Russia

What is happening to the LGBT community in Chechnya?

Since the end of February this year, the Chechnyan government has been rounding up homosexual and bisexual men and taking them to illegal detention facilities. There they have been tortured, and forced to give out names of other LGBT people. It is believed that over a hundred men have been seized, …

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Refugees (un)welcome: Russia no safe haven for Syrians

As the war in Syria has been going on since 2011 there has been a big increase of migration in the world. Since Russia increased their support for the Syrian regime and began the air strikes in 2015  they have played a major role in the Syrian conflict. As Syrian …

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Caging the Russian Bear – are NATO and the EU playing a dangerous game?

This article is a part of The Perspective’s Open Mind Theme week. The aim of this week is to broaden perspectives and reveal new angles of subjects you may have thought were crystal clear. The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of The Perspective or the Association of Foreign Affairs …

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Three Little Baltic States and The Big Bad Wolf

It goes without saying that Russia’s disputed military actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine have given Europe’s eastern states something of a scare. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been especially uneasy about Moscow’s intentions and fear that they might be next. The Baltic States are in a sensitive geographical position, …

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Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Belarus is sometimes regarded as Europe’s last dictatorship, though that sentiment seems a little optimistic now. Since taking power in a 1994 election on a promise to drain the Belarusian swamp, Alexander Lukashenko has turned his country into a time capsule on the edge of the continent. Western journalists periodically …

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From Russia with Love: The Nord Stream II Pipeline

While different issues within the European Union may come and go, one always remains: energy supply. Being the energy junkie that it is, the recent Russian-led gas pipeline project, Nord Stream 2, has put EU energy supply under question once more. The idea of increasing the already overwhelming energy dependency …

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A forgotten genocide – and why it matters today

After the 2014 winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi, Vladimir Putin announced they had been a success. When the 2014 winter Olympics started in Sochi, people gathered outside Russian embassies around the world to protest. Despite the protests, few ever heard about the Circassians, the indigenous people of the …

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Hillary’s Russian Roulette

US-Russia relations have had a turbulent history, to say the least. But when Obama assumed the presidency in 2009 – less than a year after Russia’s invasion of Georgia, which threatened to plunge the US and Russia into a new cold war – he was eager to press the reset …

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Russian Aggression or Western Expansion?

Ever since the beginning of the Ukrainian conflict there has been numerous discussions concerning the future of the West’s relationship with Russia. The debate stretches back to 2008 when Russia invaded Georgia, as a response to the actions of the pro-West and pro-NATO president Saakashvili. Currently what is the situation …

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The Arctic: A Bullish Market for the Russian Bear?

There has been much talk centered around the industrialization of the Russian arctic zone[1], but much less on the effect that this will have on the arctic environment and the communities living there. This portion of the arctic is home to 4 million people, many of whom are descendants of …

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