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Maxim Edwards

Maxim Edwards is the Eurasia editor for Global Voices. He is a British journalist, editor, and translator specialising in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and a former editor at openDemocracy and OCCRP.

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27 March 2020

An interview with Afgan Mukhtarli, abducted Azerbaijani journalist who now walks free

In May 2017 journalist Afgan Mukhtarli was abducted in the Georgian capital Tbilisi and reappeared in a jail cell in Azerbaijan. Recently released, he reflects on his ordeal.

19 March 2020

St Petersburg firm creates online bar for self-isolating Russians

RuNet Echo

As coronavirus cases in Russia rise, a startup in St Petersburg has launched a "virtual bar" where self-isolating Russians can build new friendships and feel a little less alone.

18 March 2020

Turkmenistan fights coronavirus with (more) isolation and herbal remedies

Turkmen officials deny any cases of COVID-19 in the country. They aim to keep the virus away by closing borders, testing incoming travellers, and burning an aromatic desert grass.

12 March 2020

Putin supports proposals paving the way for his continued rule

RuNet Echo

After months of speculation about Putin's successor, there is clarity: if passed, new constitutional amendments proposed this week will allow him to stay in office as president until 2036.

9 March 2020

Priest wins online anti-prize for Russia's ‘sexist of the year’

RuNet Echo

A Russian Orthodox priest who stated that women have "weaker minds" has been crowned Sexist of the Year for 2019 — an annual online anti-prize organised by feminist activists.

5 March 2020

Making sense of Moldova's ‘depopulation crisis’

An interview with sociologist Petru Negură on the causes and consequences of demographic decline in Moldova, home to one of the world's fastest-shrinking populations.

2 March 2020

Could Russia's ‘Sovereign Internet’ go international?

RuNet EchoAdvox

"Russia is not seeking to isolate itself from the world, rather to create a precedent which other states aspiring to sovereignty over their segments of the internet can follow," says...

20 February 2020

Pipeline problems for indigenous peoples on Russia's Yamal Peninsula

RuNet Echo

As gas pipelines creep across Russia's Yamal Peninsula, the lives of local reindeer herders are changing radically. Russia's energy companies say it's for the best — indigenous rights activists are...

19 February 2020

Holy controversy over proposal to mention God in Russia's constitution

RuNet Echo

The patriarch's proposal to mention God in the preamble of the new constitution has divided Russian commentators. Their debate is less about belief in the Almighty — and more about...

15 February 2020

Russians rally against torture after verdict against ‘terrorist cell’

RuNet Echo

Following a verdict against seven antifascist and anarchist activists, Russia's opposition discovers that whatever their political differences, they could all face the threat of torture.

14 January 2020

Ukrainian workers battle controversial new labour code

Ukrainian and international labour rights activists believe that the draft labour code will radically weaken employees' rights and the role of trade unions in the workplace

26 December 2019

What lies ahead for the RuNet in 2020?

RuNet EchoAdvox

Interview with Alexander Isavnin, a researcher at the Internet Protection Society, on the Russian government's next steps to regulate and control cyberspace.

22 December 2019

New documentary charts the RuNet's unlikely rise — and its fall

RuNet Echo

Twenty-five years on, Andrey Loshak's documentary series examines the ups and downs of Russia's internet, from its apparently idyllic beginnings to its uncertain future.

3 December 2019

Failed promises on electoral system reform prompts new wave of protest in Georgia

For the second time this year, the Georgian Dream government faces mass demonstrations.

25 November 2019

After a hot summer of protests, Germans debate their country's role in climate change

These decisions send a clear signal on where vital parts of the German government seem to be standing in the crucial battle against climate change.

6 November 2019

Behold Russia's new ‘sovereign internet’

RuNet EchoAdvox

The "sovereign internet" bill is about bringing the "critical infrastructure" of the RuNet under the state's oversight. That could mean a more effective implementation of Moscow's laws regulating expression online.

25 October 2019

Despite ban, Telegram survives in Russia — but for how long?

RuNet EchoAdvox

Most users still have access, but the authorities aren't giving up on attempts to block the instant messaging and voice app.

14 October 2019

Meet the civic activists documenting abuses in Crimea

RuNet Echo

Crimean Solidarity members livestream arrests, detentions, and court hearings on the occupied peninsula, and fundraise for detainees' legal fees. That's why Moscow has had enough of them.

10 October 2019

The Hungarian journalists who wouldn't keep quiet

Interview with Csaba Lukács, journalist and managing director of the independent weekly Magyar Hang, on the trials and tribulations of running a critical, conservative newspaper in Viktor Orbán's Hungary.

2 October 2019

Bearing witness to Putin's rise to power

Interview with Vitaly Mansky, a former film director with Russia's state TV, about his latest documentary — on Putin's rise to power, exactly 20 years ago.