BEARR welcomes new volunteers

New volunteers April 2020 George Leech George took degrees in History (Leicester) and International Relations (Sweden). Since graduating, he has worked to support civil society and human rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the OSCE, International Crisis Group, and Human Rights Watch in Moscow. He is currently based in Prague. You can follow …

COVID-19: NGO reports

April 2020 We asked some of our partner NGOs working on domestic violence issues how they were coping with COVID-19 restrictions and how it affected their work. Sezim Crisis Center, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Sezim acts to prevent domestic violence and support victims. It runs a New Beginnings Club for women of 55+ Meerim Kadyrkulova reports: In …

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 …

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 Please bear with us as we migrate historical content over to our new platform and turn on the Russian language website.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 …