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Jailed Kurdish leader Demirtas withdraws from politics. State regulator goes after opposition TV channels for “insults”. Ultranationalists naming their price for support given to strongman’s ruling party.
Since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Russian federal budget has received much more attention than in the past. For good reason: it can reveal a lot about the financial health and resilience of Vladimir Putin’s regime.
Alexander Zhadan served as a gatekeeper and provided counsel, all while acquiescing to the crackpot megalomania that gripped both the presidents he served. Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.
Tashkent is eager not to be seen as endorsing anti-war positions.
Moscow’s attempts to stifle internet freedom and further isolate the country from the rest of the world appear to be ramping up in the second year of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
No-one can say for sure where the next Big One will hit.
Invasion of Ukraine "accompanied by all-out repression and censorship at home", says EIU, presenting latest Democracy Index.
Tightening internet controls as families desperately try to reach loved ones in Turkey, bogus economic performance figures, and Berdimuhamedov the elder visits the Gulf. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.
The way the filmmakers and authorities are working so closely has given rise to questions about who exactly is backing this movie, and why.
Despite being seen as a reform-oriented communist late in his career, Strougal also personified the stiff reactionary regime that replaced the "socialism with a human face" of the Prague Spring after the 1968 Russian invasion.
Human rights group warns mass executions could be ahead unless international community raises the political cost of the regime’s actions.
Ruling parties are turning state broadcasters into propaganda mouthpieces, spreading disinformation, and using friendly private or state-owned companies to build sycophantic media empires.
Ahead of elections, Nation Alliance, absorbed in “a game of thrones”, is yet to settle on a presidential candidate to challenge Erdogan’s “autocratic wasteland”, says academic.
Reports indicate that, while persistent, protests have become scattered. Widespread industrial action would give protesters fresh momentum.
Russian authorities ordered the evacuation of 50,000 from the southern Ukrainian town of Kherson occupied by Russians, as fighting around the city intensified on October 19. Putin also declared martial law in the four annexed regions.
Burak Erbay declares: “If the law passes the parliament, you can break your phones and throw them away like this—my young brothers and sisters.”
Roskomnadzor targets Russian-language coverage not in line with Kremlin’s official narrative on the conflict.
Russia is holding local elections in 14 regions, which are supposed to be boring, but coming in the midst of a war they are more important than usual. However, with the introduction of online voting any chance of a free vote is gone.
Investigation finds directions to newsrooms “often come from officials in the government’s Directorate of Communications”.