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Karena Avedissian

Karena Avedissian received her PhD from the University of Birmingham's Centre for Russian and East European Studies, concentrating on collective action in Russia. She divides her time between Los Angeles, London, and Yerevan.

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Latest posts by Karena Avedissian

4 December 2015

‘Asa Ayo'? No, Thanks. Armenian Opposition Gets Creative Ahead of Crunch Referendum

On December 6 Armenia's government will attempt to put the country's emboldened civil society back into its box. But is it too late?

7 May 2015

Did a Journalist Save a Chechen Teenager from Marrying a 57-Year-Old Police Captain? No.

RuNet Echo

Last week, we reported that a journalist had succeeded in preventing a Chechen teenager from being married against her will. It now appears the marriage will go through, after all.

1 May 2015

How a Russian Journalist Ruined a Chechen Wedding

RuNet Echo

How an independent Russian journalist averted the forced marriage of a 17-year-old Chechen girl to a high-ranking, 57-year-old police official.

15 December 2014

After Grozny Gun Battle, Human Rights Defenders in Chechnya Under Attack

RuNet Echo

Joint Mobile Group is one of Chechnya's last remaining human rights organizations. If it's forced from the republic, the loss to the local population would be difficult to exaggerate.

27 October 2014

Russia Step Ups Censorship of ISIS Social Media Content

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The move to forbid ISIS’s media content joins a trend of growing Internet surveillance and censorship in Russia, but the feasibility of weakening ISIS by targeting social media is questionable.

12 September 2014

North Caucasians’ Sad, Paradoxical Fight in Eastern Ukraine

RuNet Echo

In the North Caucasus, the long-deteriorating security situation and repressive local regimes have long burdened the population. Sadly, the region's structural violence is now spreading beyond, into Ukraine, too.

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