Moldova against COVID-19: solitary or solidary?

By Petru Negura, 18 June 2020 See here for the original article on IOS Ostblog Spezial. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed, as in a drop of water, a series of weaknesses but also unsuspected strengths of the Moldovan state and society.  At a population of fewer than 3 million inhabitants (and 3.5 million with Transnistria), Moldova …

From Tuberculosis to COVID-19 in Russia’s Prisons

15.7.2020 BY OLGA ZEVELEVA A blog: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/gulagechoes/2020/07/15/lessons-of-the-recent-past-from-tuberculosis-to-covid-19-in-russias-prisons/ Lessons of the Recent Past: From Tuberculosis to COVID-19 in Russia’s Prisons BY JUDITH PALLOT, PI “GULAGECHOES” The Russian prison system is no stranger to epidemics. Faced with COVID-19, Russia has had a wealth of experience to draw upon. In this blog, and following on from the history of the …

June 2020 Newsletter

COVID-19 is still sadly dominating all our activities.  At BEARR we are trying to do as much as we can working from home, and hope you find our information, publications and other services a useful resource at this time. In this issue we have two articles on aspects of COVID-19 in EECA:Our BEARR Volunteer, Nathan …

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 …