COVID-19 in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus – an overview

A report by Nathan Dampier, BEARR Trust volunteer As the coronavirus pandemic spreads into BEARR’s region of focus, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus, governments have taken a range of measures to try to reduce the catastrophic impact across society of COVID-19. In this article I attempt to bring you an overview of these …

The Return of the Russian Leviathan by Sergei Medvedev – book review

Sergei Medvedev, a political historian, wrote this set of essays, originally published in 2017, over several years. The book is copiously foot-noted and brilliantly translated by Stephen Dalziel. It reads as a sometimes overlapping or repetitive stream of consciousness, covering politics and geopolitics, history, social issues, and the Russian mentality (if there is such a …

February 2020 Newsletter

 Welcome to the first edition of BEARR’s new-style Newsletter.  This will come out every two months and contain all the material that previously went into the 6-monthly Newsletter and monthly Bulletin.  Below, Chairman Nicola Ramsden explains the changes. This issue focuses on domestic violence, with:-           A report on November’s conference on ‘Violence against Women and Girls in Eastern …

The BEARR Trust Annual Lecture 2020 – “Europe’s Eastern Partnership/Russia’s ‘Near Abroad’ – living with powerful neighbours” on 22 September at the EBRD

The BEARR Trust Annual Lecture 2020 will be on 22 September at 6pm at the EBRD, 1 Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN Tom de Waal will speak about  “Europe’s Eastern Partnership*/Russia’s ‘Near Abroad’ – living with powerful neighbours“ * The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint initiative involving the EU, its Member States and six Eastern European Partners: …

Welcome to our new website!

We are very excited to launch our brand new website! Please bear with us as we migrate historical content over to our new platform and turn on the Russian language website. Over time as our new site evolves, we hope to develop it into an increasingly useful and user-friendly resource for all our visitors.

BEARR is changing the way that we communicate with you

Providing interesting and up to date information about health and welfare developments in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is a fundamental part of BEARR’s services. The trustees have been working over the past two years on ways to improve our communications, making the best use of BEARR’s modest resources. We have already widened our reach …

BEARR News – about our patrons and volunteers

Farewell to… Sir Jonathan Miller The Trust notes with sadness the death in November 2019 of Sir Jonathan Miller CBE, international cultural icon but also a long-standing Patron of The BEARR Trust. Deborah Manley Deborah was a founding member of the BEARR Trust, and a strong supporter of our work as a Friend up until …

BEARR Trust Annual Conference 2019: Violence against Women and Girls in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Report and presentations The conference on 15 November brought together over 60 representatives of civil society, academia, international organisations, lawyers, consultants and students from Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Tajikistan, Georgia, Uzbekistan and the UK. Nicola Ramsden, Chairman of The BEARR Trust, opened the conference by saying that gender-based violence (GBV) is not only an issue of …

London Conference 2019 – speaker biographies

We look forward to welcoming this excellent group of speakers to our 2019 Annual Conference: Jessica Gavron is a UK barrister and Legal Director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre. She has extensive experience of litigating human rights abuses before the European Court of Human Rights, CEDAW and the UN Human Rights Committee against …