracy.

Children to dissidents in Russia

What happens to the children of dissidents? To tell an unwelcome truth or to protest against oppression takes a lot of personal courage. But only too often the authorities tries to silence dissidents by threatening their children. Oksana Chelysheva, Russian journalist living in exile, tells the story of six-year old Ivan Aksenov.


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