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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 migration, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union, and a former editor at openDemocracy and OCCRP.

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What is Russia's endgame in Belarus?

Moscow has wearied of embattled President Alexander Lukashenka and is now concerned with protecting its interests in an eventual (and inevitable) transition of power, says Belarusian political scientist Yuri Tsarik.

Belarusian labour activists pressured as political crisis drags on

Growing labour unrest and strikes at key state-owned businesses have become a major challenge to embattled president Alyaksandr Lukashenka. The authorities have struck back with a pressure campaign against the...

Here's why this feminist philosopher has high hopes for Belarus’ protests

For the feminist and political philosopher Olga Shparaga, the protests in her country offer a chance to develop new solidarities and forge a feminist agenda for Belarus' future development

Lukashenka or Lukashenko? Why Anglophone media use different spellings for the embattled Belarusian leader

The answer: It depends.

‘Concerned IT specialists’ launch database of detained Belarusian protesters

Since August 9, over 7,000 people have been detained in mass protests against the Belarusian government. A new database provides their names and locations — in a bid to get...

Belarus in turmoil: The view from neighbouring Lithuania 

Lithuania has long played an outsized role in European engagement with Belarus. Its capital Vilnius teems with political exiles from Minsk — are today's protesters fated to join them?

How one Telegram channel became central to Belarus’ protests

A channel on the Telegram messeng er service run by four Belarusian journalists in Poland has become a crucial source of information on the political upheavals in their homeland

Belarusian workers support protesters with growing strikes

Workers across the country are striking in solidarity with Belarusians who have been detained and beaten during mass protests against President Alexander Lukashenka.

Belarus shuts down internet as thousands protest election results

As Alexander Lukashenka won a sixth consecutive term as president on August 10, Belarusians across the country faced difficulties getting online. Digital rights activists blame the authorities; the authorities blame...

Georgians approve of government's COVID-19 response but fear economic downturn, survey finds

A new survey reveals that Georgians approve of their leaders and institutions' response to COVID-19. Can the goodwill last until October's parliamentary elections?

Fruit picking in a pandemic: Europe's precarious migrant workers

Despite COVID-19, Eastern European seasonal labourers continued to toil on farms and in factories as before — sparking a fierce debate about the rights of migrants in wealthier EU states.

Russian journalist avoids jail term for ‘justifying terrorism’ – and fears a new assault on press freedoms

While her conviction remains in force, Svetlana Prokopyeva has avoided a prison sentence. The verdict was a silver lining in a new wave of arrests and criminal cases against journalists.

Russian doctors’ union launches ‘map of problems’ faced by medics during COVID-19

Russia's medical staff are increasingly vocal about hospital conditions and a lack of personal protective equipment during the pandemic. This interactive map allows them to tell the world about it.

Kremlin expands online voting possibilities amid COVID-19 fears

After the Russian government passed a bill expanding possibilities for voting online and by post, journalists and digital rights activists have started to question its potential for abuse.

Journalists in Russia's regions catalogue the ‘unseen victims’ of COVID-19

The wider social and economic consequences of COVID-19 have destroyed livelihoods and sometimes ended lives. Coronavictims.ru exists to catalogue what its founders call the "unseen" victims of the pandemic.

‘We're staying home today’: The unexpected anthem of Russia's COVID-19 lockdown

"We're staying home today," a 2017 song by Moscow band Hadn Dadn, has captivated a country cautiously emerging from lockdown.

Russians in lockdown celebrate a subdued Victory Day online

There were no parades this year. But the RuNet's resourcefulness prepared Russia well to commemorate Victory Day in lockdown — seamlessly converting the largest public holiday into a mass online event.

Prosecutions mount as Russia intensifies fight against COVID-19 ‘fake news’

Russia has made sharing "fake news" a criminal offence. Rights activists fear that charges will be brought against anybody questioning the state's account of the coronavirus pandemic.

Russians launch mass virtual protests using satnav application

People across Russia are logging onto a popular satnav to launch virtual protests. Within hours, the Yandex.Navigator app was showing empty squares and streets of cities in lockdown as "congested"

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.

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