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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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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.

16 September 2019

A professor's self-immolation puts the spotlight on the fragile future of Russia's minority languages

RuNet Echo

Many people discussing Razin's death seem bewildered that anyone would use minority languages in daily life, let alone die for them—an attitude by no means limited to Russia.

4 September 2019

Russian opposition divided over online ‘smart voting’ campaign

RuNet Echo

No Russian disillusioned with the country’s rulers has any qualms with voting against United Russia, but many are deeply uneasy about who this means they must vote for.

24 August 2019

Videoblogging shaman walks to Moscow to ‘exorcise’ Putin

RuNet Echo

The 51-year old Yakut shaman calls his quest divinely ordained, insisting that Putin is a manifestation of dark forces which must be banished to save Russia from ruin.

9 August 2019

Who turned off Moscow’s internet during recent protests?

RuNet EchoAdvox

Evidence suggests that law enforcement agencies pressured mobile network operators to get part of the capital offline for the duration of the protests.

5 August 2019

How protesters are ‘deanonymising’ Russia's riot police

RuNet Echo

Activists are identifying the men behind the helmets, truncheons, and riot shields, and sharing their names, dates of birth, and links to their social media profiles.

31 July 2019

As Siberia burns, Russia chokes

RuNet Echo

While forest fires are no rarity in Siberia, climate scientists stated that this year’s fires spread particularly aggressively due to a combination of strong winds and the unusually hot summer.

18 July 2019

Outrage in Moscow after opposition candidates barred from local election

RuNet Echo

State-appointed “handwriting experts” stepped in and discovered palpably absurd reasons to invalidate hundreds of signatures collected in support of independent candidates.

16 July 2019

Kremlin's new law against ‘online disrespect’ proves hard to implement

RuNet EchoAdvox

The law allows courts to fine or jail people found guilty of making “insulting statements” towards the authorities online.

12 July 2019

Moldova's journalists cautiously optimistic after ‘silent revolution’

Following inconclusive parliamentary elections, the pro-Russian and pro-EU opposition put their differences aside and formed a government, ousting the ruling party lead by the country's most powerful oligarch.

10 July 2019

Russia's north still up in arms over Moscow's trash exports

RuNet Echo

Resistance to a remote landfill has grown into a nationwide environmental protest movement.

5 July 2019

Russians quick to point fingers after deadly floods in Siberia

RuNet Echo

Thousands have lost their homes in the deluge, and some commentators aren’t taking ‘natural disaster’ as an answer.

25 November 2014

Internet Trolls Use ISIS to Write About Eastern Ukraine

RuNet Echo

Some believe the strange videos and images are the work of pro-Kyiv activists trying to smear Ukrainian rebels with ISIS affiliations. Or is it the other way around?