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The plight of political prisoner’s in Eastern Europe
This issue of New Eastern Europe aims to show the plight of the political prisoners whose voices we barely hear. Our contributors include former prisoners themselves, Andrei Sannikov and Rasul Jafarov, as well as other authors who illustrate the alarming increase in oppressions in the post-Soviet space. Reading them should help us understand the dire situation of today’s freedom fighters and encourage greater solidarity towards their cause.
Continued attention also needs to be paid to Ukraine, where changes are being implemented even if some elements of the landscape remain the same. Yulia Tymoshenko is hungry for power again and appears willing to do whatever it takes to make a comeback. Our author, Ukrainian journalist Roman Romanyuk, explains why Tymoshenko’s ratings are on the rise. As the situation with Crimea becomes increasingly tense, the position of its Tatar population is only getting worse. It is presented in Igor Semyvolos’s text. Finally, while the western media talk about the possibility of war in Ukraine’s eastern parts, our reporters, Paweł Pieniążek and Wojciech Koźmic, show that in the two self-proclaimed republics, the war has never stopped.
We close this issue with a special section on Kraków and Lviv – two UNESCO Cities of Literature.
Existence without life – Andrei Sannikov
A new generation of Russian political prisoners – Janek Lasocki
Azerbaijan’s very own Ivan Denisovichs – Arzu Geybullayeva
I chose not to be afraid – A conversation with Rasul Jafarov, former political prisoner in Azerbaijan
Central Asia’s opposition: Go directly to jail, do not pass go – Peter Leonard
Beyond control – Interview with Irina Borogan deputy editor of www.agentura.ru
Why Russia does not retrench – Stanislav Secrieru
Tymoshenko still hungry for power – Roman Romanyuk
Time for fresh ideas in Ukraine’s democratisation efforts – Nicholas Ross Smith
Helpless in their own homeland – Igor Semyvolos
Resetting Georgia-NATO relations – Eugene Kogan
A post-modern construct deprived of ideology – A conversation with Olga Sedakova
Is there a Transnistrian identity? – Interview with Nikolay Babilunga
A shell-shocked city: two years on – Wojciech Koźmic
A zone of limited freedom – Paweł Pieniążek
HISTORY AND MEMORY
How much Königsberg is in Kaliningrad? – Paulina Siegień
PEOPLE, IDEAS, INSPIRATION
Where does an article end and a story begin? – Hektor Haarkötter
EASTERN CAFÉ – reviews of books and films from the region
A special section on Kraków and Lviv – Two UNESCO Cities of Literature
And much more …